“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 ยท July 18, P. The New Yorker, July 18, P. On a midsummer Sunday Ned and Lucinda Merril, & Donald.

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This article needs additional citations for verification. The story is intriguing as we are left clueless till almost the middle.

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June 29, at Despite the ever-present afternoon light, it becomes unclear how much time has passed. He will never be a swimmer again. Retrieved from ” https: It was later collected in The Stories of John Cheever. Old acquaintances encountered by Neddy mention misfortune and money troubles which he does not remember hearing about, and he is patently unwelcome at several houses belonging to owners of a lower social class.

At the beginning of the story it was clearly mid-summer, but by the end all natural signs point to the season’s being autumn. Originally conceived as a novel and pared down from over pages of notes, it is probably Cheever’s most famous and frequently anthologized story.

What ails Neddy Merrill? The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a mid-summer’s day. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. In “The Swimmer” was adapted into a film of the same namestarring Burt Lancaster. In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks.

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In the early stops on his journey, he is enthusiastically greeted by friends, who welcome him with drinks. The story begins with Swimner Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a warm midsummer day. There is a feeling of a more act- ive version of “Silent Snow, Sec- cret Snow.

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Different 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. 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.

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

The Swimmer by John Cheever โ€“ into a suburban darkness

Finally, he staggers back home, only to find his house decrepit, empty, and abandoned. Halloran when she commiserates on mohn misfortune of having had to sell his house.

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Midway through his journey, things gradually take on a darker and ultimately surreal tone. On a whim, Neddy decides to cheeveg 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Yext and Privacy Policy. To photocopy and distribute this selection for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center.

This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat There is cheeved course an authorial comment on human obduracy which is generally susceptible to common sense preceding an actual hint from Mrs.

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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. John Cheever โ€” From John Cheever: On a whim, Rext decides to get home by swimming across all the pools in the county, which he names “The Lucinda River” in honor of his wife, and starts off enthusiastically and full of youthful energy.

The suspense is sustained very carefully till the end.

At the beginning of the story it was clearly midsummer, but eventually all natural signs point to the season being autumn. The story is sad and evokes sympathy for Neddy.

His earlier, youthful energy gradually declines, and it becomes increasingly painful and difficult for him to swim on. Plot The story begins with Neddy Merrill lounging at a friend’s pool on a mid-summer’s day.

The Swimmer (short story)

In”The Swimmer” was adapted into a film with the tye namestarring Burt Lancaster. Neddy completes his pledge by finishing the cross country swim and an exhausted Neddy reaches and finds it empty, dark and locked. As for as the other possibilities are concerned, his misfortune could have caused it and left his mind unhinged. It is readily apparent that he is well-regarded, and has an upper-class or upper-middle-class social standing.

Despite everything’s taking place during just one afternoon, it becomes unclear how much time has passed.