Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Seasonal sadness …

… The Late-Summer Melancholy of 'The Swimmer': (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

If you appreciate this feeling, as I do, there is no better work of fiction than “The Swimmer,” John Cheever’s 1964 story, which teems with the languid sadness of summer’s final act. The shift between the promise of freedom and an awareness of the coming cold happens so smoothly, so quickly in the story that I am somehow astounded each time I read it.

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