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The summation of a triumphant career from " one of the great short story writers of our time--of any time." ("The Philadelphia Inquirer")
" [Raymond Carver is] one of the true contemporary masters." -- "The New York Review of Books"
" [Carver's stories] can...be counted among the masterpieces of American fiction." -- Irving Howe, "The New York Times Book Review"
" [These stories] overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life.... Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty, his eye set on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart." -- "The Washington Post Book World"
The summation of a triumphant career from "one of the great short story writers of our time--of any time." ("The Philadelphia Inquirer")"[Raymond Carver is] one of the true contemporary masters." "The New York Review of Books""[Carver's stories] can...be counted among the masterpieces of American fiction." Irving Howe, "The New York Times Book Review""[These stories] overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life.... Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty, his eye set on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart." "The Washington Post Book World"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Where I'm Calling From, with the author's original introduction, is the essential Raymond Carver story collection. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The themes covered in these stories are love, loss, marriage, betrayal, beer and fishing. He really does write the miniutae of life beautifully and finds the extraordinary in the ordinary. Some of the stories don't really have a sense of closure but they are so beautiful and haunting that it doesn't matter. One story about a boy who is knocked down by a hit and run driver actually had me in tears and I had to put it down for a while before reading on.
I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates good writing and feels like getting lost for a while. I think I can honestly say that I have never read a better short story collection and will definitely be looking out for more of his work. These stories are really a benchmark for short story writing and hope that some of you give it a go.
Raymond Carver's short fiction is often placed in the realistic tradition of Stephen Crane and Ernest Hemingway. Also, given the often muted, anticlimactic atmosphere of the prose there is a tension which is reminiscent of either Franz Kafka or Harold Pinter.
A motif within Carver's works is the issue of love, or, more precisely, the issue of love and its absence, and the bearing of love's absence on marriage and individual identity. He depicts the quiet desperation of white-and-blue-collar workers, salesmen and waitresses, and their sense of betrayal at being unable to express themselves. Things are frequently left unspoken and conflicts unresolved, and the meaning of the story is often only revealed through implications. In particular, his portrayals of marriage problems are full of emotional tension, hidden memories, wounds, longing, hate, anxiety, and melancholy.
"It is possible to write a line of seemingly innocuous dialogue and have it send a chill along the reader's spine - the source of artistic delight, as Nabokov would have it. That's the kind of writing that most interests me." (Carver in The New York Times, February 15, 1981)
This particular collection, Where I'm Calling From, published posthumously, contains a good selection, containing stories from Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? Cathedral and all seven stories from Elephant. Though, having said that, a better introduction to his stories would probably just be a copy of Cathedral. That way you wont have to buy any repeats.
This collection is the best place to start, but be warned, you could find yourself buying these stories again as you go out and by the respective collections that Carver issued in his earlier career! Best stories include 'Fat,' 'The Calm' and 'Cathedral.' The latter is truly powerful, and although apparently a little different from other Carver stories, it really sums up his whole writing/storytelling agenda (which is certainly not a dogma or forced overstated thing -- you take whatever you want to take when you read a Carver story.)
There's also a touching little introduction from the author himself.
If you like Hemmingway, or Chekhov or V.S Pritchett, give Carver a go: if you know this collection already, next step could be Carver's 'Fires.' As it says in an excerpt on the back cover "Read everything Carver ever wrote."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
after the first couple of stories i got used to his style and i love it. More like prose poems at times.Published 9 days ago by colin hodgson
I am aware that Raymond Carver is one of the most respected authors ever, and I'm not arguing about his writing. It's the subject matter! So gloomy and depressing! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Four Violets
A very good book - service/delivery was also prompt. Thanks,Published 10 months ago by Mary Derbyshire
I'd not read any of Raymond Carver's short stories before so was intrigued when I read another raving review (not on Amazon) of how good he was. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elaine I
A gruelling but rewarding read.
Tales reflect blue collar suburban lifestyle of America. Sharp on dialogue but short on narrative. Read more
This is the first time that I have read Carver and I am both impressed by the themes and content of his stories as well as the spare style in which they are written.Published on 12 Nov. 2013 by Sheree B
What can I say about the master short story writer that has not already been said? I suppose I have to keep this individual. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by Eli