Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

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Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories are Ebook ‘It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we're talking about when we talk about love.’Life has a way of breaking even the strongest of hearts, of dashing families, friendships and lovers against the cold rocks of reality, leaving hopes and dreams to drown beneath the waves of approaching days.Through his short life—the chord of life severed by his own vices—Raymond Carver (May 25, 1938 – August 2, 1988) created a body of work that dives into the wreckage of such lives to bring their stories back to the surface, giving a voice to the red-rimmed eyes of divorce and the hollow cavities of loneliness, addiction and remorse. These voices sing out in sweet simplicity; stories pared down to the bones of reality without need of any slick mechanics, fantastical ingredients, or even, on occasion, any concrete plotlines, to deliver a walloping punch to the readers gut and soul.Through a style forged in the flames of his tutelage under John Gardner and the controversial editing of Gordon Lish, Carver gives only the bare necessities of story in a deceptively small package permeated with an infinitude of universal messages about life and love while giving voice to a lower-to-middle class being strangled by finance, booze, love, and their own undoings. Raymond Carver lived a life not unlike many of his own characters—the over-educated sorts working blue collar jobs and returning home to a spiraling hell of alcohol and matrimonial disquiet. Coming from a poverty stricken family, Carver grew up with books being a small but important comfort in his life. Marrying 16-year old Maryann Burk when he himself was 19, and bearing their first child a year later, the family spent years criss-crossing the country as Ray enrolled in creative writing courses and worked in sawmills, as a delivery man and janitor (many stories in Carver’s first collection, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, were written during his night janitorial shifts at a hospital) while his wife waited tables to help support his literary aspirations. The struggles and strife of a working family are illuminated all throughout his stories, and carry with them the deep-felt understanding of someone who has truly witnessed the ugly underbelly of existence. Carver breathes life into his characters with voice and action devoid of artifice or affectation, making them feel so realistic that they often take space in memory as if they were someone you had the misfortune of being stuck conversing with on a late night bus or barstool. ‘That's all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.’What truly sets Carver apart is his signature simplistic delivery, often labeled ‘minimalism’ compared to authors such as Ernest Hemingway¹. Prescribing the notion of ‘show, don’t tell’, these stories fructify fantastically without much need of plot to take root in or description to germinate meaning, leaving ample opportunity for the reader to deduce motives and context as seeds in their own mind. While these stories may initially seem like nearly empty, four-wall cell of realism, with just enough lamplight to find their way about, anything additional would feel as bloated adornment or decorative furniture when all is needed is a quiet place to ponder and reflect. Even the beating heart of each story remains relatively hidden from sight, visualized through the spaces left by its absence or seen in quick, shadowy flashed lurking among the forest of words. Similar to the suitcase in the film Pulp Fiction, everything revolves around something that the characters understand and hold like a thorn in the hearts, yet we the readers are left in camera angles carefully placed as to obscure the contents inside.The story ‘Why Don’t You Dance’ is a prime example of Carver’s seeming magic making, in which a man has reassembled the layout of his home in the front yard.In the kitchen, he poured another drink and looked at the bedroom suite in his front yard. The mattress was stripped and the candy-striped sheets lay beside two pillows on the chiffonier. Except for that, things looked much the way they had in the bedroom – nightstand and reading lamp on his side of the bed, nightstand and reading lamp on her side.His side, her side.He considered this as he sipped the whiskey.So much is said without having to draw attention to it. Especially after an offhanded comment by the man, sitting out getting drunk and selling his stuff to a young couple about to start their first place together, that the neighbors ‘thought they had seen everything by now,’ it can be inferred that there was a breakdown of marriage, but the details are nowhere to be found. Stories like this take hold on a reader through the hospitality of welcoming them into being an active participant and letting their imagination take Carver’s by the waist and go dancing through his pages. Another impressive technique he often applies is to frame a smaller story within a larger story, such as in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love or Where I’m Calling From (the latter included in a Best Stories of American fiction edited by John Updike). The internal stories are told by characters of the external story as a sort of juxtaposition on way to make sense of the world around them. Neither the internal or external are fleshed out, but by pulling the subtly tied strings binding them together a potent portrait of life and love is created. It is his light touch and subtlety that makes for such a powerful and unforgettable read though so much is unsaid and unaccessed. ’The final lines of Why Don’t You Dance perfectly summarize the Carver experience:She kept talking, She told everyone. There was more to it, and she was trying to get it talked out. After a time, she quit trying.The girl tells everyone she knows about the events hoping to find something inside, something she knows is in there but can’t quite reach. Resolution or emotional epiphany is not always present in the final lines, much like in reality. You often come away feeling vague sadness and a carrying a weight pregnant with meaning that you can’t quite access but understand all the same.