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. In The Enormous Radio by John Cheever we have the theme of privacy, secrecy, obsession, doubt, change and control. Set in an apartment.

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When their radio breaks down, Jim orders a new one, but when it arrives Irene is shocked at its complete and utter ugliness.

It is also noticeable that Cheever is using symbolism in the story, the radio itself. I guess I’m just not a classics sort of reader, there was only one story I liked, and I had to read almost 30 pages of this “short” story before I found that I finally got the story enirmous enjoyed it.

Brett October 24, 1: In this same manner, although they are married, Jim and Irene ironically rely on the radio for not only entertainment, but also companionship, the very same companionship they wed for. Please don’ let anything happen to Sally!

There is nothing else at all magical in the story, with its recognisable setting and fairly ordinary characters. However if the reader considers the radio itself to be an over-powering force, similar to a country that might force itself upon another country, it could be suggested that the radio like a colonizing country has a negative effect or has the potential to have a negative effect on the individual.


With such an opening, the reader just knows that some deep, dark secret must emerge over the course of the story. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. So it must be me.

The Enormous Radio

Cheever says rradio about his class by pointing out that neither of the Westcotts know anything about the mechanics of a radio. The wife becomes transfixed on the lives of others. Just checked out your post.

The radio can pick up conversations of their neighbors and the wife becomes addicted to listening to johhn lives. Jul 09, Lizzie rated it liked it Shelves: A couple obtains an odd radio that allows them to listen to the lives of their neighbors. I saw them on your dressing table. John Cheever’s story shows our thirst to know other people’s intimacies and how that desire has both good and bad consequences.

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racio What Mary Jo Peterson discusses in her piece about communication in marriage, speaks directly to the husband in the Enormous Radio, Jim. He chooses to believe that if they simply turn off the radio, this problem will disperse.

First of all, I can’t tell whether it’s wonderful or a shame that its writing predates the ubiquity of television, which as we now know would obviously make an even more apt device for this plot. The old rasio breaks down.

She has gone from a pleasant, rather plain woman, to a woman who doubts who she is and doubts her relationship with her husband Jim. Alan Lloyd Smith also identifies Domestic Gothic as [3] intimately bound up with the idea of the house, gender, and family, which becomes through metaphor, a way of externalizing the inner life of fictional characters.


Currently you have JavaScript disabled. I am glad I read this for many reasons, one because it shows human nature in its raw element and that one can try to understand life and live life better but iohn I wanted to read this and it is in a collection of short stories by John Cheever. Dermot Post Author October 24, The other notable thing about money is that it is all earned by the husband, who gives his wife an allowance.

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

It will make you think about your own life This short story resembles another short story by the same author The Swimmer in which the protagonist sees his own life go by in a flash — a life spent in meaningless parties and left in ruins. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. Not only does this suggest a heightened privacy within Irene but it also delves into the theme of secrecy and obsession.

When their radio goes out, the husband purchases a new, jobn, highly sensitive new one. All of his stories are unique. Nov 26, Bill S.