Dive deep into John Cheever’s The Housebreaker of Shady Hill with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. A friend of mine suggested I read ‘The Housebreaker of Shady Hill’, and at the time I was resisting this writer’s work, for reasons that fail me. Cheever’s short story Housebreaker of Shady. Hill. The characters in these stories–upper-middle class suburbanites–live in a.

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The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

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Jul 17, Realini rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a confusing beginning for a note that is supposed to clarify at least myself, in a few years time, when I may wonder about this short story. If the first question is more serious, for I have not figured out if the lead man is good or bad, the second refers to the American measurements. We shaady told in the first sentence in stone or pounds the weight and then the number of feet, which can figured out easily on the net.

The more important aspect regarding our main character is present in the title and has to do with thieving.

But things are not as clear cut as we may be tempted to decide, thinking that – Once a thief housebrea,er a thief or – What else we need to know in order to classify him as a villain? He works with people that could be considered worse and then my country is lead by a bunch of crooks and idiots —except for the president.

For me this story raises a question- – If the petty thief is to blame and needs to be punished, what about the big sharks? Housevreaker have saying that goes something like this – The uncaught thief is an honest trader…or perhaps broker, peddler, etc. All around our villain-hero people sell shoddy goods or stocks and speak in plain terms about their targets- – He is so weak it is like robbery – With their money, you can clean them of a million and they would not feel shaxy thing.

So the housebreaker, who took a smaller amount than the aforementioned hilll, seems a good guy – At least from the perspective of a Bernard Maddoff, who robbed people of billions Where I come from, there is a permanent feeling that justice is not being served towards housebreakers and PSD barons alike.


There was this old woman, in her eighties I guess, that faced a few years jail sentence housebrewker moving a fence with a few feet. And that in circumstances where people are not sure about important property limits and big shots embezzle hundreds of millions.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

There is even a sense that it is worth stealing some millions, when all you have ahead is the perspective of a few years housebreakdr bars. The serious financial criminals have been learned the lesson of paying shadow writers to write fake books for them. In this way they are freed after a short stint in prison and they go to Dubai, French Riviera and the like to spend the money they stole from the suady of us. Somehow Housebreakers become role models…which is crazy and reflects upon the society, the collective psyche that has been so fucked up…mostly by the communist regime- I think.

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Nov 20, Catherine Mustread rated it liked it Shelves: Only read — actually listened — to one story from this collection on Selected Shorts podcast. Jun 22, Bridgette Davis rated it really liked it Shelves: I really appreciated this collection of short stories — I think it highlighted a truth that only shxdy for the upper-middle class early suburbanites.

I adored the way that Cheever captured these early small-towners’ ideas about climbers, those born in the working class, the “developments” that were on their way, and the evil of the public library. A few lines struck me It seemed wrong to him that the houses he imagined should be identical and that they should be built of ehady wood and false stone. It seemed wrong to him that young couples should begin their lives in an atmosphere that lacked grace I hated the suburbs prior to reading this book; still do Jan 10, W.

Another great Cheever book I inherited first edition vintage hardcover no less! I adored these stories May 18, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: I first read this book when I was a kid, and of course I didn’t really get it.

Maybe I do now, maybe I don’t. Cheever’s tales of stifled-but-hedonistic bedroom community life are not as outdated as you might think, houssebreaker I love the no-fuss writing. It’s a book of short stories that all revolve around the same place and contain some of the same characters, which is nice for shafy I have a hard time getting into short stories, but this felt like a novel in bits and pieces.

Aug 12, Amber rated it liked it. Not as fun as his later work, based on the only other Cheever book I’ve read, “Falconer,” but still a great writer. Cheever is like Salinger for grown-ups. Very critical of bourgeois s America, but written from the bourgeois perspective. Again, his later stuff is more visceral, this collection of short stories seemed superficial in comparison to “Falconer. May 19, Benjy rated it it was amazing. I’d read all of these before in the collected stories volume but these are some of my favorites of his and it was nice to read them together.


Can’t really go wrong with any Cheever short story. Reading a bunch of vaguely overlapping ones doesn’t really require an excuse. Jan 12, Avocados rated it it was amazing. A wonderful collection of stories about life in the ‘s suburbia. It really made me think about how hard, lonely and boring it was to be a middle class woman in the 50’s. Aug 19, Erik Blair rated it it was amazing.

Dec 12, Nick Scandy rated it really liked it. John Cheever’s got a spot in my cynical shay. Rebecca rated it it was amazing Nov 13, Ty rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Linda Doyle rated it it was amazing Feb 07, Andy rated it liked it Apr 14, Pauline Poletes rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Tyler rated it liked it Oct 07, Michael rated it it was amazing Dec 16, Alice rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Stephanie rated it liked it Oct 20, Tom Berry rated it really liked it Jun 28, Kristian rated it really liked it Aug 01, Kevin Tracy rated it liked it Jan 03, Chris Neale housebrewker it really liked it Jul 17, Patricia rated it it was amazing May 12, Carrie rated it liked it Aug 09, Brad rated it housebreakr was amazing Jun 17, Oliver rated it sgady was amazing Jan 02, David rated it it was amazing Feb 23, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer, sometimes called “the Chekhov of the suburbs” or “the Ovid of Ossining.

His main themes include the duality of human nature: 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. Books by John Cheever. Trivia About The Housebreaker No trivia or quizzes yet.

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