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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest short story writer of his generation, 3 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Collected Stories (Vintage Classics) (Kindle Edition)
Nobody does the short story like John Cheever. There's something almost magical about his work - and I don't mean in the awful, corny, 'magic realist' sense - I mean that he creates a surprising, inexplicable effect from the subtlest of means. I've often read a JC story and thought, afterwards, 'what just happened? how did he do that?'. The narratives are often oblique or veiled - which is a quality I usually dislike, but Cheever pulls it off with aplomb. The stories are funny, sexy, sometimes shocking, often sad, and they get under the skin like nothing else. There are too many favourites to choose from but if you want a starting point have a crack at The Housebreaker of Shady Hill, Goodbye My Brother, and The Sorrows of Gin. One final point - these are not stories to be guzzled down in handfuls. They're like a good martini - to be taken slowly, one or two at a time.
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