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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One example of his wonderful prose: Mostly I recall her unchanging hohn habits Grape Nuts, rice crackers, deli sandwiches and irrational, show-stopping assertions of control. The target is the son of a local resident, undistinguished except for his smug racism, boredom and moderate alcohol and drug dependency. Also in Vintage International. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The second half of the book belongs to Hammer, the newest resident of Bullet Park.

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. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. A serious, hilarious, quirky, disjointed allegory about s upper-middle-class suburbs — a spiritual story about people who have lost their connection to spirituality.


Mar 28, R. Most importantly, it is rendered in disciplined but gorgeous prose, and the author ojhn to be writing with the freedom that comes from having no other goal than to satisfy yourself.

An apparently striking redhead in her youth, she was the progeny of well-to-do New York City Jews. Views Read Edit View history. How does he judge the work? Cheever shows the human race a fundamental respect by sketching every character, no matter how ripe for suburban convention, as capable of deep wells of emotion and weirdness. If this book had been written 30 years later, I would have pegged it as authored by an experimental AI programme.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. My grandmother is gone and soon the house will be, too. Stay in Touch Sign up. Early on it becomes clear this is highly satirical, though this becomes a bit of What an intensely odd novel.

We only know the “American Dream” usually fails, but Cheever reminds us why we are okay with that. Nonetheless this was interesting and worth reading. The narrative hook comes chfever very close to the end of this section, and is quickly resolved in a climax that seems way too easy.


However, if they’re open to it, they might find something infinitely more interesting. There’s no question that our highest literary praise is still reserved for all that is slick, polished, and cinematic.

Bullet Park by John Cheever

The ending, too, is really strange. Overall, it’s a book that bears re-reading, once you’ve figured out its game.

An upper middle class New York suburb is chosen by an apparent psychopath for the location of a senseless murder. John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer, sometimes called “the Chekhov of the suburbs” or “the Ovid of Ossining. No wonder she was so absent from my childhood. Extraordinarily bizarre novel with some gorgeous, jon sections of writing.

Bullet Park

It was windy, as I say, and there was more thunder and it looked like rain and bjllet light on the course was failing so you really couldn’t see the faces of the men who played through. This is such a book. Eliot NaillesTony Nailles. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read saving…. Refresh and try again.