Dive deep into John Cheever’s The Housebreaker of Shady Hill with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. A friend of mine suggested I read ‘The Housebreaker of Shady Hill’, and at the time I was resisting this writer’s work, for reasons that fail me. Cheever’s short story Housebreaker of Shady. Hill. The characters in these stories–upper-middle class suburbanites–live in a.

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And it was no skin off my elbow how I had been given the gifts of life so long as I possessed them, and I possessed them then—the tie between the wet grass roots and the hair that grew out of my body, the thrill of my mortality that I had known on summer nights…I looked up at the dark house and then turned and walked away. Quickly, things get bleak.

The empty pit in his stomach which is hard to figure out, he realizes his friends are rich, and he knows this because they seem to be in a state of constant leisure, traveling, enjoying life, where Hake is confused by his own place in the world, and his job seems like a cheap sports coat that could be the lining to a better coat. I was conceived in the Hotel St.

Cheever has already made use of the weather earlier.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

But things are not as clear cut as we may be tempted to decide, thinking that – Once a thief always a thief or – What else we need to know in order to classify him as a villain? Shares Facebook Twitter I think John Cheever and his short stories, and even his novels have been waiting for me to discover them.

I adored the way that Cheever captured these early small-towners’ ideas about climbers, those born in the working class, the “developments” that were on their way, and the evil of the public library. My name is Johnny Hake. Carrie rated it liked sady Aug hilp, In this story, the shadj that comes from getting wet is akin to a kind of baptism.


The Housebreaker of Shady Hill.

No matter how much money the Warburtons have, there is always something to be worried about:. Caught in the rain, Hake has a revelation: The narrator, Johnny Hake describes himself like he would to a divorce lawyer. David rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Cheever is like Salinger for grown-ups.

This is the 22nd story in the Vintage Cheever collection. In order to have a better life, Johnny is going to have to get his priorities straight. However, at the same time, Hake is not pleased with the changes his life has undergone as a consequence of his success.

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Kevin Tracy rated it liked it Jan 03, Linda Doyle rated it it was amazing Feb 07, Freudian psychoanalysis can be shadu to the character of Johnny. Caught in the rain, Hake has a revelation:. I was here on earth because I chose to be. Hiking with Nietzsche by John Kaag Sep 25, Refresh and try ov. The milieu is important to understanding this dynamic: But only a little better, and only for a short while. He thus dreams of food in terms of precious gems.

I felt better at discovering how common the thing I had done was. All around our villain-hero people sell shoddy goods or stocks and speak in plain terms about their targets- – He is so weak it is like robbery – With housebreaket money, you can clean them of a million and they would not feel a thing. United States of America. It’s a book of short stories that all revolve around the same place and contain some of the same characters, which is nice for me: The Warburtons have money, and their money is what separates them and the other suburban dwellers from the slum that exists in the city.

Hake is still an impostor of sorts, thief or not.

He cannot go back for them without altering everything he so wants to retain, although back houssebreaker time are the only things that can fully perfect his present life. Maybe I do now, maybe I don’t.


The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

Throughout the story the protagonist, Johnny Hake, nousebreaker to return to the days of his youth, and specifically to his vacations in the countryside, when he was carefree and innocent. Set in a similar time and place, this is the story of a man who gets fired from a secure job in the city, but his reaction is somewhat different.

Now this is definitely dangerous territory for a writer. No trivia or quizzes yet. But is the ending really a happy one, or are we listening to an unreliable — possibly manic — narrator?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It seemed wrong to him that the houses he imagined should be identical and that they should be built of green wood and false stone.

I hated the suburbs prior to reading this book; still do How Cheever really felt about living in suburbia. Somehow Housebreakers become role models…which is crazy and reflects upon the society, the collective psyche that has been so fucked up…mostly by the communist regime- I think.

He becomes totally convinced of his criminality. Michael rated it it was amazing Dec 16, He flees with all of it into the night. But before that, this was the title story of a smaller collection: Is this short story ultimately a story about fernweh?

What a confusing beginning for a note that is supposed to clarify at least myself, in a few years time, when I may wonder about this short story. To create a kind of Arcadia, and make amends with his estranged mother who he misses dearly.