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“The Swimmer”, a short story by American author John Cheever, was originally published in in honor of his wife), and starts off enthusiastic and full of youthful energy. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike. “The Swimmer”, a short story by American author John Cheever, was originally in honor of his wife, and starts off enthusiastically and full of youthful energy. The Swimmer. By John Cheever · July 18, P. The New Yorker, July 18, P. On a midsummer Sunday Ned and Lucinda Merril, & Donald.

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As for as the other possibilities are concerned, his misfortune could have caused it and left his mind unhinged. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. May 21, at The suspense is sustained very carefully till the end. Despite the ever-present afternoon light, it becomes unclear how much time has passed. His earlier, youthful energy leaves him, and it becomes increasingly painful and difficult for him to swim on.

Halloran when she commiserates on his misfortune of having had to sell his house. When Ned feels how little he is carred for by the busy people of his society, his mind and his emotions collapse–until they finally and sadly are confirmed at the end. Retrieved from ” https: On a whim, Neddy decides to get home by swimming across all the pools in the county, which he names “The Lucinda River” in honor of his wife, and starts off enthusiastically and full of youthful energy.

The Swimmer (short story)

Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story. As published, the story is highly praised for its blend of realism and surrealismthe thematic exploration of suburban America, especially the relationship between wealth and happiness, as well as his use of myth and symbolism.

To photocopy and distribute this textt for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center. On a whim, Neddy decides to get home by swimming through all the pools in the neighborhood which he names “The Lucinda River” in honor of his wifeand starts off enthusiastic and full of youthful energy. Different people Neddy encounters mention misfortune and money troubles he doesn’t remember, and he is patently unwelcome at several houses belonging to owners of a lower social class.

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There is of jphn an authorial comment on human obduracy which is generally susceptible to common sense preceding an actual hint from Mrs.

Despite everything’s taking place during just one afternoon, it becomes unclear how much time has passed. At one point Cheever wanted to parallel the tale of Narcissusa character in Greek mythology who died while staring at his own reflection in a pool of water, which Cheever dismissed as too restrictive. Old acquaintances encountered by Neddy mention misfortune and money troubles which he does not remember hearing about, and he is patently unwelcome at several houses belonging to owners of a lower social class.

Alzheimer, Dementia, Amnesia or is it simple and plain Obduracy! What ails Neddy Merrill? There is a feeling of a more act- ive version of “Silent Snow, Sec- cret Snow.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Midway through his journey, things gradually take on a darker and ultimately surreal tone. The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a mid-summer’s day. The story is intriguing cheevee we are left clueless till almost the middle. Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over pages of cueever, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story.

May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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June 29, at This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned. It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded, and has an upper-class or upper-middle-class social standing.

Newer Post Older Post Home. It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded and from an upper-class or upper-middle-class social standing. Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April He denies it and in fact her sympathy sounds preposterous because he says his daughters are staying at home.

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At one point, Cheever wanted to parallel the tale of Narcissusa character in Greek mythology who died while staring at his own reflection in a pool of water, a theme which Cheever later dismissed as too restrictive. The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a warm midsummer day. His earlier, youthful energy gradually declines, and it cbeever increasingly painful and difficult for him to swim on. In the early stops tex his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks.

In “The Swimmer” was adapted into a film of the same namestarring Burt Lancaster. At the beginning of the story it was clearly mid-summer, but by the end all natural signs point to the season’s being autumn. Friday, May 18, The Swimmer. The story is sad and evokes sympathy for Fheever. In”The Swimmer” was adapted into a film with the same namestarring Burt Lancaster.

The Swimmer by John Cheever – into a suburban darkness

When lonliness hits, it hits hard. Whatever the problem Neddy suffered from, it was definitely not obduracy.

At the beginning of the story it was clearly midsummer, but eventually all natural signs point to the season being autumn. As his journey progresses, things gradually take on a darker and ultimately surreal tone. swimmeer

Views Read Edit View history. Gale Virtual Reference Library. May 21, at 3: Plot The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a mid-summer’s day. This selection is used by permission. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.