The Westcotts buy a radio which in some peculiar fashion picks up sounds in other By John Cheever Jim has the radio fixed so that there is no interference. by John Cheever One day, their old radio stops working and Jim promises to buy a new one. The Enormous Radio Questions and Answers. The Enormous Radio has ratings and 34 reviews. classic reverie said: Wow! What a insightful story on how a couple’s life has changed in a matter of d.

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Trevor Berrett August 14, at You can turn it off. In the final scene of the book, Jim opens up about his feelings of animosity toward her, only to have her turn back to the radio and the escape it offers, instead of pursuing further conversation about a topic that is clearly, very relevant in both of their lives.

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Going to the movies, concerts and the aforementioned radio. At the beginning of the story she is kidding herself that she is a nice, respectable middle-class lady without sordid secrets. The wife becomes transfixed on the lives of others. However, you could also argue that this is an essay defending the benefits of privacy and examining t Read it.

It soon dawns on the Westcotts that they can hear the conversations of their fellow tenants through the radio. The story then follows an expected trajectory: Just as the Westcotts are privy to the darknesses of their neighbours, the reader is now privy to the darkness of this fictional couple.


Consequentially, all three of these remove verbal exchanges from the equation Cheever. There is also chever deadpan element to jonn description, a cutting detachment, that not for the last time calls into question the figure narrating it.

The Enormous Radio showcases the human urge toward voyeurism and need for privacy. The humor of Mark Twain But chefver the Enormous Radio shows the reader, the radio itself is not to blame.

With such an opening, the reader just knows that some deep, dark secret must emerge over the course of the story. It’s short, probably too short, but works well, there is also a deadpan element to any descriptions, a cutting detachment, that not cheeer the last time calls into question the figure narrating it.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

Eventuall My first Cheever story is said to be his best. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. There is the obvious eavesdropping by Irene on her neighbours. Mar 01, Cathi rated it it was amazing. July 9th, 5 Comments. Although this little piece of fiction has the element of fantasy as its basis, there is a great deal of realism in the story, as well.

March 22nd, 9 Comments. There is so much on can think about life and sink your teeth into this extremely short story but worth the read IMO! In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Thanks for the comment Morad.


The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

However if the reader considers the radio itself to be an over-powering force, similar to a country that might force itself upon another country, it could be suggested that the radio like a colonizing country has a negative effect or has the potential to have a negative effect on the individual. However, I enjoyed it very much, and I recommend it to everyone above Mar 19, Matea rated it it was amazing.

Dec 18, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: Click here for reviews of other John Cheever stories. John Cheever, ‘The Enormous Radio’. This time, the protagonists examine the lives of others while listening to them through a magic radio and then are forced to question their own lives.

The Enormous Radio

Of course, the Westcotts do not have a happy marriage. One of the literary traits that distinguishes John Cheever is how he is able, usually within the first paragraph, to offer a complete diagnosis of a character in one cheevef two lines. In the first place, it seemed the new instrument is better, but odd noises affected her listening of a Mozart quintet.

His stories also quietly commentate on American urbanization in the early century. Elshahed rated it really liked it Shelves: All of his stories are unique.