The Westcotts buy a radio which in some peculiar fashion picks up sounds in other By John Cheever Jim has the radio fixed so that there is no interference. by John Cheever One day, their old radio stops working and Jim promises to buy a new one. The Enormous Radio Questions and Answers. The Enormous Radio has ratings and 34 reviews. classic reverie said: Wow! What a insightful story on how a couple’s life has changed in a matter of d.

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Dec 19, Deniz Ceylan 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.

This was an old radio that did something different and as in many of Chhever’s short stories there is a hook and a metaphor to be found as well as a lesson to be learned. Of course, the Westcotts do not have a happy marriage. After all, unless these characters are narrators or viewpoint characters, fictional people must never be boring.

Yet he’s supposed to be I heard an interview on public rxdio with someone who had just finished writing a biography of John Cheever. Knowledge does not equal happiness. Cheever succeeding in drawing the reader further into the story, right to the end, till it chever a climax. Jan 21, Pants rated it it was amazing. The radio thus becomes a tool of validation; if her neighbors can hear the evidence of a happy marriage, then it must be a happy marriage.

The other notable thing about money is that it is all earned by the husband, who gives his wife an allowance. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Enormohs and try again. He weaves into his stories details, like the impersonal hum of city traffic, leaving the impression that city life is isolating and dehumanizing. The maid really interested me. In the final scene of the book, Jim opens up about his feelings of animosity toward her, only to have her turn back to the radio and the escape it offers, instead of pursuing further conversation about a topic that is clearly, very relevant in both of their lives.


The Stories of John Cheever. Rather, it is a wholly ideological construct relating to the interpretation, as well as the use, of the domestic space. The story features a classic voyeur plot: Jul 09, Lizzie rated it liked it Shelves: Although it is painful and she does not fully understand why, she envies their ability to air out their problems rather then bottle them up and lock them away.

No trivia or quizzes yet. What a great place to start, Michael! The wife becomes obsessive, the husband guilt-ridden.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

Her illusions only come to an end when Jim finally manages to convince her that the radio is broadcasting as normal; anything else she heard was simply the product of her fevered imagination. There is also a change within Irene.

Why are you so Christly all of a sudden? When the man leaves the room, the piano music picks back up.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

Apr 06, classic reverie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The dials flooded with a malevolent green light, and in the distance she heard the music of a piano quintet. Can Baby Gene be far behind? For Irene, escape from any pain she might feel, is one radio dial turn away.

They have average income and…respectability; they have two children and live on the 12th floor of an apartment house. I tend to focus more on the use of language, so I found your analysis really helpful. This was my intro to the genius of Cheever; he reminds me of Dorothy Parker but deeper and with more substance and “Clancy in the Tower of Babel” totally reminded me of Flannery O’Connor as did the ending of “The Hartleys”. By the end of the story she has come face-to-face with who she really is, because her husband has listed each of her most shameful acts.

Irene is the true star of this story because it is Irene who undergoes the major character transformation. First drawn in by curiosity, she develops a warped sense of power that leaves her feeling good about her life; she feels superior to others based on the knowledge she now possesses about their personal lives. She always sees herself the best and better than other people selfishness and childish pride.


It’s short, probably too short, but works well, there is also a deadpan element to any descriptions, a cutting detachment, that not for the last time calls into question the figure narrating it. It threatens to destroy their marriage and is returned.

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When their radio breaks down, Jim orders a new one, but when it arrives Irene is shocked at its complete and utter ugliness. Set in an apartment building in s New York the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed, omniscient narrator and has a suspenseful mood.

Chewver the new radio arrived, the Westcotts hardly ever argued and seemed to have a happy marriage. However, you could eadio argue that this is an essay defending the benefits of privacy and examining t Read it.

By choosing the word enormous the author may have also given a clue that the radio will have enormous effects on the family. Eventually, Irene identifies herself with the object.

Language is important and it is probably something that I should look into a little further. Books cherver John Cheever. Then I found it enjoyable, but haven’t thought about it jphn years.

Believing that the electronics in the rado are interfering with the signal he turns the radio off, and determines to call the people who sold it to him and demand to have the radio repaired. While listening to a Mozart concerto, Irene begins hearing strange noises coming out of the loudspeaker.

Realizing that the conversation is coming from people who live in a nearby apartment, she flicks a switch, but next hears a woman’s voice reading a children’s story, which she recognizes as belonging to her neighbors’ children’s nanny. Fun and intiguing story which shows how seemingly perfect existance is far more complex and tragic from those that are visibly disfunctional.

In any case, joun hope someday to live in Westchester. The reader can learn so much by understanding the language used by a writer.

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