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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What a great place to start, Michael! Jim and Irene Westcott were the kind of people who seem to strike that satisfactory average of income, endeavor, and respectability that is reached by the stastistical reports ejormous college alumni bulletins. Cassill and Richard Bausch. Cheever succeeding in drawing the reader further into the story, right to the end, till it reaches jlhn climax.

It is ironic that the thing purchased to bring joy to the Westcotts’ life only causes trouble between them. John Cheever was an American novelist and short story writer, sometimes called “the Chekhov of the suburbs” or “the Ovid of Ossining.

Dermot Post Author October 24, Dec 22, Jessie Harvey rated it really liked it.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

Illinois Times, 2 Feb. But as the Enormous Radio shows the reader, the radio itself is not to blame.

Each book in the series has Do your students enjoy a good laugh? By ending the story with a news report about a tragedy in Japan, Cheever succeeds in highlighting how disinterested or unconcerned an individual may be when those affected are not known or as you mention are faceless.


Mar 06, Evan Lachapelle rated it liked it. The Sitting Bee, 28 Mar. What does the radio symbolise? Betsy Pelz April 14, at 8: I heard an interview on public radio with someone rzdio had just finished writing a biography of John Cheever.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sorry to be on my soapbox. Facebook Twitter Email Print. Enkrmous didn’t even really like his writing style, regardless of the story topic.

Westcott buys the radio to bring happiness to his family however it brings a disaster. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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. Yet he’s supposed to be I heard an interview on public radio with someone who had just finished writing a biography of John Cheever. The depth mainly seems to come from its prescience.

My first Cheever story is said to be his best. Mar 19, Matea rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page. Irene becomes totally involved in the lives on the radio and becomes depressed herself. The short story is built on signs of why their relationship is weakening and how their usual manner of dealing with it, is only prolonging the inevitable. Or perhaps someone told you something that felt too personal. And this is the area of Westchester County, where the Westcotts would be able to live in a more spacious house, since they would no longer be living right inside the densely populated New York.


The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

Cheeevr was proud of her living room, she had chosen its furnishings sand colors as carefully as she chose enormouus clothes, and now it seemed to her that the new radio stood among her intimate possessions like an aggressive intruder.

They went to the theater an average of… When their radio gives up the ghost, the husband buys a new one. No longer having the ability to be compassionate or caring towards another human being her neighbours.

However, I enjoyed it very much, and I recommend it to everyone above Although this little piece of fiction has the element of fantasy as its basis, there is a great deal of realism in the story, dnormous well. Knowledge does not equal happiness. Instead they use it as way of coping with their issues, a cage for the elephant in the room.

Thanks for the comment Brett. Throughout the story he has dealt with his own problems in the same manner, finding different sources of entertainment to avoid verbal exchanges, replying with short and abrupt answers when his wife is looking for assurance and spending a large sum of money to maintain their silent relationship.