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Ballantine Books, 1985 - Fiction - 226 pages
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User Review  - stef7sa - LibraryThing

Totally at a loss with this novel. Just cannot connect to the protagonist, a professor? and drug addict who has murdered his brother. It is all very improbable, illogical, inconsistent and difficult to relate to. Gave up halfway. Read full review

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User Review  - stephengoldenberg - LibraryThing

I read it because I'm a big fan of Cheever's short stories. I don't think on the evidence of this book that he's as good a novelist. It's basically a prison story and, as an account of prison life, it ... Read full review


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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 17, and in 1979, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his collected edition of short stories, titled Stories of John Cheever. Cheever also wrote screenplays, and five novels, including The Wapshot Chronicle, which won the National Book Award in 1957. Cheever died in 1982, at the age of 70.

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