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The Wapshot Chronicle reader ¿ Paperback ð john cheever ð Sembra tutto normale a St Botolphs un villaggio di pescatori saldamente piantato nel Massachusetts e in tutto ciò che uello stato verde ricco e tradizionale rappresenta per gli Stati Uniti Sembra normale la florida famiglia Wapshot Sembra normale la vita dS e l’inafferrabile Coverly Sembra normale anche se eccentrica la vita della cugina Honora Eppure di realmente normale c’è poco in loro in uesti personaggi inventati eppure verissimi in uesto villaggio immaginato ma più autentico di uelli segnati sulle mappe parte di un New England trasformato in geografia dell’anima Do NOT be as stupid as me Don’t pick a book by its cover Particularly when the cover does not accurately portray what the book will give you I wanted to re test John Cheever and the cover drew my attention Big mistake The primary focus of this novel is sexuality The author was bisexual so I have full understanding that one’s sexual identity was a topic of particular interest to him Halfway through the book not yet understanding that ambivalent feelings about one's sexual identity is in fact the book's central focus I exploded saying 'For God's sake doesn't a person instinctively know when sex is good? I am uite simply the wrong reader for this book It should be noted the book looks at men’s rather than women’s bisexuality I thought the book was about living near the sea or about appreciation of auatic surroundings or about a fisherman's life or something to do with the sea Look at the cover We are told in the book’s description that this is to be a family chronicle of the Wapshots living in St Botolphs a uintessential Massachusetts fishing village We are told there will be stories of Captain Leander Wapshot a venerable sea dog but this is only where the story begins The chapters flip between Captain Wapshot's journal entries about his youth written in staccato abbreviated incomplete sentences and the coming of age experiences of his two sons What is often a central ingredient of coming of age stories? Well of course sex Here the author’s own bisexual leaning influences the telling The youngest son Coverly is sixteen when the story begins The older Moses is in college We follow the father and these two sons until they are married and have their own children There is a uestion of inheritance view spoilerLeander’s eccentric aunt Honora has willed her money to Moses and Coverly but only if they have children It is she who has the money in the family hide spoiler

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Pubblicato nel 1957 e vincitore del National Book Award Cronache della famiglia Wapshot è uno dei massimi romanzi americani del Novecento Una grande storia familiare comica e tragica ambientata in un paese sognato così bene da sembrare vero Una foto di gruppo nella uale tutti possiamo riconoscere in controluce il nostro vol Have you ever met someone who is particularly striking or beautiful but when you pick apart all their features they don't add up to your definition of attractiveness Maybe their lips are thin and you associate that with being cruel Maybe their nose is off center or their eyes too close Pointy chin rough skin thick shins it shouldn't add up but it does Tne Wapshot Chronicle was a glorious read but if you analyze all its separte pieces it doesn't seem as if it should Set in a Massachusetts fishing village the book tells the stories of the eccentric Wapshot family The description of the back of my copy calls the book Tragic and funny ribald and splendidly picaresue I was expecting a farcical read but Cheever goes so deep; you barely realize he's taking you there A chapter that examines Coverly Wapshot's possible homosexuality is filled with yearning and pain as he looks into the dark plains of American sexual eperience where the bison still roam Cheever's strength as a short story writer are in evidence which is why The Wapshot Chronicle isn't just an overarching tale but a series of individual stories Some might see this as a flaw Characters are introduced and dropped One chapter might be following one theme with a distinct writing style and suddenly you are inside the voice of Leander Wapshot who tells his story in short phrases meant to be his memoir Cheever's free use of adjectives would be damned by most writing teachers and the changes in point of view would be eually frowned upon There are sudden shifts in direction At the end of the book there is a scene of destruction following which the characters are suddenly back on track as if Cheever got himself into a tight space and didn't know how to get to the end without destroying what came before But because Cheever is not a writing workshop student his lack of concern for rules makes for an exuberant read His words flow and break over you because of their rhythm or because his vocabulary is so rich Even the most minor characters are described with full attention A stranger who has fallen off her horse is imagined by Moses Wapshot as pasty and round and worn it seemed with such anxieties as cooking catching trains and buying useful presents at Christmas A art appraiser who has a bit part at the very end receives ten lines of description including He must have been fifty the bags under his eyes couldn't have been formed in a shorter time It is for passages like this though that The Wapshot Chronicles is worth reading Leander has gone to the beach hoping for solitude but finds two old ladies who were discussing canned goods and the ingratitude of daughers in law while the surf spoke in loud voices of wrecks and voyages and the likeness of things; for the dead fish was striped like a cat and the sky was striped like a fish and the conch was whorled like an ear and the beach was ribbed like a dog's mouth and the movables in the surf splintered and crashed like the walls of Jericho Cheever's words vibrate and tremble like Jericho but they never fall down

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The Wapshot ChronicleSembra tutto normale a St Botolphs un villaggio di pescatori saldamente piantato nel Massachusetts e in tutto ciò che uello stato verde ricco e tradizionale rappresenta per gli Stati Uniti Sembra normale la florida famiglia Wapshot Sembra normale la vita del lupo di mare Leander Wapshot e dei suoi figli l’impertinente Mose I have found at times that the all American novel struggles to be deeply rooted in the social world that in a Society so fluid and so ever changing fiction hardly has time to digest the way things really happen tending to tread a path of unrealistic characters journeying through some sort of fantasy life John Cheever's debut The Wapshot Chronicle both confirms my suspicions but also contradicts them The family under the spotlight here get the full treatment making for a striking read and as first novels go there are far far worseBased on his own experiences Cheever sets his family narrative in St Botolph’s a small picturesue town on the New England coast a place of boats fishing and salty air he sets up a securely situated time and place within a matter of pages and my immediate thoughts were wow this is going to be special St Botolph is seriously steeped in heritage and seems almost incapable of change that goes for the people as well Captain Leander Wapshot along with wife Sarah and two boys Moses and Cloverly live in a big farmhouse close to the river He raises his sons to the traditional values that went before them camping trips boat clubs and respectability throughout town Leander is an ageing seaman that has the feeling of an antiue lost in time and doesn't want to move with an ever changing America whist struggling to cope after both boys leave home Things that happen to the family are both ordinary and impractical but it's the little things I found most charming throughout the small details that capture devoted family moments sharing their time happy loving When things change for the Wapshots later in the novel mixed with odd little episodes here and there including Leander's diary entries which are obscure to say the least I am not sure Cheever knew how to handle them clearly but this is generally only a small niggle as his strength lies in the time frame of his writing which he nails to a tee not only the syntax but by how Cheever framed the story which I have to say is so easy on the eye I enjoyed the fact that he gives the reader a chance to get to know the characters and their surroundings within the story without trying to push too hard slowly building a vibrant portrait of small town living Gently amusing tragic joyous and messy Cheever writes with his heart on his sleeve with a style that is truly alive This is the sort of novel Philip Roth could have written if he wasn't so obsessed with masturbation or maybe even Richard Ford had he not been half asleepThe Wapshot Chronicle is not perfect but delivers the goods reeling you in on a sturdy fishing line 45