‘No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put at just the right place.-Isaac BabelDespite purgatorial settings of life surrounded by crumbling manors of marriage and drowning pools of booze, Carver’s stories aren’t aiming to sink the reader in pit of despair but to capture a bittersweet solace as the characters find a new meaning and perspective caught in a fleeting glimpse during their darker hours. There are incredibly beautiful moments that flower all around, and Carver has the ability to kill with a solitary line or observation. Distance, my personal favorite, features a young man leave his wife and sick child to go fishing, despite her vitriolic pleas against this.Driving, the boy looked out at the stars and was moved when he considered their distance.Such a simple observation at a key moment cracks open the floodgates of interpretation and causes the reader to look at humanity in a new light as well—how sad and strange the distance between human beings, even the ones who love each other dearly. Or take the closing moments of Cathedral, a staple on the college literature degree diet, when a man closes his eyes, allows the hand of a blind man to wrap around his own, and draws a cathedral by feel so the other can ‘see’ the metaphysical power of the structure. Both men are opened to a new understanding, yet it is the man that can see that feels a power so strong, yet one he cannot fully comprehend. Even the death of a child, as in A Small, Good Thing, one of those stories that reads as ‘literature with a capital L’ and makes me want to stand before a classroom and shout ‘this is how you write, this is what a short story is all about,’ is brought to it’s knees by a simple act of humanity by a lonely baker.Subtlety is the key to the power of each story. Carver delivers such angles as to completely mesmerize and pulls the emotional punch as if he were a magician making doves appear out of thin air. Distance is a story centered around a moment of reconciliation and happiness between a young couple, being told by the man in the present before he stands to gaze solemnly out the window.But he stays by the window, remembering that life. They had laughed. They had leaned on each other and laughed until the tears had come, while everything else—the cold and where he’d go in it—was outside, for a while anyways.Carver breaks my heart. Without warning, we are reminded that relationships—even the ones doomed to nightmarish shouting matches under a torrential downpour of tears before severing the limbs of love—have their tender moments. That broken love was once love. That we are all human, all have needs, feelings, and hope, and that we succumb to pain, to vice, to selfishness and self-loathing. The human heart is what beats on each page. Carver delivers pure and true slices of life, where right and wrong are extraneous moralizing in a discussion on human nature. ‘There is no answer. It's okay. But even if it wasn't okay, what am I supposed to do?’ These are the moments in life that shape us forever, and though we may not understand what to do, we have to always keep on moving or perish.The style that Carver has become known and loved—or even hated, seeing as we live in a world where almost everything must inevitably come under the knife of detractors²has an interesting story of development. As evinced in his collection Beginners, containing early versions of the stories that saw the light of day in the re-titled collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Carver was much more wordy and descriptive in his drafts than the Carver typically read. His first published story, Furious Seasons, has been stylistically compared to that of William Faulkner, yet Carver is known for minimalism. While enrolled in John Gardner’s writing courses, Gardner recommended to use fifteen words in place of anything said in twenty five, and Gordon Lish would later advise reducing anything said in fifteen words to a mere five. Lish’s editing of Carver for publication is a highly discussed and controversial topic³, as many stories were edited down by nearly half and arrived on the other side of Lish with major scenes (particularly scenes of emotional closure) removed. This is a discussion better suited for an upcoming review of Beginners, however, it is the sparse and sharp style of Carver that really grabs me. His later stories, especially those under the ‘New Stories’ section of Where I’m Calling From are slightly beefier and lengthier and proceed towards more of a conclusive feel than the earlier ones. Before knowing any of this, I had remarked that Carver’s stories felt like perfect classroom examples of what makes a good short story, and perhaps it is because so much was removed as to leave much open to interpretation, and much of this may be attributed to Lish's keen insight into knowing exactly what is necessary and what is, while still great—I'm sure to a writer each blessed word and mark of punctuation is like a child born from their blood and having someone else feel some are disposible—possibly extraneous in a story that could be made into a lean and deadly beast of literary perfection. Regardless of any opinions on the editing, the style of these stories is outright perfection (and, personally, I find Lish to be the White Knight of the editing pen). They are a stealthy knife through the ribs rather than a walloping punch to the face, and the vagueness is what keeps them haunting your