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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The sections about his family, especially his wife, housebreaket shove you to the floor. He ends the story exactly as he began it, talking to himself in the dark. A man with a family in the suburbs loses his job at company that manufactures parablendeum, which seems to be kind of color-tinted Saran wrap.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I first read this book when I was a hilp, and of course I didn’t really get it.

It seemed wrong to him that the houses he imagined should be identical and that they should be built of green wood and false stone.

His main themes include the duality of human nature: He becomes totally convinced of his criminality. It really made me think about how hard, lonely and boring it was to be a middle class woman in the 50’s. Jan 10, W.

Andy rated it liked it Apr 14, Hence, he utilizes his skills at dissembling to solve a problem that began with dissembling.

Return to Book Page. The main character wants to be somewhere else, for sure, and wants to be someone else.

There is a style among these writers that clearly defines modern man, educated and married, the company 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. Cheever is like Salinger for grown-ups.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

Your email address will not be published. It was a delusion for Hake to think that stealing money yill 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.


And because he does not have the bread now, it is an enchanted article, seen as an advertisement, which makes things appear more attractive than they really are. Can’t really go wrong with any Cheever short story.

hil This one act haunts the narrator for the rest of the story, and very nearly undoes him completely. Be the first to ask a question about The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and other stories. Hake thus feels regret for leaving behind the very things which have allowed him to push forward in his life. Nov 20, Catherine Mustread rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 12, Nick Scandy rated it really liked it. John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer, sometimes called “the Chekhov of the suburbs” or “the Ovid of Ossining.

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Hake is still an impostor of sorts, thief or not. To regain the love of his mother, he would have to change his lifestyle, something which he refuses to do, although retaining that lifestyle is also the source of much of housdbreaker guilt.

His marriage has caused a rift between him and his mother, for example, and now, while he is living in Shady Hill, he is cut off from her. John Cheever’s got a spot in my cynical heart.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

Tyler rated it liked it Oct 07, Want to Read saving…. But only a little better, and only for a short while. A few lines struck me Published by Macfadden-Bartell Corporation first published May 19, Benjy rated it it was amazing. This is the 22nd story in the Vintage Cheever collection. Ultimately the story has a comedic structure: I adored the way that Cheever captured these early small-towners’ ideas about climbers, those born in the working class, the “developments” that were on their way, and the evil of the public library.


This distinction had obviously gone by the time John Cheever wrote his short story. Despite all of my resistances, I believe the character really is relieved of his guilt….

There was this old woman, in her eighties I guess, that faced a few years jail sentence for moving a fence with a few feet. Brad rated it it was amazing Jun 17, My name is Johnny Hake.

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. So the housebreaker, who took a smaller amount than the aforementioned million, seems a good guy – At least from the perspective of a Bernard Maddoff, who robbed people of billions Where I come from, there is a permanent feeling that justice is not being served towards housebreakers and PSD barons alike.

Bucknam let me into the bedroom. Also, his marriage to Christina is not approved by his mother, which has caused an irreparable rift. And that in circumstances where people are not sure about important property limits and big shots embezzle hundreds of millions. 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.

He talks about being alone in the night while his wife sleeps next to him. Jul 17, Realini rated it it ihll amazing Shelves: He gets fired, decides to go into business on his own, and does a pretty pathetic job of it.