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Oh What a Paradise It Seems

Oh What a Paradise It Seems

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by John Cheever

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An old man falls violently in love and does valiant battle against unscrupulous polluters in John Cheever's ineffably joyful last novel.


An old man falls violently in love and does valiant battle against unscrupulous polluters in John Cheever's ineffably joyful last novel.

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Anatole Broyard
John Cheever seethes with literature. He seems drunk with it, as if life itself, as well as the wish to write about it, made him happy. He is perhaps our most sophisticated optimist....In ''Oh What a Paradise It Seems,'' Mr. Cheever's felicities and eccentricities are in full spate....He invents when he wishes and stops where he pleases, as if he were mocking the naivete and the imaginative timidity of the literalminded. I can't say that I'm comfortable with the ending of the book, but I gave up some time ago the notion that art was a comfortable affair. I find myself still mulling over ''Oh What a Paradise It Seems,'' still feeling my way through it, and I believe that's what John Cheever intended. -- New York Times
From the Publisher
"John Cheever is an enchanted realist, and his voice, in his luminous short stories and in incomparable novels like Bullet Park and Falconer, is as rich and distinctive as any of the leading voices of postwar American literature." —Philip Roth

"This is perfect Cheever—it is perfect." —The New York Times Book Review

"A luminous epiphany of life.... A charming fable of old age, nostalgia, and loss...engaging and complex...vivid and alive." —The Washington Post Book World

"Beautiful...graceful...winning...both upbeat and true to life.... Oh, what a literary paradise is John Cheever!" —San Francisco Chronicle

"Filled with the master's wonderful word magic.... There simply isn't another writer like him...a delight." —Chicago Tribune

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Vintage Classic
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5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

One of America’s most distinguished writers of short fiction, John Cheever (1912-1982) has been dubbed "the Chekhov of the suburbs," skillfully revealing the inner lives beneath the facade. His collected stories won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979. In addition to his short fictions — including his best-known story "The Swimmer" — Cheever wrote the Wapshot Chronicle novels. In 1982, he was awarded the National Medal for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 27, 1912
Date of Death:
June 18, 1982
Place of Birth:
Quincy, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
Ossining, New York
Thayer Academy

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Oh What a Paradise It Seems 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cheever penned this environmental treatise before being a tree hugger was cool. Wonderfully written with a sometimes brutal honesty, Cheever remains one of the best ever in the short fiction format. The constraints of short fiction are sometimes evident in this book -- rapid detail and stripped down action can leave the reader wanting more. He is sadly neglected now by most readers. Seek out this master.