mind like a ghost for days to come.These are stories that really spoke to me, arriving seemingly as if just at the right time to properly ensnare my heart during a brutally snowy winter following a season of dismantling in my own life. It is stories like these that seem more like gifts of consolation from the world than a mere collection of pages between two covers, and the musing and soul searching perfectly combined with my own as I found out what it really was in life that mattered and the people I really wanted to spend it with. Having recently suffered the scars of divorce, many of the depravities and pain found in the stories of aborted loves spoke to me on a deep level. These stories should be court-ordered to anyone filing for divorce. Carver perfectly frames life in his fiction and each story rings true in the heart, since reading these I've often found moments where I think 'I wish Carver wrote this moment'. He captures the very basic human emotion and deftly details the hard moments we all feel at one time or another. These stories are the floor dropping out from under you, the moments when you realized the dream has ended, the realization that love has been lost, the blind eye towards your own undoings or the inability to accept your own addictions. Carver champions human nature in a crisp and clean style delivered with perfect nuance and subtlety and builds vast visions of understanding, realization and reflection. Carver is the writer for me, these are stories I hold dear in my heart and have changed me forever as a reader. These stories remind me why I fell in love with life and literature in the first place.5/5‘certain things around us will change, become easier or harder, one thing or the other, but nothing will ever really be any different. I believe that. We have made our decisions, our lives have been set in motion, and they will go on and on until they stop. But if that is true, then what?’¹In the essay Fires, from the collection bearing the same name, Carver admits to having grown up being a fan of Hemingway and notes that Gardner advised him to ‘Read all the Faulkner you can get your hands on, and then read all of Hemingway to clean the Faulkner out of your system’. Carver, however, declines to consider either author as a particular influence, but only as authors that helped spur his desire to write. Interestingly enough, Carver’s pre-Lish work (or manuscripts before reaching Lish), are often compared to Faulkner, whereas the final products that reached publication are compared to Hemingway. But that is a discussion for another day (and forthcoming [maybe] review of Beginners).²I have read a few accounts of critics rallying against what they considered a glorification of domestic violence and alcoholism, more so than that of his style. Though, like any notable author, many Carver imitators did arise (I can’t quite place the reference, but I recall a poem(?) mentioning repulsion towards the dime-a-dozen Carver knock-offs littering the poets literary circle. I do not believe Carver was attempting to glorify or make light of domestic issues, but to give a voice to these moments as they are grim aspects of life.³ Stephen King wrote an article for the New York Times taking a firm stance against Lish’s editing, portraying Carver as a people-pleaser weakened by alcoholism being pushed around by a tyrannical Lish with his ‘meat cleaver’ editing. . By the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the greatest practitioners of the American short story, a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted it in the imaginations of thousands of readers Where I m Calling From , his last collection, encompasses classic stories from Cathedral , What We Talk About When We TBy the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the greatest practitioners of the American short story, a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted it in the imaginations of thousands of readers Where I m Calling From , his last collection, encompasses classic stories from Cathedral , What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and earlier Carver volumes, along with seven new works previosly unpublished in book form Together, these 37 stories give us a superb overview of Carver s life work and show us why he was so widely imitated but never equaled.. Good Ebook Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories The typical profile of an American adult reader of literature is a college-educated professional making a decent salary in a choice environment such as the publishing industry, law office, consulting firm or college or university. But how about the other America, populated by men and women worlds away from ever reading literary works, men and women living in the raw-boned land of work boots, crap jobs, hard liquor, chain smokes, trailer camps, hollering from foul mouths and breakdowns from beat-up cars? Well, welcome to Carver country. There are 37 stories in this Raymond Carver collection. As way of providing a taste of what the reader unfamiliar with the author might expect, here is a short write-up on four stories, each story vintage Raymond Carver:They're Not Your Husband - Earl is a salesman `between jobs'. Earl goes to the diner where his wife Doreen works as a waitress on the night shift. He overhears two men at the counter make less than flattering remarks about his wife's overly large posterior. Then, when Doreen leans over to scoop out ice cream, we read: "The white skirt yanked against her hips and crawled up her legs. What showed was girdle, and it was pink, thighs that were rumpled and gray and a little hairy, and veins that spread in a berserk display. The two men sitting beside Early exchanged looks." The next morning Earl asks Doreen to go on a diet and lose a few pounds. Doreen agrees and Earl buys a scale and, with paper and pencil in hand, keeps