The best biography I've ever read.
It is filled with details about Carver's life, his history masterfully presented by the author in a style that is courageous, humorous, and authentic.
Carol Sklenicka's exhaustively researched biography presents a striking portrait of Carver as a man as well as the talented writer.
I have read many types of biographies. This particular one is informative, but not particularly engaging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dominika
I was excited to read about one of my favorite short story writers, but found this book awful. It reads like someone cut and pasted quotes from stories, opinions, and people to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by christoph j dangwillo
RAY LIVED NEAR ME AT SKY RANCH IN PORT ANGELES.
I KNEW RAY AND TESS INFORMALLY.
Beautifully written, deft and clearly pictured. Tho' my reading has been put on hold, the early chapters are already a part of me.Published 14 months ago by David Druven
Raymond Carver established a literary reputation for innovative, terse narratives of twentieth century suburban anomie based on his personal experience as an alienated alcoholic. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A Customer
Carver is a major Twentieth Century story teller: Up there with John Updike, only more bare bones. He knows how to hit you in the knee in just the right place with the doctor's... Read morePublished 21 months ago by MD
Some factual mistakes are just too big to ignore. Many reviewers here have complimented Ms. Sklenicka on her research for "Raymond Carver A Writer's Life" and granted, it is... Read morePublished on April 8, 2012 by Smoten
This book works well for two reasons. First, Carver's life is full of everything any American would love -- talent, beauty, loss, grief, talent again, anger, acceptance, loss... Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by J. Smallridge
If you want to know more about Carver, the man behind the stories, Sklenicka's book is a one stop shop. Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Jason