My Little Bit of Country
”My Little Bit of Country” is an essay from 2012, written by Susan Cheever. The main character is Susan Cheever herself and her life is descripted from she was a child until she got kids of her own, who grew up and became adults. The story mainly takes place in New York, while it illustrates how the big city life is to prefer compared to the life in the suburbs. One of the consequences caused by the industrialization in western society is how most people now live in the cities, where they in the past lived at the country. We must assume that Susan Cheever is happy about this development, but is that the general opinion? As mentioned in the introduction, the story takes place in New York. The story starts with the protagonists’ first memory, where she remembers her father coming home after fighting World War second. Furthermore I must assume that it ends in the present time, which means that we have a timeline from the mid forty’s till 2012, chronological told. The narrator is a 1st person narrator with access to her own mind only, consequently it isn’t an omniscient narrator. The style of the text is very fresh and kind of draws the reader’s attention towards the universe of Susan Cheever. She uses a lot of adjectives and metaphors which makes the reading very living; an example of this is to be found on page 10, lines 278-283: “One night the surface of the water heaved and buckled, and a turtle as big as a small car, a mossy prehistoric apparition in the middle of the city, inhaled the biggest chunk…” The way she writes, gives the reading of the text a rhythm that makes it hard not to finish the story. The way Susan Cheever describes herself and the life she is living; I get the impression that she is a woman of habits. Sure she loves Central Park, but isn’t it kind of boring living the same place all your life, when you have the opportunity to go somewhere else and get new experiences? She is described as being very independent,...
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