Thursday, February 01, 2007

Cheever's Swimmer

Has anyone ever read John Cheever's, "The Swimmer?" Any thoughts on this disturbing piece of literature? Re-read it last night for the first time in several years. Even though I've gone though many changes since I first read it, it still came across as powerful as it did the first time I read it back in college. Maybe that's the definition of true literature - that it never ceases to have a profound affect on you, no matter when you re-visit it. (Yes, Cheever was the guy mentioned in the Seinfeld episode when Kramer burned down the cabin.)




Stan Langerhaus said...

Never read it, but I suppose I should. BTW, do you recall, "The Pugilist at Rest"? I have that author's book of short stories. Mayhaps we can work a trade.

DocTorDee said...

Never read it.

From "Cheever's mastery lies in the handling of Neddy's gradual, devastating progress from boundless optimism to bottomless despair, from summer to fall, from swimming pool to swimming pool, no two alike, each described with Cheever's lyrical precision."

Sounds promising.


Ralph said...


Is the story named after a piece of scultpure by that name? Yes, we'll have to do a trade, as I can't seem to find an on-line copy of the "The Swimmer."

My current quest is to find a copy of the movie version of the story, which stars Burt Lancaster. Supposed to be halfway decent...

Stan Langerhaus said...

That is the one. Let me know where you want the deal to go down.