The World of Apples

  • Title: The World of Apples
  • Author: John Cheever
  • ISBN: 9780394483467
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The World of Apples Innocent old fashioned self aware Cheever s people are summoned by strange and improbable events to ponder the values they have been taught to trustcency common sense nostalgia even truth Stunne
    Innocent, old fashioned, self aware, Cheever s people are summoned by strange and improbable events to ponder the values they have been taught to trustcency, common sense, nostalgia, even truth Stunned by these encounters, they nevertheless survive A worn out poet finds peace in his heart as he lays his Lermontov medal at the foot of the sacred angel a prosperous sInnocent, old fashioned, self aware, Cheever s people are summoned by strange and improbable events to ponder the values they have been taught to trustcency, common sense, nostalgia, even truth Stunned by these encounters, they nevertheless survive A worn out poet finds peace in his heart as he lays his Lermontov medal at the foot of the sacred angel a prosperous suburbanite contemplates his predicament when his wife joins the cast of a nude show a guileless and romantic well digger, anxious for a bride, visits Russia, falls in love and returns home singing the unreality blues and a miserably married man fantasizes a beautiful lover who comes to him for strength, love and counsel while he tends the charcoal grill in the backyard.

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    About John Cheever


    1. John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer, sometimes called the Chekhov of the suburbs or the Ovid of Ossining His fiction is mostly set in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the suburbs of Westchester, New York, and old New England villages based on various South Shore towns around Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was born.His main themes include the duality of human nature sometimes dramatized as the disparity between a character s decorous social persona and inner corruption, and sometimes as a conflict between two characters often brothers who embody the salient aspects of both light and dark, flesh and spirit 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.


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    1. O melhor contista, ao lado de Tchekhov. E Borges (tudo bem).

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    2. Cheever is a modern American writer with calm insight into the middle-class suburban life. He address themes similar to John Updike and John Irving: shadowy desires amid Victorian morals that won't seem to die, normal people who cope with routine life through unsavory fantasies, and alienation from living inauthentic lives dictated to characters by the wider American culture. Cheever has far less comical, and outsider characters facing bizarre circumstances than Irving. His characters are ordina [...]

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    3. I'm ashamed to say that as a 24 year old Writing, Literature and Publishing Major I had never read a complete book of John Cheever's short stories. I actually ended up buying this book on after hearing it mentioned in a movie. Odd way to hear about a book, I know. But I'm so glad I picked it up. I'm not normally a short story girl but the imagination, characters, intriguing often a bit random storylines were captivating. Though I loved the title story, "A World of Apples" I was also really take [...]

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    4. These are subtly absurd, well-written short stories that, oddly enough, frequently took exactly 17 minutes-- the length of my train rides to and from work-- to read.

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    5. Ufuk açıcı cümleler, ufuk açıcı öyküler. Yüzücü'den sonra bu kitabı da çok beğendim. Amerikan öyküsü beybi.

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    6. The World of Apples by John CheeverComplex, intriguing, funny and sad at times- Is Asa Bascomb a source of inspiration for Richard Ford?As I started reading on the World of Apples I was just wondering if there is a connection between the hero of this story and Frank Bascombe, the one who travels through The Sportswriter, Independence Day and two other novels…Asa Bascomb is a writer, but unlike Frank Bascombe, not a Sportswriter, and he has won a series of prizes.He did not win the Nobel Prize, [...]

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    7. John Cheever died a few years before I was born. Prior to his death, he was extremely well-regarded, particularly as a short story writer. His collected stories volume was a bestseller, as was his novel Falconer. But since his death, Cheever has basically disappeared from the literary map. According to this 2009 New York Times article, this is because 1) he was deemed a "New York" writer whose work wasn't accessible outside of the tri-state and was too similar to Updike and Yates, and 2) his per [...]

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    8. I first read these stories over fifteen years ago as part of The Stories of John Cheever(1980) and I remember being struck by their muted strangeness and a melancholy and pervading sense of middle-class New England alienation and otherness. Rereading them now, I find myself struggling between giving them three or four stars. I agree with ´ reviewer Diane Dunning in that the best thing in these stories is Cheever´s prose, which flows serenely on and seems to carry you along effortlessly. Some o [...]

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    9. Shoulda won an award for highest occurrences of the words "harried" and "demesne" in the space of 150 pages. Also, "The Geometry of Love," while not necessarily one of Cheever's best stories, does possess one of his best opening lines, maybe one of THE best opening lines to a short story (complete with one of those "one of those"s of which Cheever was so fond): "It was one of those rainy late afternoons when the toy department of Woolworth's on Fifth Avenue is full of women who appear to have be [...]

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    10. A friend gave me this book years ago, soon after the collection was published. For some reason I never got around to it until now. I wavered between rating it three stars or four. In the end, I'm giving it four stars, primarily for the quality of Cheever's prose. The stories themselves are uneven, I think. My favorites are probably "Artemis, the Honest Well Digger" and "The Fourth Alarm." From the latter: "I asked for a divorce. She said she saw no reason for a divorce. Adultery and cruelty have [...]

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    11. Having only read Cheever's The Swimmer (and spurred only by the movie which starred Burt Lancaster), I couldn't resist another bite out of this here apple. One can't help noticing Cheever's consistent choice of adjectives: bellicose, puerile; then there's his constant reference to water and rain. And once again, these pathetic, disillusioned suburban husbands to harridans.

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    12. I have to say, this wasn't what I expected at all. My favorite story was the first one in the collection, the Fourth Alarm, which gave suburban life a dream-like veneer, and that's what I expected for the rest of the book. Unfortunately, I found the rest of the stories to be haphazard, sophomoric even, and homogenous in their mediocrity.

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    13. A great little book. Of the short stories, my favorites included Artemis, the Honest Well Digger, The Chimera and The World of Apples. I discovered Cheever through a friend who on a road trip was kind enough to share his work with me by graciously reading while I drove one of his short stories entitled The Swimmer.

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    14. A witty and charming collection of short stories. I bought this from a used book store and found two four-leafed clovers in it. I have read this collection over and over and never tire of the stories.

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    15. A collection of good, short downers capped off by the fairly optimistic titular story. Cheever's prose is effortless, even when the fiction veers off into experimental territory. Lots of mommy issues are on parade here.

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    16. My review on Fiona's Fiction:youtube/watch?v=gxBcT

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    17. Mostly depressing stories about ordinary people. İ like the way he describes his characters and i love the way he reflects their inner worlds.

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    18. Not Cheever's best work but still better than most contemporary short story collections.

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