close track when Doreen steps on the scale. Doreen has minimal success initially but then loses nearly 20 pounds over the next few weeks. At this point Earl returns to the dinner but what happens as he sits at the counter does not fit in with his plans of redemption. Ah, to have a wife other men find attractive and desirable!Fat - A fat man sits alone at a restaurant table for his evening meal. He is so fat he would qualify for what we 21st century readers would term `morbidly obese'. Unlike everyone else working at the restaurant, the cook, the busboy, the other waitresses, the narrator of the story who waits on his table is touched by the fat man's humanity. And the more trips to his table, the greater her compassion and understanding. We feel a kind of kinship with the narrator as she tells the story and speaks of the fat man's fat fingers, his puffing as he sits at the table, his referring to himself as `we'. And when she is in bed that night with her boyfriend, we are given the sense that she is at the beginning of a life transformation as a result of her contact with the fat man.Neighbors - Bookkeeper Bill and secretary Arlene feel isolated and see themselves as stick-in-the-muds compared to frequent flyer, on-the-go salesman Jim and wife Harriet. Jim and Harriet go away on one of their many trips and, as per usual, leave their apartment key with their across-the-hall neighbors so Bill and Arlene can feed the cat and water the plants. Reasonable request; the courtesy and community of neighbors. However, this time across-the-hall neighbors Bill and Arlene break routine, their envy and jealousy runneth over. First time in the apartment, Bill raids the medicine chest and pockets Harriet's pills and then moves to the living room and helps himself to a couple of good swigs of Jim's Scotch. Next time in, Bill commits even more extreme invasions of privacy. And then Arlene takes her turn invading privacy, an invasion leading to ,ooh, a naughty discovery. The story ends with an unexpected twist, leaving the reader with no doubts as to the depth of the couple's alienation and sadness.Vitamins - The narrator waxes floors during the night at the local hospital and lives with out-of-work Patti who, in her quest for self-respect via employment, resorts to selling vitamins door-to-door. After her initial success, Patti is promoted, given a crew of girls to oversee and an office in the local mall. But vitamins takes over Patti's life and she hates it, telling the narrator she even dreams of pitching vitamins to customers. Shella, one of the vitamin salesgirls loves Patti. Shella gets drunk and passes out at Patti's Christmas party. The next morning an injured Shella wants Patti to drive her to the hospital but the narrator won't let Shella wake up Patti. A cursing Shella walks out, never to be seen again. The story continues and we as readers are given a clear view of a world where the quest for love is never a happy one and people fall back into listening to their favorite sentimental music and hard drinking, lots of hard drinking, with dreams of escape to such places as Portland or Arizona. In Carver country what people are really trying to escape from is their own lives. The author captures their humanity and their despair in telling detail.
Where I m Calling From Selected Stories Carver, Raymond Where I m Calling From, his last collection, encompasses classic stories from Cathedral, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, and earlier Carver volumes, along with seven new works previously unpublished in book form Together, these stories give us a superb overview of Carver s life work and show us why he was so widely imitated but never equaled. Where I m Calling From New and Selected Stories by May , Where I m Calling From , his last collection, encompasses classic stories from Cathedral , What We Talk About When We T Where I m Calling From , his last collection, encompasses classic stories from Cathedral , What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and earlier Carver volumes, along with seven new works previosly unpublished in book form. Where I m Calling From Where I m Calling From Summary eNotes Where I m Calling From is Carver s tenth book and includes his selection of the best thirty stories from the earlier collections mentioned above, combined with seven new stories that Short Story Analysis Where I m Calling From by Raymond Mar , In Where I m Calling From by Raymond Carver we have the theme of identity, control, disaffection, denial, escape, paralysis and alcoholism Taken from his Cathedral collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man who is a resident in Frank Martin s drying out facility. Cathedral Where I m Calling From Summary and Analysis Where I m Calling From is narrated in present tense by an alcoholic who is in residence at Frank Martin s drying out facility He has recently checked himself in for his second stay at Frank Martin s, and in the story he listens to and relates the personal background of J.P another alcoholic. Where I m Calling From YouTube Jul , Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Where I m Calling From Chris Botti Slowing Down The World Polydor Inc Released on Producer Larry Klein Producer Eric Calvi Where I m Calling From YouTube Provided to YouTube by Cargo Where I m Calling From No Man Housewives Hooked on Heroin Hidden Art Recordings Released on Music Publisher Hid Where I m Calling from Selected Stories SILO.PUB mother I m all right and I m going to sit on the porch for a few minutes The boy rocked from one foot to the other and looked at his father, and then he dashed into the house and began calling, Mom Discipleship Ministry For The Homeless OurCalling NOT A SOUP KITCHEN, NOT A SHELTER OurCalling is a faith based organization that leads the homeless to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle by building

