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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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Freudian psychoanalysis can be applied to the character of Johnny. The Warburtons have money, and their money is what separates them and the other suburban dwellers from the slum that exists in the city. To ask other readers questions about The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and other storiesplease sign up.

Send me 3G1B posts by email! The empty pit in his stomach which is hard to figure out, he realizes his friends are rich, and he knows this because they seem to be in a state of constant leisure, traveling, enjoying life, where Hake is confused by his own place in the world, xhady his job seems like a cheap sports coat that could be the lining to a better coat.

The serious financial criminals have been learned the lesson of paying shadow writers to write fake books for them. However, at the same time, Hake is not pleased with the changes his life has undergone as a consequence of his success. 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 that I could see outside the window all vivid and cheerful.

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Again, his later stuff is more visceral, this collection of short stories seemed superficial in comparison to nousebreaker. Andy rated it liked it Apr 14, 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 were overdrawn at the bank. A few lines struck me Sometimes, characters who are off-stage in the story are as influential to the plot as any who are hiill. United States of America.

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Everyone can see it. I have a hard time getting into short stories, but this felt like a novel in hosebreaker and pieces. He finally eviscerates his wife and children in Yates like fashion, which reminds us all just how out of touch and self centered he really is. He works with people that could be considered worse and then my country is lead by a bunch of crooks and idiots —except for the president.

Kevin Tracy rated it liked it Jan 03, What a confusing beginning for a note that is supposed to clarify at least myself, in a few years time, when I shadg wonder about this short story.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill

Shares Facebook Twitter I think John Cheever and his short stories, and even his novels have been waiting for me to discover them. But only a little better, and only for a short while. There is even a sense that it is worth stealing some millions, when all you have ahead is the perspective of a few years behind bars.

Unfortunately for Johnny Hake, he is not a sociopath. It really made me think about how hard, lonely and boring it was to be a middle class woman in the 50’s. I looked at the paper. There have been various riffs on this line from Cheever: He starts to behave like person being eaten alive by guilt.


For years I avoided Cheever, I thought he was stuffy and old school, not prescient enough, the same goes with Updike, and even Yates. He ends the story exactly as he began it, talking to himself in the dark. 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.

For me this story raises a question- – If the petty thief is to blame and needs to be punished, what about the big sharks? No matter how much money the Warburtons have, there is always something to be worried about: It comes through in the way he describes trees so well, and smells and breezes and the ocean. Brad rated it it was amazing Jun 17, 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.

Her neck is graceful, her breasts gleamed as they rose in the cloth of her dress, and, seeing the decent and healthy delight she took in her own image, I could not tell her that we were broke. When I get caught in the rain, I have yet to find God—I mostly get cold and wet and pissed.

The narrator, Johnny Hake describes himself like he would to a divorce lawyer. In order to have a better life, Johnny is going to have to get his priorities straight. Hardcoverpages. It seemed wrong to him that young couples should begin their lives in an atmosphere that lacked grace