I wonder in which circumstances John Cheever decided to write a sequel? You will probably grow to be more interested in Coverly than before, because his character also receives much more development. Cheever kan vertellen en neemt je als lezer mee en stuwt je vooruit. The characters in The Wapshot Chronicle were amazing. I am not sure what I expected. And love for his subject, of course.
The military committees removing security status at Coverly's missile base is a wonderful snark towards the McCarthy trials. I did have a difficult time at first remembering who was who but made myself a character list and that helped. I've got a thing for John Cheever. But The Wapshot Chronicle, which won the 1958 National Book Award, established him as a major novelist. Wapshot is undeniably funny and poignant if you can work through the slow passages, but he clearly had better work ahead of him after this debut novel.
The once prosperous boating village described herein, is now a lackluster society in which two sons, Moses and Coverly, foresee no future and thereby leap into the modern 20th century for travails and accomplishments not provided by the lonely dank of St. To some of us we find that the only means of dealing with our troubles is to escape from them. What do the townspeople come to expect of Honora, what does she expect from herself, and how is this brought to bear on other Wapshots? Are the men happy about it? The story is shot through with a gently melancholic poetry which I associate with that generation. Cheever does his best to create a memorable setting in St. Known by scientists to induce madness. Finding himself a mere accessory on their estate, his constant rebellion is motivated by the one thing that can symbolize his independence. He studies and becomes a civil servant traveling far and away from his comfort zone.
A true sui-generis female character, Cousin Honora -- aka the Wonderful Honora, the Splendid Honora and the Grand Honora Wapshot -- is the controller of the Wapshot purse strings and is the novel's emotional heart. John Cheever writes almost always about the American life. Regardless, rounded up and recommended. It was as if he was trying to create the same level of detail you find in a short story, but without realizing that a novel has a different kind of pacing, a different kind of arc. Buy it used for a reasonable price. This amount is subject to change until you make payment. But The Wapshot Chronicle, which won the 1958 National Book Award, established him as a major novelist.
Some of the greater deliveries include the descriptions of matriarchal Honora and Justina and their heavy handed manipulation of the people around them. Cheever has this way of writing, of story telling, that pulls the reader in. Gentle light appearing in sky. The plot is really loose and he does a lot to develop characters. Everything that happens seems to take place in these odd little microcosms ever-so-slightly separated from the real world. The Wapshot Chronicle is Cheever at his best.
He published his first collection, The Way Some People Live, in 1943. Wapshot takes her under her wing and enjoys nursing her back to health. Have haircut once a week. I would recommend reading them in order but I also wouldn't be too adamant about it. It touches on everything from a plane hi-jacking to an Easter egg pay-off gone awry.
But the boys must leave their stagnant little home place and make their way in the world, a sometimes alarming proposition since the boys have been handsomely equipped with the airs and attitudes of 19th Century New England and not much beyond that. The chapter on the Senate hearing made me laugh aloud. I am not sure what I expected. His characters are troubled in their marriages, house, or with the law. He takes Coverly under his wing, not as a favor, but because he considers him simple.
I believe he is influenced by Edith Wharton and has influenced great story teller Alice Hoffman. Coverley, the scientist, married to man-hating and frigid Bet I realized why I was having difficulty with this elegantly written book when I was about 40% of the way through - there is no protagonist! But this leisurely story constantly sets you up for unexpected events, that make you feel like Mr. I picked up my coffee cup and bags, and ran. Cheever starts us out in St. The flight attendant was summoned, and a passenger suggested that the air conditioner was leaking, a suggestion the flight attendant rejected so decisively and defensively that it seemed as if this were her own personal plane.