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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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It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded, and has an upper-class or upper-middle-class social standing. The story is intriguing as we are left clueless till almost the middle.

Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story. Cneever 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.

He denies it and in fact her sympathy sounds preposterous because he says his daughters are staying at home.

As for as the other possibilities are concerned, his misfortune could have caused it and left his mind unhinged. It was later collected in The Stories of John Cheever. Neddy completes his pledge by finishing the cross country swim and an exhausted Neddy reaches and finds it empty, dark and locked.

At one point Cheever wanted to parallel the tale of Narcissusa character in Greek mythology who died while staring at his own reflection cheefer a pool of water, which Cheever dismissed as too restrictive.

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Friday, May 18, The Swimmer.

Despite the ever-present afternoon light, it becomes unclear how much time has passed. This article needs additional citations for verification. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Old acquaintances encountered by Neddy mention misfortune and money troubles which he does not cheevre hearing about, and he is patently unwelcome at several houses belonging to owners of a lower social class.

The Swimmer (short story)

The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a warm midsummer day. When lonliness hits, it hits hard.

The suspense is sustained very carefully till the end. May 21, at 3: As his journey progresses, things gradually flul on a darker and ultimately surreal tone. Plot The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a mid-summer’s day. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat His earlier, youthful energy gradually declines, and it becomes increasingly painful and difficult for him to swim on.

The Swimmer by John Cheever – into a suburban darkness

In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks. What ails Neddy Merrill? Despite everything’s taking place during just one afternoon, it becomes unclear how much time has passed. The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool johb a mid-summer’s day.

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Story of the Week: The Swimmer

At one point, Cheever wanted to parallel the tale of Narcissusa character in Greek mythology who died while staring at his own reflection in a pool of water, a theme which Cheever later dismissed as too restrictive. In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks.

May 21, at When Ned feels how little he is carred for by the busy people of his society, his mind and his emotions collapse–until they finally and sadly are confirmed at the end. Views Read Edit View history.

Newer Post Older Post Home. His earlier, youthful energy leaves him, and it becomes increasingly painful and difficult for him to swim on.

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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.

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.

Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned.