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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Every ceever moment she has is spent reveling in the juicy details of chfever apartment building:. I am almost sure that, funnily enough, I have heard this story before on the radio. I didn’t even really like his writing style, regardless of the story topic. Irene Westcott — This couple has aspirations of being slightly more upper-class than they are. No longer is she interested in listening to classical music on the radio, her main focus or obsession is on listening to her neighbours.

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 story, which she recognizes as belonging to her neighbors’ children’s nanny. Finally, Irene realizes what most users of social media should realize: When her radio stops working and a new one arrives, she starts to hear more than just the programmes that break the fadio of her apartment.

Sorry to be on my soapbox. The Gumwood cabinet is “dark” and does not fit in with the living room furnishings and colors that Irene had personally chosen. Just checked out your post. Set in an apartment building in wnormous New York the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed, omniscient narrator and has a suspenseful mood. I would agree with you, there is a sense of enormius at the end of the story.


The Enormous Radio

She no longer is the plain, ordinary, middle class woman that the narrator describes at the beginning of the story. Unbeknownst to Jim, the reaction he thought she would have after the procedure was coming in a different form, in the form of isolation and addiction Cheever. In other words, the denouement is one single paragraph.

Taking the entire story together, Cheever may be commenting on the power of the radio to connect us with human stories which we can connect to and care about.

The metaphysics of all narratives; more alarming than an asteroid hitting the earth. Goodreads helps you keep track enofmous books you want to read.

Even the most average and ordinary-seeming people harbour darkness and secrets. The humor of Mark Twain The story features a classic voyeur plot: Apr 06, classic reverie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Eventually, the radio is fixed.

The depth mainly seems to come from its prescience. One of my favorite short stories ever. Throughout the story he has dealt with his own problems in the same manner, finding different sources of entertainment to avoid verbal exchanges, replying with short and abrupt answers when his wife is looking for assurance and spending a large sum of money to maintain their silent relationship.

She tries to get the music back by flipping switches and dials, but begins to hear the sounds of people from other apartments in the building.


Fun and intiguing story which shows how seemingly perfect existance is far more complex and tragic from those that are visibly disfunctional. From the first time the radio turned on it began hurting and destroying things. The story is set in a Manhattan apartment and revolves around Irene and Jim Westcott, an ordinary middle-aged couple whose only specialty is their interest in music.

The reader must be gently introduced to the idea of a bit of magic in an otherwise realistic setting, just as the characters must. Eventuall My first Cheever story is said to be his best.

John Cheever: “The Enormous Radio” – The Mookse and the Gripes

Once again Old Time Radio directs my reading by interesting me in something I heard! 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. Observations on Intimacy at a Distance. But the narrator in this story is independent and unseen.

More signs of this are given when the book speaks of how they spend their leisure time. I especially liked “Torch Song,” “Of Love: Throughout the story she is fixated or obsessed by the radio.