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Bullet Park by John Cheever
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Jul 09, 12

Read from July 01 to 08, 2012

A clever and hostile look at the woes and monotony of one family's suburban American life. While Eliot Nailles quietly and desperately tries to manage the unfulfilling fruits of the American dream, his son rejects his lifestyle and values (as he should) and the outsider (Hammer) tries to reconcile and remedy this wayward soulless path humanity has taken by making an example of Eliot and his family.

That's the general outline of the story, major themes aside it's Cheevers little insights and observations that make him so great. When his son Tony gets into poetry Eliot recognizes that while poetry is an "exalted art form" he can't help but associate it with "morbidly sensitive men." That is probably exactly how my father feels but would never be able to express his feeling with such acuity and sophistication. You've gotta be a poet to be able to do that.

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