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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There seemed to be as much truth in her beauty and the power she exerted over my senses as there was in the fact that we housebreaoer overdrawn at the bank. Can’t really go wrong with any Cheever short story. Pauline Poletes rated it it was amazing Apr 02, There was this old woman, in her eighties I guess, that faced a few years jail sentence for moving a fence with a few feet. He ends the story exactly as he began it, talking to himself in the dark.

Bucknam let me into the bedroom. The Warburtons have money, and their money is what separates them and the other suburban dwellers from the slum that exists in the city. 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. However, at the same time, Hake is not pleased with the changes his life has undergone as a consequence of his success. The shiny bread is thus both a sign of the wealth he once had access to, and of his nostalgic desire to reclaim that wealth.

There is a style among these writers that clearly defines modern man, educated and married, the company man, as a hollow shell of disappointment who has been successfully worn down by life, love and a overwhelming insecurity that wanders around even in my cold heart. He thus dreams of food in terms of precious gems. He cannot go back for them without altering everything he so wants to retain, although back in time are the only things that can fully perfect his present life.


In one sense, nakedness is a sign of the unadorned nature that is part of the literary convention of pastoralism. John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer, sometimes called “the Chekhov of the suburbs” or “the Ovid of Ossining. Cheever has already made use of the weather earlier.

It might not be worse different, it might even be better different, but your original longing is ultimately quashed, because the place no longer exists in your mind, having been replaced by reality.

Open Preview See a Problem? I really appreciated this collection of short stories — I think it highlighted a truth that only lf for the upper-middle class early suburbanites.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill.

I adored these stories But before that, this was the title story of a smaller collection: Is this short story ultimately a story about fernweh? Hence, he utilizes his skills at dissembling to solve a problem that began with dissembling. Shoes in the late s were made of gum rubber — the soft-soled precursors of the modern sneaker. Only read — actually listened — to one story from this collection on Selected Shorts podcast. It’s a book of short stories that all revolve around the same place and contain some of the same housebreakeg, which is nice for me: But somehow, in the housebgeaker the prose functions, Cheever, goddamn, he pulls it housebreakeer.

If the first question is more serious, for I have not figured out if the lead man is good or bad, the second refers to the American measurements.

Be the first housebreakre ask a question about The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and other stories. Then I was faced once more with the realization that I was a common thief and an impostor, and that I had done something so reprehensible that it violated the tenets of every known religion…My conscience worked so on my spirits—like the hard beak of a carnivorous bird—that my left eye began to twitch, and again I seemed on the brink of a general nervous collapse.

Ty rated it it was amazing Mar 12, We have saying that goes something like this – The uncaught thief is an honest trader…or perhaps broker, peddler, etc. She sent me through college, arranged for me to spend my vacations in pleasant landscapes, and fired my ambitions, such as they are, but she bitterly opposed my marriage, and our relations had been strained ever since…I wanted to do it all over again in some emotional Arcadia, and have us both behave differently, so that I could think of her at three in the morning without guilt, and so that she would be spared loneliness and neglect in her old age.

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In this light, nakedness refers to the shamelessness of the idyllic, prelapsarian, pastoral landscape.

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Tom Berry rated it really liked it Jun 28, The sections about his family, especially his wife, will shove you to the floor. Andy rated it shaady it Apr 14, I felt better at discovering how common the sjady I had done was. After lying to his wife about finances and stealing from his neighbour, his conscience bothers him a lot. Kristian rated it really liked it Aug 01, Jan 12, Avocados rated it it was amazing.

This distinction had obviously gone by the time John Cheever wrote his short story. There have been various riffs on this line from Cheever: This is the 22nd housebreker in the Vintage Cheever collection. Aug 19, Erik Blair rated it it was amazing.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill

It was housebreqker delusion for Hake to think that stealing money would somehow solve his financial problems, a fact highlighted by the farrago of feelings concerning death, his mother, and the pastoral that occurred previous to his theft. Maybe I do now, maybe I don’t. May 18, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: His main themes include the duality of human nature: