Oh What a Paradise It Seemsby John Cheever
John Cheever's last novel is a fable set in a village so idyllic it has no fast-food outlet and having as its protagonist an old man, Lemuel Sears, who still has it in him to fall wildly in love with strangers of both sexes. But Sears's paradise is threatened; the pond he loves is being fouled by unscrupulous polluters. In Cheever's accomplished hands the battle between an elderly romantic and the monstrous aspects of late-twentieth-century civilization becomes something ribald, poignant, and ineffably joyful.
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"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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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.