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The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
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Jul 03, 2012

bookshelves: american-fiction, american-short-stories
Read in June, 2012

I honestly hadn't read much Cheever before this volume: a few stories here and there, including The Swimmer, which has had and continues to have the same unsettling effect on me.

What I love about Cheever is that he never became stuck in one piece of terrain, whether geographic or literary. Rather, he flitted between the lives of Americans of every social class, living in cities, country, and suburbs, and frequently in a state of ennui in Paris or Italy. There are these motifs that pop up throughout: recurring characters, recurring fictional communities, and you get the feeling that these stories blend together into a whole fictional world, a little microcosm inside Cheever's head that is a remarkable reflection of the anxious postwar America outside.
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