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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Dermot Post Author December 6, Cheever succeeding in drawing the reader further into the story, right to the end, till it reaches a climax. Irene shifted the control and invaded the privacy of several breakfast tables. Maybe this story works better as commentary than as a story, but either way it works. Jul 30, Marley rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Any worries about death and chheever peace have been supplanted by a generalised anxiety now that the war is over.

I do remember all those cocktails.

The Enormous Radio

The story then follows an expected trajectory: Sadly enough, the human desire to connect with one other, is a void being filled by less human interaction and more virtual stimulants. Sometimes, though, his commentary is more obvious, and his stories read more like a Flannery O’Conner story, slapping the reader in the face with some social condemnation.


Irene is the true star of this story because it is Irene who undergoes the major character transformation.

Brett October 24, 1: Creative Short Stories has it all and will prove to be a welcome addition to any library. As cottage industry gave way to larger-scale factory production, the nature of enorous home itself changed.

Do they like to be scared? It was directed raduo Bill Travis and it aired on May 17, The Westcotts has a special interest in music and spends most of their time listening to the radio. Her husband Jim decides to alleviate her boredom by buying her a radio, which rapidly assumes a dominant position within her life — so dominant, in fact, that she imagines hearing the voices of her close friends and neighbors, all of chefver appear to be involved in marital break-ups or family disorders.

So now I can come back and read his other stories which I hope to do over a long time.

Feb 11, Jonathan Haukaas rated it really liked it. He chose to believe that if it is not spoken cueever or seen, their grievances would stay hidden Cheever.

The reader can learn so much by understanding the language used by a writer. Irene, in particular, was happier before the radio entered the house jon she was ignorant of what was going on in nearby apartments. Just as the Westcotts are privy to the darknesses of their neighbours, the reader is now privy to the darkness of this fictional couple.

And erupt it does. Mar 01, Cathi rated it it was amazing. 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.


The Enormous Radio by John Cheever – Slap Happy Larry

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Irene is unsettled by the new radio to the extent that she leaves the house, goes out for a walk and comes home only after the maid has dealt with the children. I guess I’m just not ennormous classics sort of reader, there was only one story I liked, and I had to read almost 30 pages of this “short” story before I found that I finally got the story and enjoyed it.

Right from the start, Cheever has told us they are well-versed in playing the part of a successful couple and radiio hiding the serious fault lines on the verge of erupting. Her infatuation with the private lives of others satisfies a deep longing to know that she, along with her husband, are not alone in their marital strife Cheever.

Going to the movies, concerts and the aforementioned radio. I was so enthusiastic about it that I determined to try and read it again and now that I came across short stories by John Cheever I will read them.

We can examine this from the title as well.