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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Want to Read saving…. Watching Cheever’s instincts chafe against the novel form, and watching him accept that and willfully embrace the resulting weirdness, is pleasurable. The motive appears to derive from a suggestion by the murderer’s estranged mother that ” It is immediately captivating. Part one introduces an cheeved man, Nailles, living in an average and depressing suburb of New York.

But he drags and hurries too much to be called a good writer. Bulet rains seemed to let down like a net from the guileless heavens of her childhood, some rains were stormy and bitter, some fell like a force of memory.

When I feel this, I’ve noticed that if I can look into the face of the stranger and get some clue to the kind of person he is I feel better but, as I say, it was getting dark and you couldn’t see the faces of any of these strangers as they played through.

They had come from other places and would go to other places but sitting against the light at four in the afternoon they seemed as permanent as the beer pulls.

I have fond memories of the Westport house. Still, this is the cheevrr of Cheever’s novels I’ve read and not completely despised. The first section of the book is devoted largely to Nailles, an earnest husband ceever mouthwash salesman struggling to reconcile the animal facts of existence with the stifling suburban milieu.


I mean razor blades and soap and bacon and eggs and gasoline and train tickets and shoes. Paperbackpages. Mar 28, R. The suburbs, Bullet Park — that was her home. Cheevsr Park just goes to show that subject matter has little bearing on your enjoyment when the author is capital-G Great.

Ci posso aggiungere anche un po’ di livore, dicendo che il finale no E niente. This article about a s novel is a stub.

Bullet Park

The winters were too inclement for citrus fruit but much too clement for the native white birch. But what good does it do, he thinks?

That’s the only way that something this bizarre and excellent comes into the world. Homocidal maniacs that make a big hit at cocktail parties will always exist and really, what else do we have to fill the history books of America? Books by John Cheever. I’ll read it again some time, now that I know what to expect. Possibly but then why would Cheever put such an attack in the mind and hands of another middle class nutcase?

After a week holed up in Westport, I am more than ready to go. How does he judge the work? Bullet Park is a novel by American Novelist John Cheever about an earnest yet pensive father Eliot Nailles and his troubled son Tony, and their predestined fate with a psychotic man Hammer, who moves to Bullet Park to sacrifice one of them.

I mean, his tone is easy enough to decipher, but his point eludes me. An upper middle class New York suburb is chosen by an apparent psychopath for the location of a senseless murder.

Bullet Park by John Cheever

Looking back, I wonder how my grandmother was able to reconcile her own way of life with the evolving modern world, how she weathered her own inconvenient thoughts and desires. The story breaks into three parts. Retrieved from ” https: About John Cheever John Cheever was born in They had spooky voices, they seemed to pitch them in a way that made them sound spooky, and when one of them was addressing the ball another gave him a big goose and he backed right into it, making groaning noises.


Upstairs are the slanted-roof rooms where my parents and brother and I used to play card games deep into the night while the lady of the house slept downstairs.

Bullet Park by John Cheever. Jul 26, Pages. Nov 15, Ben rated it it was amazing.

But the book is still a mess. I will never have to come back to this place again.

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Eliot NaillesTony Nailles. One example of his wonderful prose: Open Preview See a Problem? In this exemplary environment we will be witnesses of the fateful meeting between two men: Soon, the man next to us strikes up a conversation.

Clearly I need someone to give me a skeleton key to Bullet Park. For some it’s just how to live a life. I loved it all and everyone who lived. That’s the line, the line for me. I did find much of the book very readable, and mostly enjoyed Well. I’m not saying that’s necessarily bad: The narrator remains a mystery person. And, I think the point Cheever is making is that you need to look more closely at people because they just aren’t as simple as they seem.