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"Cheever's debut novel is skittish, mercurial and ringing with life" Guardian "The best introduction to Cheever's work...richly inventive and vividly told" New York Times Magazine "A tapestry woven from the threads of emotion, tragedy, comedy...and the irony so wonderfully evident in the author's short stories...a literary mosaic...Cheever is a pleasure to read" San Francisco Chronicle "A brilliantly written novel, vastly and sometimes sadly, amusing" Time --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
John Cheever, best known for his short stories dealing with upper-middle-class suburban life, was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912. Cheever published his first short story at the age of seventeen. He was the recipient of a 1951 Guggenheim Fellowship and winner of a National Book Award for The Wapshot Chronicle in 1958, the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Stories of John Cheever, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an American Book Award. He died in 1982, at the age of seventy.
I've got a thing for John Cheever. Surely one of the best American authors of the 20th century, Cheever has written several books that I've never stopped raving about (see the... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2002 by asphlex
Somehow, this piffling little wifty novel won a National Book Award in 1958. The, supposedly, tragicomic story of the decline of the Wapshot family--father Leander, a ferry boat... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2000 by Orrin C. Judd
The plots and sub-plots of the novel are great vignettes into different aspects of New England society in the early and mid parts of this century. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2000 by Manola Sommerfeld
The two Wapshot novels ("Chronicle followed by "Scandal") are John Cheever's first two novels. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2000 by Allen Smalling
Let it be known that I listened to this book on cassettes. It may read differently. About 2/3 of the way through, I realized that all the character and place descriptions were... Read morePublished on May 23 1999
Check this book out! It is easy to follow and the characters are interesting. It was fun to get caught up with the male Wapshots and their relationship with each other.Published on April 20 1999
Cheever is a goldsmith of words, and, if you love language, the sheer pleasure of how he puts them together is enough to carry you though this picaresque family novel. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 1999 by Andrew Rasanen