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The Wapshot Chronicle By John Cheever Rick Moody,

  • Title: The Wapshot Chronicle
  • Author: John Cheever Rick Moody
  • ISBN: 9780060528874
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meet the Wapshots of St Botolphs There is Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea dog and would be suicide his licentious older son, Moses and Moses s adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, and partly based on Cheever s adolescence in New England, The Wapshot Chronicle is a family narrative in the finest traditionMeet the Wapshots of St Botolphs There is Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea dog and would be suicide his licentious older son, Moses and Moses s adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, and partly based on Cheever s adolescence in New England, The Wapshot Chronicle is a family narrative in the finest traditions of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James
    The Wapshot Chronicle Meet the Wapshots of St Botolphs There is Captain Leander Wapshot venerable sea dog and would be suicide his licentious older son Moses and Moses s adoring and errant younger brother Coverly Tragic

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    1. we might climb the stairs and pry into things of pertinence There is Leander s bureau drawer, where we find a withered rose once yellow and a wreath of yellow hair, the butt end of a Roman candle that was fired at the turn of the century, a boiled shirt on which an explicit picture of a naked woman is drawn in red ink, a necklace made of champagne corks and a loaded revolver.4 starsJohn Cheever 1912 1982 sold a short story to The New Yorker in 1935, the first of many His reputation as a short s [...]

    2. I have found at times that the all American novel struggles to be deeply rooted in the social world, that in a Society so fluid and so ever changing fiction hardly has time to digest the way things really happen, tending to tread a path of unrealistic characters journeying through some sort of fantasy life John Cheever s debut, The Wapshot Chronicle both confirms my suspicions but also contradicts them The family under the spotlight here get the full treatment, making for a striking read, and as [...]

    3. It s gonna happen sometime, people, no matter how you may dread it Yes, I am referring to my long planned, heavily unanticipated, as yet unwritten, irritatingly irrelevant monograph on John Cheever, wherein I single handedly return him to his proper place in the first rank of American novelists Due in equal parts toSeinfeldand postmodernism, Cheever has become little than a punch line a sad symbol of dated postwar suburban cocktail party angst well, think again, bitches The Wapshot Chronicleis [...]

    4. Some family chronicles are long and boring like a slumber induced with the sleeping pills and some are turbulent like a rocket launching I think you may effortlessly guess to what category The Wapshot Chronicle does belong The Wapshot boys had been up since four they were sleepy and sitting in the hot sun they seemed to have outlived the holiday Moses had burned his hand on a salute Coverly had lost his eyebrows in another explosion They lived on a farm two miles below the village and had canoed [...]

    5. Man is not simple Hobgoblin company of love always with us John Cheever, The Wapshot ChronicleThe Wapshot Chronicle is a twin Bildungsroman of sons Moses and Coverly, framed by the letters, journaling, and loneliness of their father Leander It is a crazy beautiful 20th Century Great Expectations like novel of a family s depth and breadth, its secrets and its flaws The two brothers are saddled with the albatross and obligation to insure ensure that Old Honora s keeps paying the bills future for t [...]

    6. Do NOT be as stupid as me Don t pick a book by its cover Particularly when the cover does not accurately portray what the book will give you I wanted to re test John Cheever and the cover drew my attention Big mistake The primary focus of this novel is sexuality The author was bisexual, so I have full understanding that one s sexual identity was a topic of particular interest to him Halfway through the book, not yet understanding that ambivalent feelings about one s sexual identity is in fact th [...]

    7. Have you ever met someone who is particularly striking or beautiful but when you pick apart all their features they don t add up to your definition of attractiveness Maybe their lips are thin and you associate that with being cruel Maybe their nose is off center or their eyes too close Pointy chin, rough skin, thick shins it shouldn t add up but it does Tne Wapshot Chronicle was a glorious read, but if you analyze all its separte pieces it doesn t seem as if it should Set in a Massachusetts fish [...]

    8. First off, this is not my sort of topic for a book Waspy New England families of a bygone era Blech blahh Second of all, it doesn t matter when the prose is so lovely and vivid Cheever manages to make otherwise boring crap sound beautiful And out of the random doings of a family in a New England port town emerge many of the problems and themes universal to families, blah blah blah But then out of nowhere, you see through the character s mundane workaday into what makes them tick Cheever never sp [...]

