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“The Swimmer”, a short story by American author John Cheever, was originally published in in honor of his wife), and starts off enthusiastic and full of youthful energy. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike. “The Swimmer”, a short story by American author John Cheever, was originally in honor of his wife, and starts off enthusiastically and full of youthful energy. The Swimmer. By John Cheever · July 18, P. The New Yorker, July 18, P. On a midsummer Sunday Ned and Lucinda Merril, & Donald.

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June 29, at This selection is used by permission. As his journey progresses, things gradually take on a darker and ultimately surreal tone. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

The story is intriguing as we are left clueless till almost the middle. In “The Swimmer” was adapted into a film of the same namestarring Burt Lancaster.

As published, the story is highly praised for its blend of realism and surrealismthe thematic exploration of suburban America, especially the relationship ttext wealth and happiness, as well as his use of myth and symbolism. May 21, at This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat The story is sad and evokes sympathy for Neddy.

The Swimmer by John Cheever – into a suburban darkness

Different people Neddy encounters mention misfortune and money troubles he doesn’t remember, and he is patently unwelcome at several houses belonging to owners of a lower social class.

Friday, May 18, The Swimmer. Fulp Learn how and when to remove this template message. Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story. In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks. Midway through his journey, things gradually take on a darker and ultimately surreal tone.

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Story of the Week: The Swimmer

At the beginning of the story it was clearly midsummer, but eventually all natural signs point to the season being autumn. There is of course an authorial comment on human obduracy which is generally susceptible to common sense preceding an actual hint from Mrs. Whatever the problem Neddy suffered from, it was definitely not obduracy. In”The Swimmer” was adapted into a film with the same namestarring Burt Lancaster. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Swimmer (short story)

Old acquaintances encountered by Neddy mention misfortune and money troubles which he does not remember hearing about, and he is patently unwelcome at several houses belonging to owners of a lower social class. In the chheever stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks.

The suspense full sustained very carefully till the end. Halloran when she commiserates on his misfortune of having had to sell his house.

To photocopy and distribute this selection for classroom use, please contact the Uohn Clearance Center. At the beginning of the story it was clearly mid-summer, but by the end all natural signs point to the season’s being autumn. It was later collected in The Stories of John Cheever. Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned.

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This article needs additional citations for verification. On a whim, Neddy decides to get home by swimming across all the pools in the county, which he names “The Lucinda River” in honor of his wife, and starts off enthusiastically and full of youthful energy.

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May 21, at 3: As published, the story is highly praised for its blend of realism and surrealismthe thematic exploration of tdxt America, especially the relationship between wealth and happiness, as well as his use of myth and symbolism.

John Cheever — From John Cheever: Alzheimer, Dementia, Amnesia or is it simple and plain Obduracy! Despite everything’s taking place during just one afternoon, it becomes unclear how much time has passed.

At cheevr point Cheever wanted to parallel the tale of Narcissusa character in Greek mythology who died while staring at his own reflection in a pool of water, which Cheever dismissed as too restrictive.

It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded, and has an upper-class or upper-middle-class social standing.

Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Neddy completes his swijmer by finishing the cross country swim and an exhausted Neddy reaches and finds it empty, dark and locked. Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned.

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On a whim, Neddy decides to get home by swimming through all the pools in the neighborhood which he names “The Lucinda River” in honor of his wifeand starts off enthusiastic and full of youthful energy.