And this was extremely entertaining and well written.
This is allegory to be sure, but too often allegories like this end up with characters who feel like nothing buy puppets instead of people.
The gem in Cheever's writing is to render these people and their neighbors with the true unique humanity and quirks we all possess.
Cheever always paints a vivid picture of eccentric people. His characters Nailles and Hammer are realistic and bizarre, and the son can't help but be temporarily depressed.Published 10 months ago by pete miller
John Cheever's Bullet Park is a magical mystery tour that transports the reader back to the world of suburban New York in the Sixties. Read morePublished 13 months ago by caraxida
A searing send-off of suburban life outside of New York in the late 1950s-60s. Poignant, but not overly a downer, as it does have its moments of levity. "... Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by jimcab
Cheever slowly and deliberately fills out the image of a suburban town, by setting character vignettes and then delving deeply into descriptive personal details. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by fogcutter
I bought this book for my kindle, and can honestly say that it was worth the money spent.
Cheever is a master story teller, and from the very first page, to the last, you feel... Read more
"Bullet Park" (1969), John Cheever's third novel, continues his string of novels portraying life, especially life in the suburbs, in a light that becomes darker and darker with... Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by Sam Sattler
One of Cheever's darkest and angriest books, it's easy to see how his personal troubles spilled over into the characters of Hammer and Nailles. Read morePublished on December 14, 2007 by Jake Barnes
The opening is genius, and it grabbed me and took me straight to the conclusion. That suggests a gift for storytelling, and most writers don't have it. Read morePublished on February 26, 2006 by Bruce Banner
For long stretches, "Bullet Park" tells highly abstract stories, such as Hammer's quest for the calming yellow room. Read morePublished on August 1, 2002 by Ethan Cooper