    9. Crack your skull before you weep Poku avam da sro im utisak o ovoj knjizi, ali jedino to mi pada na pamet jeste da je ova knjiga kao da najlep i dan u godini provede zatvoren u sobi Jeste, sve je divno bajno krasno Ali kroz prozor Zatvoren Prili no mali Podrumski I onda postane potpuno svejedno to to je napolju oaza lepih stvari, kada je sve to vidi fleka od masnih prstiju na staklu iverova proza je mo da i najbolja koju sam sreo Rame uz rame stoji sa Nabokovim od dobrih prozista tu su i Krouli, [...]

    10. This moves along with humor and old fashioned New Englandness is that a word and I expected to give it a solid four stars But the ending made my heart sing and I will not feel stingy I quibbled with Cheever off and on in this There are two aging elderly female characters who are single, wealthy, use that wealth to wield power, and wish to live in a chaste world Well, almost Honora Wapshot wants to leave her wealth to her nephews, but only if they produce sons In any case, I could not relate to e [...]

    11. Zio Pipino MarzapaneNei confronti di questo libro avevo un pregiudizio negativo, la copertina orrenda che mi ha respinta per anni e un pregiudizio positivo, dovuto alla lettura precedente di Il nuotatore, bellissimo racconto.Cheever racconta di questa famiglia del New England, degna rappresentante di un aristocrazia naturale statunitense arrivati dall Inghilterra nel 1630, sono bianchi, belli, eleganti, sportivi, esperti di sport nautici Nascono e crescono in una di quelle splendide case di legn [...]

    12. I was hesitant to begin reading Cheever I have no idea why I believed his fiction wouldn t interest me , and even skeptical about starting with a novel rather than his well regarded short stories However, this novel was nothing short of excellent, and makes me even excited to turn to his short fiction The Wapshot Chronicle tells the tale of a single family s existence in and around St Botolph s, a fishing village on the northern coast of Massachusetts The novel focuses most heavily on the wil [...]

    13. Cheever s sensory descriptions in this book made me nostalgic for things I ve never even experienced E.g this whale of a sentence The attic was a fitting place for these papers, for this barny summit of the house as big as a hayloft with its trunks and oars and tillers and torn sails and broken furniture and crooked chimneys and hornets and wasps and obsolete lamps spread out at one s feet like the ruins of a vanished civilization and with an extraordinary spiciness in the air as if some eightee [...]

    14. Cheever, based on my reading of this book, was one of the authors questioning the American Dream that was prevalent after 1945 What is this dream will you be happy would be a decent premise for this novel.The farm outside Boston with its simple idyllic lifestyle is juxtapositioned against the big bad cities world of New York, Washington new housing developments While the home life doesn t change much, everywhere else is The wonderful bitchy description of where all the wedding invitations end up [...]

    15. The chronicle here is the story of Captain Leander Wapshot and his sons, Coverly and Moses, and their lives on the New England coast Parts of the story are told through Leander s diary, though other chapters are written as flashes, like pieces of short stories This is Cheever s first novel, being a short story writer first so an entire novel being written in that format is not particularly surprising It often reminded me of, ugh, Sinclair Lewis, or, double ugh, Sherwood Anderson, but for a long [...]

    16. Meh That is all the emotion with which this book left me Somewhere I read that Cheever was heavily inspired by James Joyce, and it is so, so obvious here I don t mean that in a good way either.Cheever is not a novelist, and it is quite apparent He is a short story writer who wanted to jump ship for novels, but this book is nothing than a short story that is about 200 pages too long I got bored times than I can count.Aside from that, he is a good writer The book flows well, and he is has a way [...]

    17. I hadn t read a lot of John Cheever but my mother loved him and his books were always around the house when I was growing up my spouse has the big fat Stories of John Cheever collection and we ve read stories like The Swimmer and Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor together Cheever was sometimes disparaged as a talented though middlebrow New Yorker type of writer by the literati, but revered by many like my mom One of his main themes was the vanishing of the old social order in Manhattan, sub [...]

    18. Set in the fictional seaside town of St Bostolphs, Massachusetts, we meet the Wapshot family Written with such flair, we get to know many of the Wapshots at a deep level and wonder if we haven t met them all personally at some of our own family gatherings.The Wapshots face birth and death, financial crises and recoveries, sexual abstinence and experimentation and deal with the matters of life in their individual manners.The eldest son of Leander, Moses is most like his father and travels to Wash [...]

