The Treatment and The Cure by Peter Kocan

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May 1984, no. 60
Nancy Keesing reviews 'The Treatment' and 'The Cure' by Peter Kocan

The Treatment and The Cure

by Peter Kocan

First published as separate, Sirius, 1984. London: Sydney: Angus and Robinson 1980 and 1983, $7.95

The Treatment and The Cure by Peter Kocan

Reviewed by
May 1984, no. 60

I would not lightly mention any writer of fiction in the same breath as John Cheever, who was one of the most remarkable and enjoyable storytellers of our times. I can’t better this short comment which says it all: ‘The Cheever corpus is magical – a mood, a vision, a tingle, all quite unexplainably achieved.’ That is from Newsweek and graces the front cover of The Stories of John Cheever (King Penguin).

I do mention Peter Kocan in the same breath, not to make comparisons with the incomparable, but because Kocan’s novels so strongly remind me of that Newsweek opinion: ‘a mood, a vision, a tingle, and all quite unexplainably achieved’.

How Peter Kocan achieves the stunning, but subtle impact of these two novels, now printed in one volume, I cannot explain. It is tempting to end this article here and now with: ‘Read them for yourself.’

Nancy Keesing reviews 'The Treatment' and 'The Cure' by Peter Kocan

The Treatment and The Cure

by Peter Kocan

First published as separate, Sirius, 1984. London: Sydney: Angus and Robinson 1980 and 1983, $7.95

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