  1. Carver was born into a poverty stricken family at the tail end of the Depression He married at 19, started a series of menial jobs and his own career of full time drinking as a serious pursuit , a career that would eventually kill him Constantly struggling to support his wife and family, Carver enrolled in a writing programme under author John Gardner in 1958 He saw this opportunity as a turning point.Rejecting the experimental fiction of the 60s and 70s, he pioneered a precisionist realism reinventing the American short story during the eighties, heading the line of so called dirty realists or K mart realists Set in trailer parks and shopping malls, they are stories of banal lives that turn on a seemingly insignificant detail Carver writes with meticulous economy, suddenly bringing a life into focus in a similar way to the paintings of Edward Hopper As well as being a master of the short story, he was an accomplished poet publishing several highly acclaimed volumes.After the line of demarcation in Carver s life 2 June 1977, the day he stopped drinking his stories become increasingly redemptive and expansive Alcohol had eventually shattered his health, his work and his family his first marriage effectively ending in 1978 He finally married his long term parter Tess Gallagher they met ten years earlier at a writers conference in Dallas in Reno less than two months before he eventually lost his fight with cancer.

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  1. It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we re talking about when we talk about love Life has a way of breaking even the strongest of hearts, of dashing families, friendships and lovers against the cold rocks of reality, leaving hopes and dreams to drown beneath the waves of approaching days.Through his short life the chord of life severed by his own vices Raymond Carver May 25, 1938 August 2, 1988 created a body of work that dives into the wreckage of such lives to bring [...]

