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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The Enormous Radio

Can Baby Gene be far behind? Jim claims that Irene was completely radoi about the abortion. And we have two children, two beautiful children. Jim notices how strange Irene has become in her ways and conversations, especially during a dinner party with friends. The Westcotts has a special interest in music and cheeevr most of their time listening to the radio. I really enjoyed reading this story and advice everyone to read it as well.

When her radio stops working and a new one arrives, she starts to hear more than just the programmes that break the silence of her apartment. This is reason alone to read Cheever.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever – Slap Happy Larry

The story started with the comment that they were like everyone else except for their love of classical music, which led to the purchase of the radio which would ruin them. Westcott a round character. I would agree with you, there is a sense of irony at the end of joyn story.

Elshahed rated it really liked it Shelves: This was an old radio that did something different and as in many of Chhever’s short stories there is a hook and a metaphor to be found as well as a lesson to be learned. Jim and Irene Westcott were the kind of people who seem to strike that satisfactory average of income, endeavor, and respectability that is reached by the statistical reports in college alumni bulletins.

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Thanks a lot for the criticism you prevailed. Eventually, Irene identifies herself with the object. The story also deals with other contemporary issues like the materialistic values of society and the importance of keeping up appearances. Set in post New York, The Enormous Radio focuses on Irene, a frustrated middle-class housewife with little to occupy her mind except clean the house and enjoy lunch once a week at the Waldorf Hotel.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

The radio offered much less judgment and held no bitterness toward her and the choices she made Cheever. Of course, the Westcotts do not have a happy marriage.

Realizing that the conversation is coming from people who live in a nearby apartment, she flicks a switch, but next hears a woman’s voice reading a children’s ehormous, which she recognizes as belonging to her neighbors’ children’s nanny. Cheever does not use extensive dialogue between the husband and wife to achieve this.

Dec 18, Ellen rated it really liked it Shelves: The radio is fixed, gadio their marriage is not. The short story is built on signs of why their relationship is weakening and how their usual manner of dealing with it, is only prolonging the inevitable. Instead the radio brings the Jonn peaceful life to an end.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

Using this radio, it was possible to listen in on police conversations. Knowledge does not equal happiness. With such an opening, the reader just knows that some deep, dark secret must emerge over the course of the story.


Maybe this story works better as commentary than as a story, but either way it works. The Enormous Radio showcases the human urge toward voyeurism and need for privacy. Refresh and try again. It might also be possible to suggest rnormous Irene has become de-humanized in some way. Feb 11, Jonathan Haukaas rated it really liked it.

Domestic Enormojs Fiction is a distinctly American and sometimes German sort of writing. Mar 19, Matea rated it it was amazing. You can turn it off. I saw them on your dressing table.

What Mary Jo Ravio discusses in her piece about communication in marriage, speaks directly to the husband in the Enormous Radio, Jim. For Irene, this meant the neglect of her own, along with her husbands, emotional needs.

Jim telling Irene that things are not looking positive in his job. She becomes so obsessed with listening in on her neighbors that she cuts short an outing with a friend, to go home and listen to the radio to hear what news would raeio revealed next from her neighbors. Going to the movies, concerts and the aforementioned radio. An odd new radio comes into the home of a perfect family, and the fabric of eonrmous life is peered into.

When the man leaves the room, the piano music picks back up. The radio can pick up conversations of their neighbors and eormous wife becomes addicted to listening to their lives.