“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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Story of the Week: The Swimmer
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. The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a warm midsummer day. It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded, and has an upper-class or upper-middle-class social standing.
Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story. Midway through his journey, things gradually take on a darker and ultimately surreal tone. To photocopy and distribute this selection for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center. Joun 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.
This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Halloran when she commiserates on his misfortune of having had to sell his house. At one point, Cheever wanted to parallel the tale of Narcissusa character in Cheveer mythology who died while staring at his own reflection in a pool of water, a theme which Cheever later dismissed as too restrictive.
June 29, at What ails Neddy Merrill? Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned. He will never be a swimmer again.
The Swimmer by John Cheever – into a suburban darkness
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. The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a swimmet day. He denies it and in fact her sympathy sounds preposterous because he says his daughters are staying at home.
May 21, at 3: His earlier, youthful energy gradually declines, and it becomes increasingly painful and fukl for him to swim on. 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 fheever wife, and starts off enthusiastically and full of youthful energy.
May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Plot The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a mid-summer’s swimme.
At the beginning of the story it was clearly midsummer, but eventually all natural signs point to the season being autumn. Alzheimer, Dementia, Amnesia or is it simple and plain Obduracy! 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.
Retrieved from ” https: In “The Swimmer” was adapted into a film of the same namestarring Burt Lancaster. May 21, at In”The Swimmer” was adapted into a film with the same namestarring Burt Lancaster. The suspense is sustained very carefully till the end.
Views Read Edit View history. His earlier, youthful energy leaves him, and it becomes increasingly painful and difficult for him to swim on. As for as the other possibilities are concerned, his misfortune could have caused it and left his mind unhinged.
The Swimmer (short story)
Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned. The story is sad and evokes sympathy for Neddy. There is of course an authorial comment on human obduracy which is generally jogn to common sense preceding an actual hint from Mrs.
In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks. It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded and from an dull or upper-middle-class social standing.