  2. The typical profile of an American adult reader of literature is a college educated professional making a decent salary in a choice environment such as the publishing industry, law office, consulting firm or college or university But how about the other America, populated by men and women worlds away from ever reading literary works, men and women living in the raw boned land of work boots, crap jobs, hard liquor, chain smokes, trailer camps, hollering from foul mouths and breakdowns from beat u [...]

  3. I wanted the first book I read in 2018 to be special, and this classic selection of stories by Raymond Carver the final book he published during his lifetime he died in 1988 at the incredibly young age of 50 fit the bill.Here, presented in chronological order, are 37 stories representing than two decades work Some of them are among the most powerful and influential works of short fiction published in the late 20th century Most are written in a clear, unpretentious voice that s suffused with wis [...]

  4. 5 starsIn keeping with my study of the short story, I figured it was about time I picked up Raymond Carver Call me a late bloomer The only story I had previously read by him was Cathedral, which is excellent This is basically a story about a skeptical, somewhat superficial man who is taught by a blind man how to see.The 37 stories in this 526 page collection are arranged chronologically The final story, called Errand, unpublished at the time of Carver s untimely death, begins with the single wor [...]

  5. Impressioni scritte prima del 15 febbraio 2018 L altro pomeriggio sabato, ferma ad un semaforo in attesa della freccia di svolta a sinistra, occhio nello specchietto retrovisore che mi restituisce un immagine nitidamente perfetta non accecata dalla luce di una giornate di sole n oscurata dal buio notturno.Come fosse lo schermo rettangolare di un cinema in un contrasto di bianco e nero vedo una coppia perfettamente a fuoco nell auto che mi sta dietro.Sono di mezza et n brutti n belli, vestiti in [...]

  6. Devo dire che con nessun altro autore l effetto sorpresa stato pi violento che con Carver Le tre ore senza interruzioni in cui mi spazzolai da cima a fondo Di cosa parliamo quando parliamo d a rimarranno una delle mie esperienze pi significative di lettore, le paragonai ad una donna incontrata in vacanza Se quella stessa donna te la porti a casa la magia finisce inizia qualcos altro, ma la magia va persa Alcuni racconti sono la versione extended di quelli pubblicati in altre raccolte A rischio d [...]

  7. Obliquity ellipses define Carver s minimal prose It s a threadbare style that doesn t give you much to chew on but somehow it captures the threadbare lives scattered across these stories perfectly There s sadness desolation here that would numb you to the point of oblivion, the coiling despair tightening tightening around you like a python s grip till you are swallowed whole into its blackness Carver takes the ephemera and flotsam of non descript, everyday life that no one would stop to consider [...]

  8. I m Callin From Where And everything you love starts to disappear,The devil takes your hand and says no fear, Have another shot, just one beer Yeah I ve been there,That s why I m here Kenny Chesney, That s Why I m Here, 1997The Hoff, HammeredUpon starting my own literary renaissance, as part of a mid life identity crisis, about 9 years ago, I hadn t heard of Raymond Carver On the New Yorker s monthly fiction podcast, I heard a reading of Carver s short story, Chef s House I was moved by this sh [...]

  9. Murakami on CarverI ve never read so many stories about divorcees, unhappy marriages or relationships, dysfunctional families and alcoholics Carver s writing was incredibly real, and this collection will definitely stay in my memory I ll be picking this up again down the track, and maybe I will connect with it on a deeper level as I catch up to the ages of the characters, whom are generally older than 30.I d been interested in reading Carver since Haruki Murakami had consistently praised him in [...]

  10. 21 novembre 2011Ieri SKY qualcosa ha dedicato la serata alla regia di Altman Inizio a guardare America Oggi e dopo pochi minuti sono un po confusa so di non aver mai visto il film, ma lo conosco mi informo e realizzo che basato sui racconti di Raymond Carver Dopo essermi detta quanto ignori, ragazza mia, me ne sono fatta una ragione e ho voluto ben predispormi alla visione, nella volont di rettificare la mia opinione su Carver che, come ho scritto precedentemente ma qui sotto non aveva fatto suo [...]

