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Call If You Need Me Hardcover – 20 Jul 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Press; First Edition edition (20 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860467598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860467592
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,589,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Raymond Carver has done what many of the most gifted writers fail to do, he has invented a country of his own" (Michael Wood New York Times)

"The prose is a prayer book of simple words, unsentimental. Carver's gleam" (Tom Adair Scotsman)

"Carver the writer is still the hero of this story, as this 'last of the last' abundantly proves" (Bharart Tandon Times Literary Supplement)

"In Call If You Need Me, generosity and fidelity to his characters shine from every page... In his style, Carver may have affinities with Hemingway, but his portrayal of relationships between men and women is deeper and more nuanced than anything the old bullfighter ever committed to print" (Toby Mundy New Statesman) --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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'Carver's technique was masterful and deft; but it is the characters - heroes in their way - of his tales that make them great and lasting works' - The Times --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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I'm not sure about the problems of authenticity but this is typical of these kind of books. There are some pieces that really do hit you between the eyes and remind you what a truly fine writer Carver was. And there's a lot of more obscurer stuff that simply falls well short of his more enduring work.
Nevertheless, if you are a fan of Carver then this is worth getting and reading,. but overall the books main function is to remind you how greta the man was, and to encourage you to re-read the really great stuff.
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Format: Library Binding
I guess this is sort of like the DVD extras of Carver's work. 5 posthumously discovered stories typical of Carver's mid to late style - 'Kindling' was especially good I thought - as well as a collection of early stories, which perhaps aren't really up to par with his later work. There are also some essays, meditations and introductions to various bits and bobs. Are introductions ever really of any great interest to anyone? I usually just glance at the first paragraph and then skip to the beginning. Although, having said that I did find Tess Gallagher's introduction to this book interesting.
This isn't essential Carver but it helps develop a fuller picture of the great writer in the same way 'All of Us', his collected poems, does.
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When I bought this I didn't realise I already had it, in another version, but I would always, always recommend Carver's writing, short stories and poetry, for their simple brilliance, insights into the everyday and said with such an ease with language. He is the master.
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