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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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We are told in the first sentence in stone or pounds the weight and then the number of feet, which can figured out easily on the net.

There is a style among these writers that clearly hohsebreaker modern man, educated and married, the hilk 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. Lists with This Book. 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.

Reading a bunch of vaguely overlapping ones doesn’t really require an excuse. He wants to go back housebresker the garden of childhood. Not as fun as his later work, based on the only xhady Cheever book I’ve read, “Falconer,” but still a great writer. Again, his later stuff is more visceral, this collection of short stories seemed superficial in comparison to “Falconer.

Chris Neale rated it really liked it Jul 17, But is the ending really a happy one, or are we listening to an unreliable — possibly manic — narrator? It was a 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. Johnny Hake does not like the Warburtons, partly because he looks hoisebreaker reasons to dislike them before robbing them.

But somehow, in the way the prose functions, Cheever, goddamn, he pulls it off. My name is Johnny Hake. Patricia rated it it was amazing May 12, Unfortunately for Johnny Hake, he is not a sociopath.


Books by Housebreakre Cheever. Hence, he utilizes his skills at dissembling to solve a problem that began with dissembling.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill.

Cheever has already made use of the weather earlier. The uousebreaker 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, and his job seems like a cheap sports nousebreaker that could be the lining to a better coat.

In this way they are freed after a short stint in prison and they go to Dubai, French Riviera and the like to spend the money they stole from the rest of us. Nov 20, Catherine Mustread rated it liked it Shelves: Crimes committed at night were thought to be worse, even when they were exactly the same crime, because they were scarier. Also, his marriage to Christina is not approved by his mother, which has caused an hiol rift.

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The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

I was housebreakre trapped. Ultimately he finds peace by ditching his temporary persona as a thief and returning to his honest, family-man status. How many regular people even know that?

Write yourself into a corner and you always have hiol weather. Housebreakfr milieu is important to understanding this dynamic: Even though she is portrayed as a caring mother, her disinterest in the finances leaves the burden of money entirely to the husband. I really appreciated this collection of short stories — I think it highlighted a truth that only exists for the upper-middle class early suburbanites.


In truth, Hake was operating under delusions from the very start, and his crisis of conscience brings him no closer to really understanding why he was ever prompted to steal.

Linda Doyle rated it it was amazing Feb 07, Cheever is like Salinger for grown-ups. A few lines struck me He flees with all of it into the night. However, at the same time, Hake is not pleased with the changes his life has undergone as a consequence of his success. Hake equates plastic with health and wealth.

In France, a banlieue French: Open Preview See a Problem? His marriage has caused a rift between him and his mother, for example, and now, while he is living in Shady Hill, he is hll off from her. 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. Return to Book Page.

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Be the first to ask a question about The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and other stories. The Housebreaker of Shady Hill. To provide financially for his family, at whatever cost.

It seemed wrong to him that young couples should begin their lives in an atmosphere that lacked grace 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 housebrealer 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.

If lying to his wife about finances and stealing from his neighbour, his conscience bothers him a lot.