  11. Miles Davis once said, when asked why he played such minimalist, modal melodies when his contemporaries were going for the fevered, manic sound of be bop, I try to only play the notes that matter That s Raymond Carver Sparse, deceptively simple, and capable of tearing your soul out by hitting the right notes, consistently, and with purity.Some of these stories sometimes didn t even strike me as I read them I d put the book down, walk away, and hours later, not be able to shake the images Other [...]

  12. Ciao Ray,stasera pensavo a te Ho preso la tua raccolta di racconti preferiti e ne ho riletti alcuni Non capisco perch alcuni miei amici, pur apprezzandoti, ritengano che tu sia deprimente Io trovo forza nelle tue storie, anche disperazione, ma nessuno dei tuoi personaggi si compiange e non fa nulla, anzi C un accecante passione verso la vita, il fare, il ripromettersi che la prossima volta non commetteranno lo stesso errore, anche se sbagliano ancora e ancora Ma Dio, siamo uomini, no Che avranno [...]

  13. A band I loved in high school Peter Parker, of course had a song named Where I m Calling From, which was based on the title of this book, so I was implored to pick it up.I started read it there and then, and while I think some of the brilliance was hard for my young mind to grasp, there was plenty of it that I could appreciate, despite my naivete What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is one of my runaway favorites I tried to do my own short story tribute to it but failed miserably , but I t [...]

  14. The Stories included here are Nobody Said AnythingBicycles,Muscles,CigarettesThe Student s WifeThey re not your HusbandWhat do you do in San Fransico FatWhat s in Alaska NeighborsPut Yourself in My ShoesCollectorsWhy,Honey Are these actual Miles GazeboOne More ThingLittle ThingsWhy Don t you Dance A Serious TalkWhat We Talk About When We Talk About LoveDistanceThe Third Thing That Killed my Father OffSo Much water so close to HomeThe CalmVitaminsCarefulWhere I m Calling FromChef s HouseFeverFeat [...]

  15. I seem to be one of the few people who managed to read this before seeing the Altman film Short Cuts, which is based on nine of the stories I also like Short Cuts than most of my friends Possibly there s some connection.

  16. Da dove sto chiamando una raccolta di 37 dei migliori racconti di Carver Carver, con la sua grande capacit e invettiva, ci porta nella sua America L America raccontata e descritta da Carver completamente ddiiversa dalla America che siamo abituati a conoscere Non l America dei sogni che si realizzano, ma l America dei sogni infranti, della disperazione I racconti di Carver sono vere e proprie pennellate di vita Sono pennellate che raccontano e descrivono la desolazione, l incomunicabilit , la dif [...]

  17. Suffice it to say that Carver is universally recognized as one of the leading lights of Modern American Fiction.Admired by college professors as well as casual readers, Carver is as enjoyable a read as you will find.Choosing his heroes from everyday life, Carver is that rare writer who is both well respected yet easy to read With Carver, it s difficult to choose a favorite.Each story is of the highest quality , a reflection of just how consistent a fine writer Carver is.While this collection is [...]

  18. A collection of short stories from a writer considered by many to be one the master of the modern short story Many of the stories have a flavor of the author s youth let s say the 1940 s and 50 s since Carver was born in 1938 and died at age 50 even though they were written in the 1970 s and 1980 s The stories have acquired a patina of quaintness from that era boys on bikes going fishing in the local creek door to door salesmen everyone smokes everyone drinks scotch the mailman knows everyone on [...]

  19. 4.5 i enjoyed most of the stories two in particular that i really enjoyed were elephant best ending and a small good thing all around great tearjerker read it highly recommend this review would be much better buttttt i lost my notes.

  20. When I read a book of short stories, I usually wait eagerly for the title story, the one that the book is named after And then I wonder how that selection was made In this case the stories are gathered from several previous collections but only one was chosen to be the title of the book Often in the review of a book of short stories, like this one, the reviewer will summarize several stories to give you a flavor of the book Other reviewers have done that with Where I m Calling From so I will res [...]

