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Bullet Park - John Cheever

As I had no real interest in the flummery and pageantry of the extended bank holiday (but thanks for the extra day off n' that) I was dividing my time between gardening, general pottering and quality reading time.

Bullet Park was first published in 1969. A lot of Cheevers work is based around the 'suburban condition' of the affluent post war decades that a lot of the United States enjoyed during the 50's and 60's. The commuter families that had the car, the kids, the home, the dog, the lawn and after a few years of this utopia also had a sense of "Is this it?" regarding this white picket fence world. Cheever chronicles what happens in these perfect homes when the front doors close. The alcoholism, the depression felt by many, and the empty lives of people who to the outside world look as if they've "made it". If any of you have seen the first few series of Mad Men and can remember the storylines of the character Betty Draper played excellently by January Jones then you will have an idea of what Cheever is getting at in Bullet Park.

A short but excellent read. There is an opinion that JC's stuff is similar to Richard Yates classic 'Revolutionary Road'. The themes are the same but I personally prefer Cheevers snappier style and register.
Late Doors

Thanks, never heard of him before, sounds interesting

white picket fence world. ? What's that mean ? think i've got the jist, Sounds a bit Stepford Wivesey, without the Sci Fi
Grind

They weren't allowed black picket fences back then.
Plastic Man

Grind wrote:
They weren't allowed black picket fences back then.


If Mrs Thatch had had her way, we wouldn't have a picket, no matter what colour.
bearing

They don't have white picket fences nowadays, it's all electric gates.
Forest

If you picket it will never get better
Dock

Worst dressed band ever!

Plastic Man

This is the original video that was recorded in my local pub at the time (circa 1983), the Red Lion and Pineapple in Acton.

The lounge bar had a tree growing up through the ceiling.

Grind

Plastic Acton Man?

Heh, heh.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Thanks, never heard of him before, sounds interesting

white picket fence world. ? What's that mean ? think i've got the jist, Sounds a bit Stepford Wivesey, without the Sci Fi


Check the 'Symbolism' heading on this link LD:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picket_fence
Grind

We have a picket fence.

What are you looking at, Fuck?

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