Allon White, 2 September 1982
Show More Oh what a paradise it seems by John Cheever.
Cape, 99 pp., £5.50, July 1982, 0 224 02930 4Show More
Collected Short Stories by John Cheever.
Penguin, 704 pp., £4.95, March 1982, 0 14 005575 4Show More
So long a Letter by Mariama Bâ, translated by Modupé Bodé-Thomas.
Virago, £5.50, August 1982, 0 86068 295 1Show More
A joke goes a long way in the country by Alannah Hopkin.
Hamish Hamilton, 157 pp., £7.95, July 1982, 0 241 10798 9Show More
“... One time in four, and usually to everyone’s surprise, John Cheever’s heroes spring a wry and furtive victory over disappointment. Cheever is irresistible in describing those delicious moments of triumph when a dogged loser suddenly strikes a home run – like Farragut’s escape from the penitentiary at the end of Falconer. Cheever’s fiction is full of the kind of episode in which the amiably incompetent warm our hearts with an unexpected success, and Oh what a paradise it seems is no exception ...”