    19. Uno scatolone di vecchie fotografie.L odore e il disordine sono le principali sensazioni che il romanzo mi ha lasciato al termine della lettura.Gli odori ma anche i sapori che nel primo 900 pervadono i paesi costieri del New England, sono rievocati dall autore con meticolosa precisione, nella loro composita sostanza, densa di multiple percezioni sensoriali, profumi, afrori sgradevoli, acidit , esalazioni reali o immaginate dalla materia degli oggetti, tutta un atmosfera che richiama ripetutament [...]

    20. I ll start with an oft repeated saying, that, while oft repeated, doesn t make it any less valid That Cheever, master of the short story that he is, isn t as good of a novelist I tried reading The Wapshot Chronicle for the first time during one of my listless summers home from college, and somehow couldn t get into it.10 years later, I finished it, and I did like it I liked the archival detail of childhood memory that Cheever explores, and the lazy summer by the sea day vibe of the novel, and I [...]

    21. John Cheever is best known for his short stories, but his first novel won the National Book Award in 1958 I was expecting one of those John O Hara or John Marquand novels because I had gotten the idea Cheever was a New Yorker favorite Instead, I was pleasantly surprised The Wapshot family has lived for generations in a New England village which began as a sailing port By the time of the novel, it is a dying town and the fading family lives mostly for tradition Leander Wapshot, the current head o [...]

    22. The descriptions of New England small town landscapes are pitch perfect Cheever s characterizations are great and detailed One example He must have been fifty the bags under his eyes couldn t have been formed in a shorter time However, the plot is so meandering and lacking in cohesion it is sometimes difficult to remember what has happened from scene to scene As has been noted by others this is Cheever s first novel and he is famed for his short stories.One of my favorite vignettes was when Lean [...]

    23. Cheever takes a velvet hammer to the institution of the Olde New England Family, with a case study of the Wapshots, a family with few skills or resources for functioning in modern society Some shakeups at home lead to them finally getting properly injected into the modern American bloodstream, after a car crash victim upsets the ruling order of the house Patriarch Leander is first to crumble, falling victim to his domineering Aunt, who tries to turn the family home into a bed and breakfast and h [...]

    24. There are some serious problems with the male side of the Wapshot clan But I could never quite tell if the author realized that or not I bought the book because I ve loved Cheever s short fiction that I ve read and my edition has a saucy, Mad Men inspired cover I couldn t resist Cheever inspires in me a similar guilt that Updike and Roth do, in that I enjoy them despite myself As someone who considers herself a feminist and doesn t consider that some sort of hex either , their portrayals of thei [...]

    25. So, there are two types of card games One you play usually as an adult, and each hand has an effect on the following hand You know, you keep score and there s an ultimate goal Then there are the games you play, usually as a kid, where each hand stands completely on its own No scoring No advantage to winning a hand And this book is like the second If you re not really involved in the hand you re playing chapter you re reading, there s no reason to pay any attention whatsoever, because the followi [...]

    26. Highly recommended for anyone having trouble sleeping Guaranteed to make your eyes cross with boredom after only five pages, after which you will fall into a deep sleep, if only to avoid having to read any of this I really like a lot of John Cheever s short stories, but this has to be close to the most boring thing I have EVER read.

    27. Ah New EnglandThis is the book Jonathan Richman would have written if he was born at the turn of the twentieth century and if he was a writer and a drunk.Weirdly recommended.

    28. The book follows a New England family, neither aristocratic nor proletarian, one of the first families of a provincial littoral town with all the places of honor in the annual 4th of July parade that such a social position offers.The narrative jumps around a bit chronologically, filling in background detail as needed, but mainly follows the two Wapshot sons, Moses and Coverly, as they become adolescents, leave the family home and town to try their luck in the big cities of New York and Washingto [...]

    29. Yet another book that makes me wonder what the real definition of a classic is This book is on the Modern Library s list of top 100 books of the 20th century, and John Cheever was born in my hometown, so I ve wanted to read it for a while It s not that it s a bad book But it is merely an OK book, and I don t see anything in it that would make future generations want to read it The Wapshot family is about as old Yankee as you can get, and they can t imagine that their town of St Botolph isn t kno [...]

    30. I found this a strangely discontinuous book and I don t think I enjoyed it as much the second time around as I did the first It has a send up of someone who might be Isabella Stewart Gardner I d never noticed before Nothing wrong with that But I wonder whether Cheever had much affection for his characters Leander and the two boys are the most memorable, but they all experience such outrageous reversals of fortune, that the overall feeling is one of melancholy It s possible that Waugh like he s s [...]

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