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No short cuts here - the definitive Raymond Carver,
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This review is from: Carver: Collected Stories (Library of America) (Hardcover)
I have to say that I was a little underwhelmed when I opened my package from Amazon - this hardback book is smaller than my paperback edition of Where I'm Calling From. In fact, I was convinced that the book couldn't possibly hold all of the material that the descpription promised - but it does. The book is small because of the paper used: it's a thinner, lightweight paper that, as the book states, meets the permanence criteria of the American National Standards Institute. It's beautifully bound too - this is a book that will last. And as for the stories themselves, well... perfection! As far as I'm aware, every short story Carver wrote is collected here, including the original versions of those collected in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (published separately this year as Beginners) - the difference between the versions is quite remarkable. So that's 91 stories in total. There are also four essays, a chronology (essentially a mini-biography), notes on each story, and a chronological bibliography. So you actually get several books in one fantastic package. I just can't recommend Carver's writing or this collection enough - if I had to choose one book to last me for the rest of my life, it would be this one.