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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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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.
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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