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Welcome to Bullet Park, a township in which even the most buttoned-down gentry sometimes manage to terrify themselves simply by looking in the mirror. When in John Cheever turned from the lovable Wapshots to the weird creatures who inhabit Bullet Park, most reviewers attacked or. Jenne begins with Joyce’s Dubliners while I flip open a novel by John Cheever, Bullet Park. I had picked it up used a few months ago after being intrigued by.

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The narrator shows us the inevitable intersection of the two men’s lives — insider and outsider, conventional and anarchic, self and shadow.

A metaphor for the perceived attack on or deterioration of middle class values during the ‘s? Nonetheless this was interesting and worth reading. He would go on and on about tertiary characters and we’d never really hear of them again. Jan 02, Ugh rated it liked it. Reading any sentence in this book, it seems not only impossible that anyone would surpass him in ability and intellect, it sometimes feels impossible that there even exists a human being who could understand and articulate something so majestically and powerfully.

About John Cheever John Cheever was born in I’ve been meaning to read Cheever all my adult life, but didn’t expect to like parl — suburban malaise is not a subject I need to spend a lot more time exploring.

Bullet Park

Its presence nay, necessity in the emotional and allegorical thrust of the book becomes clear only pages and pages later, in the final, abrupt, cruel, bitter climax. There is such torment and it is thick and ripe and you can sense and feel it with all cells of your body.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Early on it becomes clear this is highly satirical, though this becomes a bit of a problem at times when you realize it’s not particularly funny. Read it Forward Read it first. Father and son go to an abandoned miniature golf course which serves as a gothic setting for their encounter. My own true love was a piece of white thread and that was so.


Part one introduces an average man, Nailles, living in an average and depressing suburb of New York. A man obsesses over a room in a stranger’s house falling in love with it, holding it as his only place of quiet and happiness–then settles into the suburbs to murder the boy. The divorce rate was way down, the suicide rate was a secret; traffic casualties averaged twenty-two a year becasue of a windign highway that seemed to have been drawn on the map by a child with a grease pencil.

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Doctors can’t cure him, but an Indian spiritualist gets him excited with mantras. The ending, too, is really strange. Locations – Rome, the Italian Alps, Switzerland, Cleveland – come and go without need or apparent purpose.

Preview — Bullet Park by John Cheever. I read it at a time when I sort of identified with the central agonist We do not fall in love–I thought–we re-enter love, and I had fallen in love with a memory–a piece of white thread and a thunderstorm.

The book deals with the failure of the American dream, spoken in a fable-like tone, in similar vein with Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road and The Great Gatsby. She was renowned within our family for her humor and wit. There is such a sadness here.

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In a way, I hesitate to give this novel merely a 4 because I’m guessing that when Cheever originally wrote it init was a bullrt deal more astounding. I am also tired of so many writers with sexual hangups. Still, this is the first of Cheever’s novels I’ve read cheevr not completely despised. You read novels, philosophy, stuff like that and it makes you feel old.

A serious, hilarious, quirky, disjointed allegory about s upper-middle-class suburbs — a spiritual story about people who have lost their connection to spirituality.

When Cheever moved from one character to the next, I felt like he was never going to get back to the main story. But what good does it do, he thinks?


People hurt and love for all sorts of reasons, yet with neither rhyme nor reason? Many of his works also express a nostalgia for a vanishing way of life, characterized by abiding cultural traditions and a profound sense of community, as opposed to the alienating nomadism of modern suburbia. Also by John Cheever. But the novel is bigger than my own personal ancestry or illumination: In the first pages, I could see each scene being shot following Matthew Weiner’s script.

Fortunately, though this point has been made multitudes of times since humans could hold pencils, he delivers in a twisted and interesting way with a commanding sense of cheevee that helps you identify with the glimpses of these tortured moments. There’s no question that our highest literary praise is still reserved for all that is slick, polished, and cinematic.

When I bkllet this, I’ve noticed that if I can look into the face of the stranger and get some clue to the kind of person he is I feel better but, as I say, it was getting dark and you couldn’t see the faces of any of these strangers as they played through.

It has that old-world charm that’s evidenced in his stories, though, again, his stories are much better. Well, if you want to learn the rules of how novels work, it’s good to read ones that won’t or can’t play by those rules.

Cheever makes it fresh, and throws in the counterpoint to the protagonist Nailles — the sociopathic Bullef who decides on a whim to murder Nailles’ son. The first section of the book is devoted largely to Nailles, an earnest husband and mouthwash salesman struggling to reconcile the animal facts of existence with the stifling suburban milieu. Return to Book Page.