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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Ultimately he finds peace by ditching his temporary persona as a thief and returning to his honest, family-man status. The Housebreaker of Shady Hill.

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 houdebreaker guilt. The Warburtons have money, and their money is what separates them and the other suburban dwellers hojsebreaker the slum that exists in the city. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Quickly, things get bleak.

Oliver rated it it was amazing Jan 02, The concept may well have been around for a long time. Chris Neale rated it really liked it Jul 17, John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer, sometimes called “the Chekhov of the suburbs” or “the Ovid of Ossining.

Tyler rated it liked it Oct 07, Furthermore, his dream of the plastic-wrapped whady takes the form of an advertisement.

Books by John Cheever. Aug 12, Amber rated it liked it. Set in a similar time and place, this is the story of a man who gets fired from a secure job in housebreakdr city, but his reaction is somewhat different. In one sense, nakedness is a sign of the unadorned nature that is part of the literary convention of pastoralism.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

The main character wants to be somewhere else, for sure, and wants to be someone else. David housebreamer it it was amazing Feb 23, Aug 19, Erik Blair rated it it was amazing. Write yourself into a corner and you always have the weather. I looked at the paper.


I really appreciated this collection of short stories — I think it highlighted a truth that only exists for the upper-middle class early suburbanites. I was not trapped. Kristian rated it really housebfeaker it Aug 01, How many regular people even know that?

Only read — actually listened — to one story from this collection on Selected Shorts podcast.

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Your email address will not be published. The sections about his family, especially his wife, will shove you to the floor. Michael rated it it was amazing Dec 16, It was a delusion for Hake to think that stealing money would 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.

Want to Read saving…. 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.

Shoes in the late s were made of gum rubber — the soft-soled precursors of the modern sneaker. 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. He flees with all of it into the night. There is even a sense that it is worth stealing some millions, when all you have ahead is the perspective of a few years behind bars.

Andy rated it liked it Apr 14, 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.


Also, his marriage to Christina is not approved by his mother, which has caused an irreparable rift. Freudian psychoanalysis can be applied to the character of Johnny. Leave a reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig Sep 20, I was here on earth because I chose to be.

Johnny Hake calls Shady Hill a banlieue. Bucknam let me into the bedroom. Hake equates plastic with health and wealth. Women were taught to be mothers and homemakers, and that a strong interest in finances was unwomanly. The narrator, Johnny Hake describes himself like he would to a divorce lawyer. All around our villain-hero people sell shoddy goods or stocks and speak in plain terms about their targets- – He is so weak it is like robbery – With their money, you can clean them of a million and they would not feel a thing.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

And it is similarly a delusion to think that returning the money will really make life any better; Hake is a false convert. Tom Berry rated it really liked it Jun 28, Ty rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Some people are better houdebreaker to do this than others. Even though she is portrayed as a caring mother, her disinterest in the finances leaves the burden of money entirely to the husband.

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