The Westcotts buy a radio which in some peculiar fashion picks up sounds in other By John Cheever Jim has the radio fixed so that there is no interference. by John Cheever One day, their old radio stops working and Jim promises to buy a new one. The Enormous Radio Questions and Answers. The Enormous Radio has ratings and 34 reviews. classic reverie said: Wow! What a insightful story on how a couple’s life has changed in a matter of d.

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The Enormous Radio

Going to the movies, concerts and the aforementioned radio. Right from the start, Cheever has told us they are well-versed in playing the part enorrmous a successful couple and in hiding the serious fault lines on the verge of erupting. With such an opening, the reader just knows that some deep, dark secret must emerge over the course of the story. The depth mainly seems to come from its prescience.

Take a second to support The Mookse and the Gripes on Patreon! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Horton, Donald, and R. Jim claims that Irene was completely calm about the abortion. Jim believes that the radio is the problem, not the abusive husband in the same building as them.

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Every free moment she has is spent reveling in the juicy details of her apartment building: Irene Fuller is a bored and lonely New York housewife. Learn how your enormpus data is processed. Even the most average and ordinary-seeming people harbour darkness and secrets.


The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

The sanitized and statistical news of suffering around the world does not haunt the wife, nor any of us, the way Cheever imagines actually hearing their lives would. On the way home, Irene speaks of the stars like a little candle throwing its beam as to “shine a good deed in a naughty world. Refresh and try again. I eonrmous even really like his writing style, regardless of the story topic. It is revealed at the end of the story that Irene not only had an abortion, but it was without the consent of her husband.

It is ironic that the thing purchased to bring joy to the Westcotts’ life only causes trouble between them. Have you ever been involved in that?

The Gumwood cabinet is “dark” and does not fit in with the living room furnishings and colors that Irene had personally chosen. This major event alone is traumatic for a woman.

July 9th, 5 Comments. Irene was proud of her ennormous room, she had chosen its furnishings sand colors as carefully as she chose her clothes, and now it seemed to her that the new radio stood among her intimate possessions like an aggressive intruder.

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The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

Jim and Irene are very much the main characters in this two-person play. Dermot Post Author October 24, Once again Old Time Radio directs my reading by interesting me in something I heard! To ask other readers questions about The Enormous Radioplease sign up.


Irene shifted the control and invaded the privacy of several breakfast tables. Jim and Irene Westcott were the kind of people who seem to strike that satisfactory average of income, endeavor, and respectability that is reached by the stastistical reports in college enogmous bulletins.

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Short Story Analysis: The Enormous Radio by John Cheever – The Sitting Bee

The voyeuristic nature of “The Enormous Radio” speaks to our use of social media today: Irene is unsettled by the new radio to the extent that she leaves the house, goes out for a walk and comes home only after the maid has dealt with the children. The Westcotts has a special interest in music and spends most of their time listening to the radio. Thanks for the comment Morad.

Domestic Gothic literature began with Walpole. Irene has suppressed and hidden her feelings to others and herself for a long time. I listened to this short story. From t I listened to this short story.

To be perfectly frank with you, I worry about money a great deal. Lists with This Book.