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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Home Before Dark
  • Susan Cheever
  • English
  • 09 March 2019
  • 0671028502

Home Before Dark➵ [Reading] ➷ Home Before Dark By Susan Cheever ➪ – Essayreview.co.uk In Home Before Dark, Susan Cheever, daughter of the famously talented writer John Cheever, uses previously unpublished letters, journals, and her own precious memories to create a candid and insightfu In Home Before Dark, Susan Cheever, daughter of the famously talented writer John Cheever, uses previously unpublished letters, journals, and her own precious memories to create a candid and insightful tribute to her father While producing some of the most beloved and celebrated American literature of this century, John Cheever wrestled with personal demons that deeply affected his family life as well as his career In this poignant memoir of Home Before PDF/EPUB or a man driven by boundless genius and ambition, Susan Cheever writes with heartwrenching honesty of family life with the father, the writer, and the remarkable man she loved.


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10 thoughts on “Home Before Dark

  1. says:

    Susan Cheever s 1984 biographical sketch of her father, Home Before Dark is a book I have readthan once, calling on it from time to time but particularly when I am in the midst of reading The Stories of John Cheever In fact, as much as I enjoy reading Cheever s short stories, Home Before Dark seems to enhance my appreciation of John Cheever Biographies come in many flavors but Susan Cheever s book strikes an excellent balance between an examination of a gifted writer and an expose by a Susan Cheever s 1984 biographical sketch of her father, Home Before Dark is a book I have readthan once, calling on it from time to time but particularly when I am in the midst of reading The Stories of John Cheever In fact, as much as I enjoy reading Cheever s short stories, Home Before Dark seems to enhance my appreciation of John Cheever Biographies come in many flavors but Susan Cheever s book strikes an excellent balance between an examination of a gifted writer and an expose by a member of John Cheever s own family who is herself a writer The biography is full of interesting details, some drawn from John Cheever s journals but many simply observations culled from a lifetime of personal experiences with the author as father writer in almost equal measure Among the stories within this book that I find particularly fetching is the one about a young John Cheever attempting to fit in with the young executives in the Manhattan apartment building where the family lived early on, with John dressing for success with the other men each morning but riding the elevator down to the basement of the apartment building, stripping down to his undershorts then setting up camp as it were near a boiler with a typewriter on a card table, while toiling away at his craft Then in the late afternoon, like a shift worker, the author would once again don suit tie and ride the elevator back up to his apartment Perhaps, in this fashion, Cheever conceived of material for his early short story, The Enormous Radio , set in just such a Manhattan building with the new but erratic radio broadcasting the constant squabbles many insufficiencies of his fellow apartment dwellers John Cheever may have been known as The Bard of Ossining but many of his early stories are similarly set in Manhattan he liked to share anecdotes stories about his intersections with E.E.Cummings, Wallace Shawn, Malcolm Cowley, John Updike others.With reference to Ossining the New York suburbs, Susan Cheever comments that in the 1950s, the suburbs of New York were a homogenous extended community held together by common interests children, sports, adultery lots of social drinking It was a time engendered by the winning of the war destroyed by the upheavals of the 1960s There is considerable detail about all of the listed common activities that apparently held the suburbanites of this era together, with the social drinking an endemic failing not just for the likes of John Cheever, in search of his next story, while cataloguing his neighbors longings uncertainties in the process Physically, John Cheever was a relatively small man but he always had a sense of style decorum, a quality that his daughter manages to capture and which John Cheever took pains to embed into his many stories The heavy drinking led to John Cheever s downfall but his eventual confrontation with this weakness led to his final period of authorial success, with the publication of Falconer and the collected short stories, both of which gained Cheever many awards, substantial wealth and the sort of recognition that he had long been in quest of What I enjoyed most is Susan Cheever s analysis of the several passions that drove sometimes almost consumed her father, traveling among them My father traveled because he could not stay at home, like Hammer in Bullet Park, to escape that existential dread for which the best antidote was his work Travel was always interesting the trips we took as a family were always fun because of the pleasure my father took in playing the role of the provider interpreter of experience But I think my father was also looking for somethingspiritual a confirmation of his own belief in the importance of transcendence the vitality of the soul Perhaps, he expected that some landscape encountered at the turn of the road high up in the mountains near Turkey, or some peasant s face as he stood in the fields watched the car go by, or some Italian princess floating through her drawing rooms, would provide a crucial moment of enlightenment for him a turn of the key This passage many others in Home Before Dark serve to capture with considerable sensitivity both a father a talented writer Late in life, John Cheever not only conquered his addiction to alcohol but also stopped smoking, having smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day for most of his adult life The author also ceased his dependency on Valium, Librium other mood enhancing drugs, while leaving the pills in the medicine cabinet Tucked into my copy of Home Before Dark I ve noticed a clipping from The New Yorker, dated December 23 30, 1996 in which Susan Cheever comments It s certainly true that my father s novels stories are redolent with romantic images of the perfect Martini and the ideal adultery but those stories are fiction images created by a man who never found either Anyone who reads my father s journals can see that his romanticism was a respite from despair, his humor grounded in debilitating pain.There are 16 pages of photographs of John Cheever his family, including several taken at Yaddo, the retreat for artists in Saratoga Springs, New York, a place the author savored where he spent quite a bit of time The 1st photo image within my review is of Susan Cheever, while the 2nd is of her father, John

