The Westcotts buy a radio which in some peculiar fashion picks up sounds in other By John Cheever Jim has the radio fixed so that there is no interference. by John Cheever One day, their old radio stops working and Jim promises to buy a new one. The Enormous Radio Questions and Answers. The Enormous Radio has ratings and 34 reviews. classic reverie said: Wow! What a insightful story on how a couple’s life has changed in a matter of d.

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A Manhattan couple buy a radio, and enjoy it until it begins picking up the conversations of neighbors throughout their building. Maybe this story works better as commentary than as a story, but either way it works.

Fun and intiguing story which shows how seemingly perfect existance is far more complex and tragic from those that are visibly disfunctional. Jim Westcott — Educated at Andover 25 miles north of Boston.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

Jim claims that Irene was completely calm about the abortion. Mar 01, Cathi rated it it was amazing.

In any case, they hope someday to live in Westchester. April 11th, 10 Comments.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

By ending the story with a news report about a tragedy in Japan, Cheever succeeds in highlighting how disinterested or unconcerned an individual may be enormlus those affected are not known or as you mention are faceless. She is running away from the truth about herself. Her husband Jim decides to alleviate her boredom by buying her a radio, which rapidly assumes a dominant position within her life — so dominant, in fact, that she imagines hearing the voices of her close friends and neighbors, all of whom appear to be involved in marital break-ups or family diso Set in post New York, The Enormous Radio focuses on Irene, a frustrated middle-class housewife with little to occupy her enormoks except clean the house and enjoy lunch once a week at the Waldorf Hotel.


She soon realizes the radio is transmitting the ambient sounds of her apartment building: They jihn to the theater an average of… Her infatuation with the private lives of others satisfies a deep longing to jjohn that she, along with her husband, are not alone in their marital strife Cheever.

I found most intriguing the divide between hearing people’s woes and taking action to address them, as well as the slight gender themes in Cheever’s piece. Do your students enjoy a good laugh?

The Enormous Radio

Every free moment she has is spent reveling in the juicy details of her apartment building: She has gone from a pleasant, rather plain woman, to a woman who doubts who she is and doubts her relationship with her husband Jim.

I tend to focus more on the use of language, so I found your analysis really helpful.

You never gave your sister a cent of that money that was intended for her — not even when she needed it. Mar 06, Evan Lachapelle rated it liked it.


I went back cheeveg week to read it again and thoroughly enjoyed the stories. What Mary Jo Peterson discusses in her piece about communication in marriage, speaks directly to the husband in the Enormous Radio, Jim. I did like this, but as a story it is very light and straightforward. However, I enjoyed it very much, and I recommend it to everyone above Why are you so Christly all of a sudden?

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The old radio breaks down. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jul 30, Marley rated it it was amazing. Irene identifies with the others in the building as her own problems.

The radio is the biggest symbol in the rdaio. Tuning the frequency somehow picks enotmous different apartments in their building, and the wife becomes obsessed with the voyeurism. Just checked out your post. Works Cited Cheever, John. The start of this for example below is simple, but sets the scene perfectly for what follows. Apr 06, classic reverie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Instead, their monied privilege allows them to go out and buy a new one.

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