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Cathedral After two collections of beautifully written, lean but grim and mercilessly sad working class stories, Carver lets the reins loose a bit in this 1983 collection, allowing some of the stories to expand just a bit, in various ways Almost all of the stories in Will You Please Be Quiet, Please 1976 and What We Talk About When We Talk About Love 1981 are about working class people on the edge of tragedy, or seen at the end of a slow tragic decline, though it s not classic tragedy, of a great man say, Macbeth, a noble soldier pricked by the spur of his own ambition but a factory rat brought down by an affair, say, and by his own drunken bumbling The first story in this collection, Feathers, signals the change, maybe, by identifying the tale as a low rent tragedy In this collection, sometimes still featuring such AA based tragedies, there s humor, fuller descriptions, the pace slows a bit for to happen, for us to get to know the characters as fully human, though most of all there s a generosity of spirit you don t see to this extent in the earlier collections The best example of how this works is in a story that gets revised here The Bath is a story in What We Talk About When We Talk About Lover it s a story about an eight year old boy hit by a car and in a coma on his birthday The day before, his mother hard ordered Dreams, you know, are what you wake up fromMy heart is in my throat after finishing this magnificent collection I ve spent most of the day reading these stories, as I can t think of anything else I d rather do This is both Carver s third collection and the third one I ve read This time, his work was published without the ruthless editorial hand of Gordon Lish, which is evidenced by longer, detailed stories It feels like Carver was stretching his legs a bit here, with pretty great results Some of the stories are semi autobiographical, and many are dark But there are a few that have a softer, affirming feel a small light in the darkness They are all excellent, but here are the standouts for me Chef s House a sobered up alcoholic invites his estranged wife to spend the summer with him in a rented house we see how precarious his sobriety is Preservation an out of work man takes to the couch, paralysed and trapped while his wife despairs and works until one day the refrigerator breaks A Small, Good Thing parents are dealing with the hit and run accident of their seven year old boy, comfort to be found in the most unexpected place This is an extended version of The Bath found in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Really not sure which one I love Careful an alcoholic man s It Was Morning In America When Raymond Carver S Cathedral Came Out In 1983, But The Characters In This Dry Collection Of Short Stories From The Forgotten Corners Of Land Of Opportunity Didn T Receive Much Sunlight Nothing Much Happens To The Subjects Of Carver S Fiction, Which Is Precisely Why They Are So Harrowing Nothingness Is A Daunting Presence To Overcome And Rarely Do They Prevail, But The Loneliness And Quiet Struggle The Characters Endure Provide Fertile Ground For Literary Triumph, Particularly In The Hands Of Carver, Who Was Perhaps In His Best Form With This Effort. Cathedral Anne Manteleers graphic designer illustrator J P and I are on the front porch at Frank Martin s drying out facility Like the rest of us at Frank Martin s, J P is first and foremost a drunk But he s also a chimney sweep It s his first time here, and he s scared I ve been here once before What s to say I m back My eyes were still closed I was in my house I knew that But I didn t feel like I was inside anything.Dreams, you know, are what you wake up from. La maestr a de Raymond Carver proviene de la narraci n rigurosa e impasible de lo cotidiano y en lo cotidiano se incluyen a partes iguales lo tedioso y lo terrible, lo l gico y lo absurdo Sin aspavientos, sin artificios, con cierto cansancio en la exposici n de los hechos, Carver confiere tanto valor a lo que cuenta como a lo que no menciona las referencias espacio temporales no son sino ornamentos en historias aparentemente banal I had no Idea who Raymond Carver was before I picked this collection of short stories Of course, I asked the great oracles of the Internet to feed me information about him, and they told me that Mr.Carver is one of the American literary gods who revived the dying short story literary form in the 80s My primary concern was for the short story medium that almost died in the 80s, and don t worry, I checked and they are thriving nowadays.As I read Carver s stories, I understood that he is a maestro in creating minimalistic stories that hold a plethora of themes inside its simple exterior To be honest, his stories can be considered as disguised ciphers, as while reading, you may think the story is about bananas, but in fact, It might just be about the potassium and carbohydrates or even oranges.The bananas are just a metaphor, Carver never wrote about bananas to my knowledge His themes were repetitive, yet effective, and he wrote about isolation, loneliness, alcoholism, marriages, miscommunication, and the human condition Most of the stories in Cathedral uses middle class couples and their marriages as stage setting, and from there Carver unleashes a torrent of words to create effective stories There were twelve short stories, and while I enjoyed all of them, these are my top three picks A Small, Good Thing This one hit me hard Too hard, to be honest It s about a couple in a hospita Raymond Carver is one of the most influential writers of the late 20th century, and this volume, published five years before his tragically early death at 50, has the feel of an American classic.It includes some of his most famous short stories Feathers, Chef s House, A Small, Good Thing, Vitamins, Where I m Calling From and the mysterious title tale I ve read and studied some of the stories before, but this was my first time reading the book cover to cover Here are a few observations 1 Boy do these stories ever resonate during a recession I d forgotten how many unemployed people there are in the book Consider some of these opening sentences Sandy s husband had been on the sofa ever since he d been terminated three months ago Preservation I had a job and Patti didn t I worked a few hours a night for the hospital It was a nothing job I did some work, signed the card for eight hours, went drinking with the nurses After a while, Patti wanted a job She said she needed a job for her self respect So she started selling multiple vitamins door to door Vitamins This old st . A very interesting short, showcasing a blind man who doesn t let his blindness limit him in any way Turns a skeptic, who was uncomfortable about his blindness, into a man who lesrns by the gift of touch There are many different ways of seeing, and not all use sight. American author Raymond Carver 1938 1988 master of the short storyA dozen Raymond Carver stories collected here as part of the 1980s Vintage Contemporaries series Since other reviewers have commented on all twelve, I ll share some short short cuts from the title story, my reflections on Carver doozy, a story I dearly love Here goes CATHEDRALThe Blind Man The narrator s wife is bringing her old friend, a blind man, home for a visit since the blind man made the trip to Connecticut to visit relatives following the death of his wife The narrator s idea of blindness and what it means to be a blind man comes from the movies Such a telling detail of lower middle class Carver country, life saturated by popular culture, especially movies and television Although the narrator remains nameless throughout the story, I sense his name is Al, so I ll take the liberty to occasionally refer to the narrator as Al.Poetry Al s wife writes poems, one such poem about how during her last session with the blind man, she let him touch her face and neck with his fingers And Al s reaction to poetry I admit it s not the first thing I reach for when I pick up somet Cathedral stories , Raymond Carver Cathedral is the third major press collection of short stories by American writer Raymond Carver, published in 1983.The collection contains the following stories Feathers , Chef s House , Preservation , The Compartment , A Small, Good Thing An extended version of his earlier short story The Bath Vitamins , Careful , Where I m Calling From , The Train , Fever , The Bridle , Cathedral Narrated by a man whose wife is old friends with a blind man, the story shows the husband narrator s distaste for the blind man who is coming to visit him and his w


About the Author: Raymond Carver

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 turni


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