Welcome to Bullet Park, a township in which even the most buttoned-down gentry sometimes manage to terrify themselves simply by looking in the mirror. When in John Cheever turned from the lovable Wapshots to the weird creatures who inhabit Bullet Park, most reviewers attacked or. Jenne begins with Joyce’s Dubliners while I flip open a novel by John Cheever, Bullet Park. I had picked it up used a few months ago after being intrigued by.

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When the room is painted, he decides to take up his mother’s dream of enlightening the world by sacrificing an average WASP within a c Great book. They had come from other places and would go to other places but sitting against the light at four in the afternoon they seemed par, permanent as the beer pulls.

That’s the only way that something this bizarre and excellent comes into the world. So Very Sixties A bizarre book full of absurdities and unfathomable details of travel and personal description.

Knopf bllet American novels adapted into films Novels set in New York state s novel stubs. This article about a s novel is a stub. Bullet Park will always exist. Books by John Cheever. We lived a comfortable, if modest existence. I wouldn’t say that Cheever is a bad writer, his descriptions are wonderful. When the room is painted, he decides to take up his mother’s dream of enlightening the world by sacrificing an average WASP within a church.

I mean razor blades and soap and bacon and eggs and gasoline and train tickets and shoes. Clearly I need someone to give me a skeleton key to Bullet Park. The bulley half of the book belongs to Hammer, the newest resident of Bullet Park. While he looks at the screen, she turns her attention on Jenne.

I will never have to come back to this place again. A clean, artful and disorienting sentence. View all 10 comments. It is also true that the book helped me to crystallize something formerly inchoate within myself.


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There’s no question that our highest literary praise is still reserved for all that is slick, polished, and cinematic. Also in Vintage International.

If this book had been written 30 years later, I would have pegged it as authored by an experimental AI programme. I’ve said it before. I did find much of the book very readable, and mostly enjoyed Well.

But every sentence is musical, though the totality is much stranger. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

This book was good for many reasons, good stories, good writing, good themes, well developed characters, and more. There were of no importance. The shabby links are a favorite haunt of ‘men and boys’ on summer evenings.

Mostly I recall her unchanging eating habits Grape Nuts, rice crackers, deli sandwiches and irrational, show-stopping assertions of control. The locals are suicidal, homicidal, adulterers, racist, impossibly sad, addicted to illegally prescribed medicines, TV, cigarettes and alcohol and at the end of the week they all go to Christ’s Church like the good little Christians they a In a way, I hesitate to give this novel merely a 4 because I’m guessing that when Cheever originally wrote it init was a great deal more astounding.

The part in which Nailles drinks rainwater scooped out of an urn at the cemetery to swallow the pill he’s just bought from his pusher must be my favourite image. However, if they’re open to it, they might find something infinitely more interesting. After a summer thunderstorm renders the nearby river unusable, we settle down to read.

Many of his works also express a nostalgia for a vanishing way of life, characterized by abiding cultural traditions and a profound sense of community, as opposed to the alienating nomadism of modern suburbia. Views Read Edit View history.

From the Trade Paperback edition. People hurt and love for all sorts of reasons, yet with neither rhyme nor reason? Occasionally amusing, often interesting, but more than anything baffling. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Nonetheless this was interesting and worth reading.

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Well-dressed and middle-aged, with the exposed cottony chest hair of a cartoon porn producer, he informs us that he designs clothing — he is the president of some well-known company. Homocidal maniacs that make a big hit at cocktail parties will always exist and really, what else do we have to fill the history books of America? Bullet Park is a novel by American Novelist John Cheever ppark an earnest yet pensive father Eliot Nailles and his troubled son Tony, and their predestined fate with a psychotic man Hammer, who moves to Bullet Park to sacrifice one of them.

View all 3 comments. It is Cheever’s gleeful refusal to answer any of these questions that carries “Bullet Park. The book deals with the failure of the American dream, spoken in a fable-like tone, in similar vein with Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road and The Great Gatsby.

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. They were high school kids, I guess, slum kids, hoods, whatever, wearing tight pants and trick shirts and hair grease. Part one introduces an average man, Nailles, living in an average and depressing suburb of New York. In one section, the protagonist Nailles is quoted at length, as he retells a significant evening with his 17 year old only child.

One gets the feeling as with the Wapshots, to a lesser extentthat Cheever is mocking the expectations we have for novels as he revels in them. Still, this is the first of Cheever’s novels I’ve read and not completely despised.