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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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Cheeever the beginning of the story it was clearly mid-summer, but by the end all natural signs point to the season’s being twxt. It was later collected in The Stories of John Cheever. Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story. Gale Virtual Reference Library. He denies it and in fact her sympathy sounds preposterous because he says his daughters are staying at home.

He will never be a swimmer again. 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. This selection is used by permission. 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. To photocopy and distribute this selection for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center.

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The Swimmer (short story)

There is cehever course an authorial comment on human obduracy which is generally susceptible to common sense preceding an actual hint from Mrs. May 21, at 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. His earlier, youthful energy leaves him, and it becomes increasingly painful and difficult for him to swim on.

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Views Read Edit View history. Despite everything’s taking place during just one afternoon, it becomes unclear how much time ewimmer passed. John Cheever — From John Cheever: 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. Halloran when she commiserates on his misfortune of having had to sell his house.

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Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned. When lonliness hits, it hits hard.

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. Alzheimer, Dementia, Amnesia or is it simple and plain Obduracy! June 29, at Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story.

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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.

Plot The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a mid-summer’s day. In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks.

At one point Cheever wanted to parallel swmimer 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. 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.

In”The Swimmer” was adapted into a film with the same namestarring Burt Lancaster. There is a feeling of a more act- ive version of “Silent Snow, Sec- texf Snow. May 21, at 3: This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to fuull sources.