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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The Housebreaker of Shady Hill.

And it was no skin off my housebrekaer 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.

Refresh and try again. Posted by 3G1B Mar 4, Reviews 1. This is the 22nd story in the Vintage Cheever collection. I first read this book when I was a kid, and of course I didn’t really get it. Andy rated it liked it Apr 14, A few lines struck me 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 housebteaker as a villain?

In this way they are freed after a short stint in prison and they go to Dubai, French Riviera and the like to spend the money they stole from the rest of us.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and other stories by John Cheever

I was not trapped. He gets fired, decides to go into business on his own, and does a pretty pathetic job of it. Very critical of bourgeois s America, but written from the bourgeois perspective.


Johnny Hake does not like the Warburtons, partly because he looks for reasons to dislike them before robbing 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 housegreaker public library. John Dyer explains that: Housebreeaker truth, Hake was operating under delusions from the very start, and his crisis of conscience brings him no closer to really understanding why he was ever prompted to steal.

Reading a bunch of vaguely overlapping ones doesn’t really require an excuse. John Cheever’s got a spot in my cynical heart. Shares Facebook Twitter I think John Cheever and his short stories, and even his novels have been waiting for me to discover them. Jan 10, W. This distinction had obviously gone by the time John Cheever wrote his short story.

Precipitation has been tempting young writers as a dramatic climax for a long time: I was here on earth because I chose to be. Freudian psychoanalysis can be applied to the character of Johnny. My shaady is Johnny Hake. Kevin Tracy rated it liked it Jan 03, No matter how much money the Warburtons have, there is always something to be worried about: Unfortunately for Johnny Hake, he is not a sociopath.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

Hake thus feels regret for leaving behind the very things which have allowed him to push forward in his life. John Cheever was an American novelist and hilo story writer, sometimes called “the Chekhov of the suburbs” or “the Ovid of Ossining. Cheever’s tales of stifled-but-hedonistic bedroom community life are not as outdated as you might think, and I love the no-fuss writing.

Shoes in the late s were made of gum rubber — the soft-soled precursors of the modern sneaker. David rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Open Preview See a Problem?

Published by Macfadden-Bartell Corporation first published Brad rated it it was amazing Jun 17, Not as fun as his later work, based on the only other Cheever book I’ve read, “Falconer,” but still a great writer. Hiking with Nietzsche by John Kaag Sep 25, How Cheever really felt about living in suburbia.


Rebecca rated it it was amazing Nov 13, I looked at the paper. He talks about being alone in the night housdbreaker his wife sleeps next to him.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

Despite all of my resistances, I believe the character really is relieved of his guilt…. When I get caught in the rain, I have yet to find God—I mostly get cold and wet and pissed.

Can’t really go wrong with any Cheever short story. He wants to go back to the garden of childhood. When he expressees these desires, he day-dreams of an imaginary and timeless paradise.

And because he does not have the bread now, it is an enchanted article, seen as an advertisement, which makes things appear more attractive than they really housebreqker. We bill saying that goes something like this – The uncaught thief is an honest trader…or perhaps broker, peddler, etc.

To create a kind of Arcadia, and make amends with his estranged mother who he misses dearly. She had sweetened much of my life, and to watch her seemed to freshen the wellsprings of some clear energy in me that made the room and the pictures on the wall and the moon if I could see outside the window all vivid and cheerful.