  21. Elefante, ovvero l importanza di esserci per gli altri Carver amava la filosofia della libert di Jaspers e forse mai, come in questo racconto, riuscito a dimostrare quanto sia catartico scoprire chi si nel mondo In questa puntata di 42 si parla del nostro ruolo nelle relazioni, di scelte e, ovviamente, di filosofia della libert dalla musica degli Smithsundcloud quarantadue la

  22. ecause of Carver, I became addicted to american short stories in my early twenties, than twenty years ago I am still hooked Actually, one of his main themes is the struggle against addiction Another is failure And the need for love They are all connected I am a fan of his minimalistic, elliptical early pieces his editor urged him to cut, like Pound edited T.S.Eliot but I also admire his later, uncut stories, the lyrical ones Especially his last one, Errand , written before his death from cancer [...]

  23. Raymond Carver is generally accepted as the master of the contemporary American short story, and while I have a knee jerk balk at such high praise of Carver s work, no one deserving of the epithet comes immediately to mind Don t get me wrong I love Carver He s a very good, very talented, subtle, and perceptive writer On the other hand, I do not believe he s a very good stroyteller What he pens aren t exactly page turners I ve read stories that were difficult to describe because so much is going [...]

  24. Why should a collection of short stories published in 1983 be included in Bloom s Western Canon, published in 1994 If the definition of the Western Canon is said to include those works which have most influenced Western culture, then surely this collection would not have had time to do so Instead, I think it is a collection which reflects a small segment of that culture.At first I read several stories in one sitting They seemed so much alike to me that I decided to read one or two a few afternoo [...]

  25. tinyurl 4a63ubThere s something about reading short stories that really appeals to me 1 They go by fast 2 There s a whole cosmos in 10 pages 3 Only the best can do them right.I d never read a Carver story, but I have seen Short Cuts based on Carver stories A couple of those are in this collection, notably A Good Small Thing which you ll remember as the Lyle Lovett piece breath taking in its depth and breadth of emotion Most of Carver s stories are about drinking and ex wives, but they are not re [...]

  26. Stories about people who are unhappy, will be unhappy, don t know they re unhappy, or are just getting over being unhappy and are almost always drunk or drinking either way That s a generalization, but a pretty fair one If you haven t read Raymond Carver before, you should Too much at one time and their tone becomes a dirge, and some stories are so Carveresque that they read like parodies of themselves i.e One More Thing , Little Things , and A Serious Talk , but for the most past they are almos [...]

  27. I read most of the stories in here about six years ago, but I m rereading What We Talk About When We Talk About Love right now, and then maybe some others It s because of this article from the New Yorker newyorker reporting 20d the version of that story that s also included that is supposedly Carver s preferred draft The relationship between him and his editor is awfully unsettling to me, and I d like to decide which version of the story I actually prefer I just finished up the longer one from t [...]

  28. I do not normally like short stories, I am a fan of the longer novels that really develop a storyline, characters, plot, and have a true climax and ending However at the beginning of Carver s collection of short stories I was interested in their variety By time I had read half of the book, I had realized that this variety was actually just a collection of various ways people are depressed and hate their lives The whole collection to me was just disturbing, depressing, or pointless I do not doubt [...]

  29. Reading Raymond Carver is akin to listening to a friend telling story of past experience on a warm sunny afternoon with the joy and sadness of any good tale It is like eavesdropping on someones inner feelings or spying on someones personal life, but always a good read and a pleasure to read.

  30. An exhausting collection of troubling tales The saddest story isn t in this 526 page roundup, but rather is the story surrounding this roundup it is evident that Carver, at the tale end of his life, was just starting to do his best work he d finally worked a lot of that boozy machismo out of his system and was beginning to finally dive to true depths in his writing At the time of publication, at the time of death, Carver had only just reached his 50th birthday, and would no doubt have continued [...]

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