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. The mild adultery, the man sucked under the morning express, the man who knows the different sounds trees make in the wind – larch, tulip, oak.

I’m not afraid of the dark but there are some kinds of human ignorance that frighten me. It was windy, as I say, and there was more thunder and it looked like rain and the light on the course was failing so you really couldn’t see buolet faces of the men who played through.

Trivia About Bullet Park. A graduate of Northwestern University, she read prolifically throughout her life. I struggled at times to get my head around Cheever’s flitting between times and characters, but that was nothing compared with my struggle to understand what on earth point he was trying to make.

That she permitted us the first half seems, in retrospect, xheever have been some ingenious form of punishment.

There oark such torment and it is thick and ripe and you can sense and feel it with all cells of your body. There were of no importance. Jan 15, Pages Buy.

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An upper middle class New York suburb is chosen by an apparent psychopath for the location of a senseless murder. Overall, it’s a book that bears re-reading, once you’ve figured out its game. What a great surprise Bullet Park turned out to be. Bulley where Mad Men is always perfect in form and style, Cheever is like a bull set loose: Part two describes a sick rich man, Hammer, who searches for happiness in a yellow room.

You read the books they write for little children and you’ll keep young. Father and son go to an abandoned miniature golf paek which serves as a gothic setting for their encounter. It would be almost a decade before he ventured joohn. When Cheever moved from one johj to the next, I felt like he was never going to get back to the main story.

And, I think the point Cheever is making is that you need to look more closely at people because they just aren’t as simple as they seem. Perhaps Cheever was prescient enough to anticipate the technology.

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Bullet Park by John Cheever. The story breaks into three parts. I’ll read it again some time, now that I know what to expect. 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.

Memorable quotes pg 10 “Vital statistics? Carried the paperback around with me for the three or four days I read it, sneaking reads in chairs here or cars there and lines everywhere – luxuriating in Cheever’s masterful, seemingly effortless and eternally enlightening delightful descriptions of lounge light, thanatonic thunder, scary suburbia, mad mothers, fucked-off fathers, and, as always, alcoholism.


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Return to Book Page. Why haven’t I bloody read Cheever before?! 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.

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Bu,let 13, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was good for many reasons, good stories, good writing, good themes, well developed characters, and more. What was the importance of Tony’s being sick, other than to move things along with a bit of suspense, for example? Refresh and try again. Cheever was not a novelist. Grotesquely funny and full of bizzare symbolism. A clean, artful and disorienting sentence.

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. I read it at a time when I sort of identified with the central agonist In a way you feel very sorry for some of them if they were so unlikable with their tortoise shooting sense of entitlement. When I feel 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 cheeer see the faces of any of these strangers as they played through.

You don’t read cheevfr book for the plot, but for the prose. Mar 29, Kirstie rated it really liked it. I’ve been meaning to read Cheever all my adult life, but didn’t expect to like him — suburban malaise is not a subject I need to spend a lot more time exploring.