  2. says:

    This is a biographical Memoir of the writer John Cheever by his daughter Susan The book was down to earth, painful at times in it s honesty and candor Susan Cheever writes about her life and her relationship with her father and in doing so we are treated to a portrait of this great artist all of it is here, the good, the bad and the ugly I read this book as a compliment to another biography on Cheever that I am reading and I found Susan s personal details added to the richness of John Chee This is a biographical Memoir of the writer John Cheever by his daughter Susan The book was down to earth, painful at times in it s honesty and candor Susan Cheever writes about her life and her relationship with her father and in doing so we are treated to a portrait of this great artist all of it is here, the good, the bad and the ugly I read this book as a compliment to another biography on Cheever that I am reading and I found Susan s personal details added to the richness of John Cheever s character By knowing him so well, it is easy to love him for what he was a brilliant, complicated man, a bi sexual alcoholic, whose personal demons raged throughout his life much at the expense of his family Though mainly known as a short story writer for the New Yorker, Cheever won almost every literary prize available including the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize It was not easy being the eldest child of such a disparate man In laying out her father s life so honestly, Susan Cheever is able to understand him and ultimately forgive him Families are complicated and the Cheever family was no exception, but Susan Cheever rises to the occasion and turns out a story of mutual respect by a daughter for her father I would definitely recommend this book for fans of John Cheever and anyone seeking to knowabout his life

  3. says:

    I couldn t possibly say why it s taken all these years for me to read Home Before Dark published in 1984, but now that I have, I eagerly look forward to reading Susan Cheever srecent books Home before dark is a rich memoir of a girl growing up with a famous father, but for me not so different than with any highly successful parent and the issues it raises As the author says, The secret to success is that it doesn t change anything, and there are the same painful relationships and famil I couldn t possibly say why it s taken all these years for me to read Home Before Dark published in 1984, but now that I have, I eagerly look forward to reading Susan Cheever srecent books Home before dark is a rich memoir of a girl growing up with a famous father, but for me not so different than with any highly successful parent and the issues it raises As the author says, The secret to success is that it doesn t change anything, and there are the same painful relationships and family secrets many children deal with What makes this book different is that her father WAS John Cheever, so that the gossip, events and cast of characters become particularly fascinating And the author has inherited her fathers talent Alternating between exquisitely written letters by her dad and pages of her own rich prose, the author is smart and funny and startling honest Home Before Dark is a joy to read

  4. says:

    I have been a John Cheever fan since I read his first novel I grew up in the midwest and in the south, met my husband when we were students at the University of Florida After he graduated we got married and lived in Texas where our children were born Reading John Cheever s narratives about New York, New England and the very different lives and pursuits of his characters was a glimpse into a world far different from mine We had four sons under the age of five We had friends but did not drink I have been a John Cheever fan since I read his first novel I grew up in the midwest and in the south, met my husband when we were students at the University of Florida After he graduated we got married and lived in Texas where our children were born Reading John Cheever s narratives about New York, New England and the very different lives and pursuits of his characters was a glimpse into a world far different from mine We had four sons under the age of five We had friends but did not drink martinis and look out on suburban laws as we gossiped and flirted with each other s spouses John Cheever not only created a world very different from mine but his language was witty and well crafted I loved his books His daughter Susan, also a writer, wrote this memoir shortly after his death in the 1980 s For me it was a time travel back to the world John Cheever created and a look inside the world he and and his family lived during that time I liked this book a lot Others may find it dated and of less interest, but Susan Cheever generously shares her memories of her gifted father through good times and bad

