Writing Techniques in Falconer

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Although written in his familiar prose style, Falconer is uncharacteristic of Cheever in relation to both tone and diction. The novel is laced throughout with obscene and profane language as well as realistic narrative detailing with graphic accuracy both life and death in Falconer Prison. Cheever dissects his characters with antiseptic clarity, gracing their lives with moments of lyrical brilliance while vividly depicting the unmeasured price of imprisonment.

Most descriptive, and consequently shocking to numerous readers, was Cheever's treatment of homosexuality and sexual pervasiveness within the novel. Although much of his previous work ranged in context from sexual innuendo to unequivocal passion, never before had Cheever presented the subject with such raw objectivity.

As a result, his ability to transcribe the sexual fantasies realized by men in prison was at once the novel's most controversial element and greatest artistic achievement.

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Falconer from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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