Friday, 17 March 2000

John Cheever: The Wapshot Chronicle (1957)

Edition: Vintage, 1957
Review number: 455

It took me a long time to get into The Wapshot Chronicle, the supposedly hilarious story of the old family of the Wapshots in their New England small town. Most of it I found not interesting enough to be funny; if you want a story of eccentric small town life from this period, turn to George Albee's By the Sea, By the Sea.

There are occasional amusing paragraphs, but it is not until near the end when I realised that the section about Moses Wapshot's married life was a parody of Henry James that I began to enjoy it more.

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