Reunion- A Short Story Review


Author’s Name: John Cheever

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This is undoubtely one of the strongest short story I’ve read, the definition of clarity and brevity. It’s somewhere around 1000 words long. I was so lost in the scene it portrayed that I didn’t even realize that I have reached the end. 

The story is told in first person from the point of view of a son, Charlie, who’s meeting his father after three years. He describes his father behaved abominably with everyone as they move from restaurant to restaurant. With his boorish behavior, he rejects(and gets rejected) by those waiters and managers. Till the end, the father clings to his rude behavior, while Charlie tells goodbye.

The best thing about the story for me was the fact that Charlie only expressed his excitement in the beginning. There was no other reaction throughout the story to his disappointment as he recounts the last time he saw his father.  But without even uttering a word about his reaction, the ending conveyed clearly how disillusioned he felt after meeting his father, how the excitement turned to a pity.

A fabulous story which leaves one with deep thoughts.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. heath109109
    Mar 02, 2014 @ 19:22:22

    do you know if I can post my short story as a blog? I would be grateful for your feadback, thanks Heather


    • parichitasingh
      Mar 03, 2014 @ 12:01:27

      I don’t see why not. I know many writers who write short stories on their blog.

      You can create a separate drop-down menu for it or something.

      But please be note that most of the magazines consider the blog-posted-stories as already published which means they might not be accepted by magazines.


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