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John Cheever
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The Five-Forty-Eight

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Here are twelve magnificent stories in which John Cheever celebrates -- with unequaled grace and tenderness -- the deepest feelings we have.

As Cheever writes in his preface, 'These stories seem at times to be stories of a long-lost world when the city of New York was still filled with a river light, when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stati
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Published September 22nd 2009 by Caedmon (first published April 10th 1954)
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May 10, 2015 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, 2015
I have never read Cheever. I read recently that Cheever was a remarkable wordsmith and that Cheever's short stories are where his talent is best displayed. This is the first one I selected to investigate this for myself. It is well written and has a Chekhovian slice of flawed life aspect. Reminded me of The Lady with The Dog although the stories are not that similar.

Feeling rushed for time I almost typed that I had "read that Cheever's shorts are where his talent is best displayed." The irony o
Jul 14, 2015 Realini rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-story, pulitzer
The Five Forty Eight by John Cheever
Formidable story, 10 out of 10

After a short story with a long, strange sounding name- The Day the Pig Fell into the Well- I have read one with a much drier, restrained title
The 5 48 refers to a train where most of the tense action takes place, with a kidnapping and a sort of payback involved.
Blake is the first character we meet and the hero of the tale, who is somehow abused by a woman who wants revenge.
Her name is Miss Dent and what I can say in her favor is
Mar 21, 2016 Joshie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Blake (his last name, not his first) was an subtly arrogant, subtly emotionally abusive and/or subtly narcissistic man who was (like most men his age as he believed) found himself stuck in an unhappy, tedious and estranged relationship with his wife. With these reasons he deemed sensible enough, he decided to pursued a one night stand with his new and turned-out-to-be unhinged secretary which he fired the next day because (1) he was appalled by her crying and (2) he found her handwriting crude a ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Luiz rated it it was ok
Chefe safadinho come a secretária e no outro dia a demite. Ela fica loucona e um dia consegue perseguir ele até o deixar de cara no chão.

Interessante troca de papéis. A secretária com crazy eyes simboliza as mulheres que o chefe safadinho explorou ao longo da vida, e o confrontando consegue achar uma cura/catarse e pode seguir a vida, enquanto que o coitado sacode a poeira depois dela ir embora e segue sem mudar nada.
Nov 14, 2012 Sebastian rated it it was ok
A guy stuck in an unhappy marriage spends a night with his emotionally distraught secretary. Realizing his mistake in getting involved with a potentially unstable woman, he fires her the next day, not realizing she is significantly more unbalanced than most women. Six months later she begins to stalk him.
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John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer, sometimes called "the Chekhov of the suburbs" or "the Ovid of Ossining." His fiction is mostly set in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the suburbs of Westchester, New York, and old New England villages based on various South Shore towns around Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was born.

His main themes include the duality of human nature:
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