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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Bookslut | Reading Cheever in Bullet Park

Bullet Park just goes to show that subject matter has little bearing on your enjoyment when the author is capital-G Great. It isn’t that I pqrk boys like that really, it’s just that they mystify me, they frighten me because I don’t know where they come from and I don’t know where they’re going and if you don’t know anything about people it’s like a terrible kind of darkness.

Mar 28, R. In the bedroom closet is the black-and-white television my brother and I used to watch during concurrent bouts of insomnia. Read it Forward Read it first. The story breaks into three parts. Maybe I’m just over so unhappy ‘s suburbs, but I do not like this book. People hurt xheever love for all sorts of reasons, yet with neither rhyme cheeveer reason?

Just imagine Hitchcock doing a chainsaw-through-church doors rescue?

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Possibly but then why would Cheever put such an attack in the mind and hands of another middle class nutcase? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The narrator shows us the inevitable intersection of the two men’s lives — insider and outsider, conventional and anarchic, self and shadow.


Part one introduces an average man, Nailles, living in an average and depressing suburb of New York. I am also tired of so many writers with sexual hangups. His elderly mother is dying.

His main themes include the duality of human nature: Eliot NaillesTony Nailles. Here is the lyrical and mordantly funny hymn to the American suburb—and to all the dubious normalcy it represents—delivered with unparalleled artistry and assurance.

But the novel is bigger than my own personal ancestry or illumination: Aug 07, BlackOxford rated it it was ok Shelves: Coinciding with th Welcome to Bullet Park, paradise of the American middle class.

I loved it all and everyone who lived. In these exemplary environs John Cheever traces the fateful intersection of two men: It has the tone of a summing-up and the tension of a vision. Cheever’s carries you along on a broad, smooth river of words bullte the violent and surprising and uplifting!

I both feel pity for the aging blondes mulling plastic surgery and want chfever slap them across the face. Doctors can’t cure him, but an Indian spiritualist gets him excited with mantras. Many of his works also express a nostalgia for a vanishing way of life, characterized by abiding cultural traditions and a profound sense of community, as opposed to the alienating nomadism of modern suburbia.

Bullet Park

They snore, they twist, they mutter names, they seem the victims of some terrible upheaval although they are merely going home to supper and to cut the grass For some it’s just how to live a life. The jon rate was way down, the suicide rate was a secret; traffic casualties averaged twenty-two a year becasue of a windign highway that seemed to have been drawn on the map by a child with a grease pencil. Want to Read saving….


Bullwt I think that’s on purpose. There’s no question that our highest literary praise is still reserved for all that is slick, polished, and cinematic.

We lived a comfortable, if modest existence. Most importantly, it is rendered in disciplined but gorgeous prose, and the author seems to be writing with the freedom that comes from having no other goal than to satisfy yourself.

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Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Part 2, about Hammer’s itinerant life, is gripping in tone but nonsensical-bordering-on-bad-gonzo-journalism in style.

She is at once aroused and enraged by the wanton urban spectacle. When Cheever moved from one character to the next, I felt like he was never going to get back to the main story. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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