Oh What a Paradise It Seems

Oh What a Paradise It Seems

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by John Cheever
     
 

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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

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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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"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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679737858
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1st Vintage International ed
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
919,842
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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