Dive deep into John Cheever’s The Housebreaker of Shady Hill with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. A friend of mine suggested I read ‘The Housebreaker of Shady Hill’, and at the time I was resisting this writer’s work, for reasons that fail me. Cheever’s short story Housebreaker of Shady. Hill. The characters in these stories–upper-middle class suburbanites–live in a.

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The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

Stephanie rated it liked it Oct sgady, The shiny bread is thus both a sign of the wealth he once had access to, and of his nostalgic desire to reclaim that wealth. The more important aspect regarding our main character is present in the title and has to do with thieving.

Maybe I do now, maybe I don’t. Return to Book Page. The main character wants to be somewhere else, for sure, and wants to be someone else. Pauline Poletes rated it it was amazing Apr 02, But things are not as clear cut as we may be tempted to decide, shday that – Once a thief always a thief or – What else we need to know in order to classify him as a villain? Despite all of my resistances, I believe the character really is houesbreaker of his guilt….

To provide financially for his family, at whatever cost. When he expressees these desires, housebreakeer day-dreams of an imaginary and timeless paradise. A man with a family in the suburbs loses his job at company that manufactures parablendeum, which seems to be kind of color-tinted Saran wrap.


I felt better at discovering how common the thing I had done was. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill

It was a delusion for Hake to think that stealing money would somehow solve his financial problems, a fact highlighted by the farrago of feelings concerning death, his mother, and holl pastoral that occurred previous to his theft.

This is all a symptom of a disease I like to call boredom of reality.

In this way they are freed after a short stint in prison and they go to Dubai, French Riviera and hiill like to spend the money they stole from the rest housrbreaker us. This distinction had obviously gone by the time John Cheever wrote his short story. Throughout the story the protagonist, Johnny Hake, desires to return to the days of his youth, and specifically to his vacations in the countryside, when he was carefree and innocent.

Dec 12, Nick Scandy rated it really liked it. Want to Read saving…. Caught in the rain, Hake has a revelation:.

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill by John Cheever

In truth, Hake was operating under delusions from the very start, and his crisis of conscience brings him no closer to really understanding why he was ever prompted to steal. Be the first to ask a question about The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and other stories. Patricia rated it it was amazing May 12, David rated it it was amazing Feb 23, The landscape balances out the torment of the tortured characters within it—and sometimes, that beauty is even enough to save them.


May 19, Benjy rated it it was amazing. Kristian rated it really liked it Aug 01, He gets fired, decides to go into business on his own, and does a pretty pathetic job of it. Set in a similar time and place, this is the story of a man who gets fired from a secure job in the city, but his reaction is somewhat different.

A wonderful collection of stories about life in the ‘s suburbia. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Published by Macfadden-Bartell Corporation first published What a confusing beginning for a note that is supposed to clarify at least myself, in a few years time, when I may wonder about this short story.

It seemed wrong to him that young couples should begin their lives in an atmosphere that lacked grace Many of his works also express a nostalgia for a vanishing way of life, characterized by abiding cultural traditions and a profound sense of community, as opposed to the alienating nomadism of modern suburbia.

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