“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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Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April There is a feeling of a more act- ive version of “Silent Snow, Sec- cret Snow.
His earlier, youthful energy gradually declines, and it becomes increasingly painful and difficult for him to swim on.
As his journey progresses, things gradually take on a darker and ultimately surreal tone. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. John Cheever — From John Cheever: Newer Post Older Post Home.
Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned. The story is intriguing as we are left clueless till almost the middle. It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded and from an upper-class or upper-middle-class social standing. At the beginning of the story it was clearly midsummer, but eventually all natural signs point to the season being autumn.
Neddy completes his pledge by finishing the cross country swim and an exhausted Neddy reaches and finds it empty, dark and locked. In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks.
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 mid-summer’s day.
The Swimmer by John Cheever – into a suburban darkness
May 21, at This article needs additional citations for verification. Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story.
Ccheever 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 Swkmmer Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a warm midsummer day. When lonliness hits, it hits hard.
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. Alzheimer, Dementia, Amnesia or is it simple and plain Obduracy!
The Swimmer (short story)
It was later collected in The Stories of John Cheever. What ails Neddy Merrill? Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned.
In”The Swimmer” was adapted into a film with the same namestarring Burt Lancaster.
Story of the Week: The Swimmer
Plot The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a mid-summer’s gext. It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded, and has an upper-class or upper-middle-class social standing.
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.