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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    One of 20th Century America's Best Writers

    Most of my students scratch their heads and mutter 'Who?' when I tell them they will be reading the selected stories of John Cheever. When I tell them that Cheever is a representative of upper crusty, mid-twentieth century, cosmopolitan American cities, the sighs and groans can be heard crosstown. Then they read the stories: 'Goodbye, My Brother', 'The Swimmer', 'The Enormous Radio'... And the discussions are as lively as any instructor could hope for. And their excitement reminds me over and again of the thrill I had reading these stories for the first time. (I'm almost jealous of my students--I miss that first time pleasure.) These are stories perfect in their craftsmanship, memorable in their characters, and decidedly superior to anything of his time, and just about anything since. Pick up this collection and enjoy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    one of the best

    There are two art forms that are American in origin: jazz and the short story. And when you think of the best short story writers, you think of Ernest Hemingway and John Cheever. Cheever has been called the Chekhov of the American short story. Cheever's stories deal with suburban life, but with a bit of surrealism in it. And this Pulitzer prize winning collection is a must have on any list. It contains two of the best short stories ever written, 'The Swimmer' and 'The Five-Forty-Eight.' Some of the other of Cheever's best are: ¿The Enormous Radio¿, ¿Torch Song¿, ¿The Cure¿, ¿The Sorrows of Gin¿, ¿O Youth and Beauty!¿, ¿The Housebreaker of Shady Hill¿, ¿The Worm in the Apple¿, ¿The Country Husband¿, ¿The Scarlet Moving Van¿, ¿The Music Teacher¿, ¿The Brigadier and Gold Widow¿, ¿Artemis, the Honest Well Digger¿. These short stories will show why Cheever is one of America's best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2007

    The Master

    I used to think that Poe was the very best short story writer who ever lived... and then a friend gave me this book. Cheever has set a new standard, one which may never be reached by anyone, anywhere. Carver, Bukowski, even Hemingway are dwarfed by this man's immense shadow. Long live the King.

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  • Posted September 30, 2014

    The best

    This is a transcendent collection and a knife hard glimpse into the WASP life that we all tend to idealize. Here is all the heartache, alcoholism, denial and politesse that we expect from our favorite Anglo-Saxon protototypes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2010

    The Great

    John Cheever's short stories are absolutely brilliant. His ability to mythologize the deterioration of the American Dream is magical. I first read Cheever in High School, but I didn't quite understand his work. I'm now reading Cheever heavily in college and have realized the power of his words. Pick up a copy of this collection. Notable stories are: "The Swimmer", "The Country Husband", "Torch Song", "The Enormous Radio", and many many more. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    An American Treasure

    John Cheever remains an American Treasure. There is really no other writer to compare him to. I had this collection and wore out the pages reading and re-reading it. This special edition will be a gem in my library to be enjoyed for years to come.

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