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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There are people almost obscenely tuned in to the feed of available information, and yet there are still people unable to watch the news because it upsets them. His stories also quietly commentate on American urbanization in the early century.

One thing I really like about Mr Cheever’s short-story writing, is that within just a few sentences he is chheever to offer a compounding diagnosis of characters, and their lives. Mar 14, Realini rated it it was amazing. She lets the repairman in to repair the radio, and most likely she polished the silver that Irene absent-mindedly inspected at supper, not to mention she probably cleaned the apartment, too.

It was familiar to me once I realized what was happening. The radio was ugly; the title reveals an enormous size.

The Enormous Radio

Cheever ends with the normal calm the radio provides: The goings-on are slightly fantastical in a way that’s essential for allegory. Why did you lie to me? Trevor Berrett April 15, at I was so enthusiastic about it that I determined rasio try and read it again and now that I came across short stories by John Cheever I will read them.


This story was written in Fun and intiguing story which shows how seemingly perfect existance is far more complex and enormmous from those that are visibly disfunctional. But instead sets two enormoux ticking time bombs, building toward some form of confrontation.

You cannot lead a perfect life no matter how hard you try, your past and your decisions will always be part of you, so there is no point in hiding behind the pretenses of perfection.

She stole from her mother’s estate and had an abortion. Eventuall Enodmous first Cheever story is said to be his best. Westcott sees the new radio in the large gumwood cabinet, ennormous does not like its enormousness. When their radio gives up the ghost, the husband buys a new one. Irene is the true star of this story because it is Irene who undergoes the major character transformation.

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A fascinating short story about a wife and husband who own a radio that lets them radlo other people’s lives. May 14th, 6 Comments. Her husband Jim decides to alleviate her boredom by buying her a radio, which rapidly assumes a dominant position within her life — so dominant, in fact, that she imagines hearing the voices of her close friends and neighbors, all of whom appear to be involved in marital break-ups or family diso Set in post New York, The Enormous Radio focuses on Irene, a frustrated middle-class housewife with little to occupy her mind except clean the house and enjoy lunch once a week at the Waldorf Hotel.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

Another time there are bells in the background. She has gone from a pleasant, rather plain woman, to a woman who doubts who she is and doubts her relationship with her husband Jim. March 22nd, 9 Comments. Yet he’s supposed to be wonderful.


She was confounded by the number of dials and switches on the instrument panel, and she studied them thoroughly before she put the plug into a wall socket and turned the radio n.

Jul 24, Zainab A. Apr 06, classic reverie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Secrets revealed are sometimes not handled well.

Until the new radio arrived, the Westcotts hardly ever argued and seemed to have a happy marriage. Going to the movies, concerts and the aforementioned radio. According to Alan Lloyd Smith, [2] a concept of domestic abjection is one that “disturbs identity, order, and system”.

Mar 01, Cathi rated it it was amazing. The additive nature of Irene can be sensed in this story as well. The reader also begins to realise that Irene is not in complete control, every day revolves around the radio and eavesdropping on her neighbours.

An example of this is when Jim and Irene are at the dinner party. You can turn it off.

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That was awesome, but can you just shed some more light on this story regarding post-colonialism? There is also a deadpan element to this description, a cutting detachment, that not for the last time calls into question the figure narrating it.

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