My Little Bit of Country
We all have that favorite place from our childhood where many of our happiest memories take place. For someone it is a special spot where something extraordinary happened. Other people might remember something as simple as their own tiny backyard where they used to play soccer in the summer holidays. This place remains important to us for the rest of our lives as we look back and think of it as a part of who we have become and therefore we hope that others will see and admire it the way that we do ourselves. For Susan Cheever, this special place is Central Park in New York City.
In this essay i will analyse and comment on Susan Cheever’s essay “My Little Bit of Country (2012)” with focus on the contrasts and the themes that are presented in the text.
In “My Little Bit of Country” Susan Cheever describes her childhood and upbringing in New York City and her memories of Central Park. Susan herself is the main character of the essay and every part of the story has its starting point in Central Park. The story is told chronological, starting with memories of her father who came home from World War II and took her to the Central Park Zoo. Unfortunately for Susan and her love for Central Park, her parents decided to move to the suburbs to, as she puts it, “a house with a white-picket fence”. Susan Cheever never wanted to move, and as soon as her parents let her take the train by herself, she took every opportunity she could to go back to the city and most of all to Central Park. Susan grew up, but Central Park kept on being a huge part of her life. She describes how she heard Andy Warhol say that it is best to live in the city, because here you could also find a little bit of country, and she couldn’t have said it better herself. Central Park had always been her “little bit of country”. In the end of the essay she writes about her own kids and how she “raised them in Central Park”. How she gave them a ride on the carousel instead of...
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