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 contains a number of similar stories, very skillful within their narrow limits, written with a dry intensity, and moving, at their climaxes, from the commonplace to the unnerving. -- The New York Times Book Review, Irving HoweSee all Editorial Reviews
I read this book to study Carver's extraordinary craftsmanship and was not disappointed.Published 2 months ago by Shopper
Carver is an exceptional writer with amazing sensitivity in everyday life of ordinary people, and his ability to create stories of heavy emotions and weave them with subtle... Read morePublished 3 months ago by whj
This is the second series of short stories by Carver I have read. Like What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, the works stay with you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ann M.
Carver is a very famous writer for good reason. This is worth the read.Published 7 months ago by Juliana LV
There are people who don't get, or like, Carver, and that is normal. I have read authors who I have heard only praise and awe used to describe them, and just was left feeling flat. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Swanton
I adore the writings of Raymond Carver. This man is political, human, sensitive, vulnerable. Am a great fan of Carver. Great stuff.Published 21 months ago by evie256
Per our English assignment, I am writing a review of Raymond carver's short-story consistent of 136 paragraphs I have read this weekend. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Mediya Abakar