  5. says:

    This is a heartfelt, literary memoir of a father by his daughter I found the later half of the book particularly affecting and unputdownable I ve read several of Susan Cheever s books now the memoirs, not the purely nonfictional and this one is by far the most illuminating, moving and authentic This is very much a portrait of a literary life of John Cheever but it isintimate look than one would normally have, I think Cheever shows the reader that what was in the short stories of This is a heartfelt, literary memoir of a father by his daughter I found the later half of the book particularly affecting and unputdownable I ve read several of Susan Cheever s books now the memoirs, not the purely nonfictional and this one is by far the most illuminating, moving and authentic This is very much a portrait of a literary life of John Cheever but it isintimate look than one would normally have, I think Cheever shows the reader that what was in the short stories of John Cheever was also fully present in the man that was her father the full landscape of the human heart

  6. says:

    Found on a friend s shelf this summer in Maine, the book reminded me of why I like reading Cheever s stories A good sense of a difficult but transcendent writer

  7. says:

    Recommended by Mary Carr in The Art of Memoir

  8. says:

    The Cheevers were neighbors of ours, so I grew up in Cheever country We d see him on the road pushing his bike to the egg place on Teatown Road, and he even came to the house once But we knew himthrough his writing which I always revered, and still do and all of the subsequent scandal and revelations by himself and others I loved this book, and felt that Susan Cheever threaded a very fine needle She clearly loved and adored her father, a complicated thing surely for the child of The Cheevers were neighbors of ours, so I grew up in Cheever country We d see him on the road pushing his bike to the egg place on Teatown Road, and he even came to the house once But we knew himthrough his writing which I always revered, and still do and all of the subsequent scandal and revelations by himself and others I loved this book, and felt that Susan Cheever threaded a very fine needle She clearly loved and adored her father, a complicated thing surely for the child of an alcoholic who is so at war with his own sexuality, so hidden and cloaked and talented But she manages to paint a portrait that is intimate without being or at any rate revealing a personal axe to grind It s a beautiful book, really, about my childhood and childhood haunts, about a man who so captured the time and place of my early years, and about a man who had a unique literary voice and vision

  9. says:

    No writer could ask for a better biography from a child This is a very compassionate, kind, loving and gentle telling of a father s story, including his failings such as bisexuality, alcoholism and adultery The book is full of touching memories The last chapter on the dying of her father is very compassionate and moving It brought tears to my eyes When the people die, the living often wish they had done something different and they are filled with regret Mary, John s wife, regretted going No writer could ask for a better biography from a child This is a very compassionate, kind, loving and gentle telling of a father s story, including his failings such as bisexuality, alcoholism and adultery The book is full of touching memories The last chapter on the dying of her father is very compassionate and moving It brought tears to my eyes When the people die, the living often wish they had done something different and they are filled with regret Mary, John s wife, regretted going out to get the mail and lingering to look at her garden When she came back, she found John on the floor with a broken leg He died a few days later My mother always regretted the last words she spoke in anger to my father the day he died

  10. says:

    This book took me forever to read, partly because I read it in fits and starts while reading other books and magazines and being too busy with other things to read much as well , but partly because it just didn t hold my interest I picked it up in a used book exchange, and, needing to read a biography for the 2016 Read Harder Challenge, read it despite never reading any of John Cheever s works nor knowing anything about his life It did appeal to me since it was written by his daughter, and, a This book took me forever to read, partly because I read it in fits and starts while reading other books and magazines and being too busy with other things to read much as well , but partly because it just didn t hold my interest I picked it up in a used book exchange, and, needing to read a biography for the 2016 Read Harder Challenge, read it despite never reading any of John Cheever s works nor knowing anything about his life It did appeal to me since it was written by his daughter, and, as I also had an accomplished father, this aspect of the book spoke to me, but overall I found myself often bored with it I am sure it has much meaning to those who admired Cheever or who knew the family, but being outside that circle, I found it less engaging than most of what I read

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