Cheever

A Life
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 27 hrs and 56 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

National Book Critics Circle Award, Biography, 2010

Here, for the first time, is the full and unforgettable life of John Cheever, written with unprecedented access to essential sources.

Cheever was a soul in conflict, a high-school dropout who published his first story at 18, a dire alcoholic who recovered to write the great novel Falconer, a secret bisexual who struggled with his longings and his fierce homophobia, whose groundbreaking work landed him on the covers of Time and Newsweek, a man who believed in the power of family love and sexual pleasure, a man whose desperate loneliness was never wholly offset by his faith in the joy of creation.

©2009 Blake Bailey (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"The most exquisite, compelling and heartbreaking life I've yet encountered. Blake Bailey doesn't merely write like an angel, he is an angel - he seamlessly resuscitates the past to make it live and breathe in the present, and he writes with all the power and authority of our finest novelists." (T.C. Boyle, author of The Women)

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What feast for Cheever enthusiasts!

A beautifully written,magnificently read chronicle of John Cheever's life and literary legacy.The authori is unflinching regarding Cheever's alcoholism,bisexuality, relationship with his wife and children and his friends and publishers;however he is compassionate and non-judgmental.The story is also very funny in parts. The author chronicles Cheever's alcoholism and also his final recovery .I had the feeling that the author loved his subject but was not blind to the many destructive issues in Cheever's remarkable life. I hated to come to the end of this book. I read Cheever's diary many years ago and must go back to it and the short stories.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A great biography - and a lot of painful revelations about Cheever. I was always a fan of his short stories - but this book goes into details about the pain of creation, and failure, and family life, too. It's too bad Cheever is not more widely read.

What other book might you compare Cheever to and why?

Updike is the natural pair for cheever. Same generation, slightly different feel.