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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In this story, the epiphany that comes from getting wet is akin to a kind of baptism.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and other stories by John Cheever

I adored these stories I was conceived in the Hotel St. I’d read all of these before in the collected stories volume but these are some of my favorites of his and it was nice to read them together. The milieu is important to understanding this dynamic: Hohsebreaker bread is something that can be his if he has the money to buy it, which implies that it is something that he does not have in the context of the dream. Unfortunately for Johnny Hake, he is not a sociopath.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill.

Freudian psychoanalysis can be applied to the character of Johnny. After all, it was rather easily dispelled soon after he got his job back.


And it is similarly a delusion to think that returning the money will really make life any better; Hake is a false convert. Tyler rated it liked it Oct or, Jun 22, Bridgette Davis rated it really liked it Shelves: David rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Very critical of bourgeois s America, but written from the bourgeois perspective.

Hake equates plastic with health and wealth. There has been a thirty-thousand-dollar payroll robbery in the Bronx. Somehow Housebreakers become role models…which is crazy and reflects upon the society, the collective psyche that has been so fucked up…mostly by the communist regime- I hlll.

When I get caught in the rain, I have yet to find God—I mostly get cold and wet and pissed. 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.

Hiking with Nietzsche by John Kaag Sep 25, When he expressees these desires, he day-dreams of an imaginary and timeless paradise. It might not be worse different, it might even be better different, but your original longing is ultimately quashed, because the place no longer exists in your mind, having been replaced by reality. Shadu Berry rated it really liked it Jun 28, In this light, nakedness refers to the shamelessness of the idyllic, prelapsarian, pastoral landscape.


The Housebreaker of Shady Hill

Oliver rated it it was amazing Jan 02, The main character wants to be somewhere else, for sure, and wants to be someone else. No matter how much money the Warburtons have, there is always something to be worried about: Jan 10, W.

There seemed to be as much truth in her beauty and the power she housebreake over my senses as there was in the fact that we were overdrawn at the bank.

Caught in the rain, Hake has a revelation:. First, a main character needs desire: The Warburtons Johnny Hake does not like the Warburtons, partly because he looks for reasons to dislike them before robbing them.

He starts seeing theft and sin everywhere he goes. Cheever is like Salinger for grown-ups. Nov 20, Catherine Mustread rated it liked it Shelves: He finally eviscerates his wife and children snady Yates like fashion, which reminds us all just how out of touch and self centered he really is.

Kevin Tracy rated it liked it Jan 03,