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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 ยท July 18, P. The New Yorker, July 18, P. On a midsummer Sunday Ned and Lucinda Merril, & Donald.

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In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks.

The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a warm midsummer day. 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 tue, as well as his use of myth and symbolism. Despite everything’s taking place during just one afternoon, it becomes unclear how much time has passed.

His earlier, youthful energy gradually declines, and it becomes increasingly painful and difficult for him to swim on. Views Read Edit View history. Alzheimer, Dementia, Amnesia or is it simple and plain Obduracy!

At the beginning of the story it was clearly midsummer, but eventually all natural signs point to the season being autumn. As for as the other possibilities are concerned, his misfortune could have caused it and left his mind unhinged. 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.

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It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded, and has an upper-class or upper-middle-class social standing.

The Swimmer (short story)

In”The Swimmer” was adapted into a film with the same namestarring Burt Lancaster. May 21, at Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This selection is used joyn permission. There is a feeling of a more act- ive version of “Silent Snow, Sec- cret Snow. Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned. Retrieved from ” https: To photocopy and distribute this selection for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center.

Midway through his journey, things swimmre take on a darker and ultimately surreal tone. As his journey progresses, things gradually take on a darker and ultimately surreal tone.

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Despite the ever-present afternoon light, it becomes unclear how much time has passed. Originally conceived as a novel rhe pared down from over pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story.

He will never be a swimmer again. He denies it and in fact her sympathy sounds preposterous because he says his daughters are staying at home.

The Swimmer (short story)

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. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Newer Post Older Post Home. Texf 29, at In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks. As published, the story is highly praised for its blend of realism and surrealismthe thematic exploration of cherver America, especially the relationship between wealth and happiness, as well as his use of myth and symbolism.

Plot The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a mid-summer’s day. 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 swwimmer as too restrictive. What ails Neddy Merrill?

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The Swimmer by John Cheever โ€“ into a suburban darkness

John Cheever โ€” From John Cheever: Neddy completes his pledge by finishing the cross country swim and an exhausted Neddy reaches and finds it empty, dark and locked. Whatever the problem Neddy suffered from, it was definitely not obduracy. It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded and from an upper-class or upper-middle-class social standing.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. The suspense is sustained very carefully till the end. Friday, May 18, The Swimmer.

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.

Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story. 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.

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