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Yet these stories bear careful re-reading, like any truly important and enduring work. For one thing, Carver is one of the few writers who can make desperation--cutting your ex-wife's telephone cord in the middle of a conversation, standing on your own roof chunking rocks while a man with no hands takes your picture--deeply funny. Then there is the sheer craft that went into their creation. Despite their seeming simplicity, his tales are as artfully constructed as poems--and like poems, the best of them can make your breath catch in your throat. In the title piece, for instance, after the gin has been drunk, after the stories have been told, after the tensions in the room have come to the surface and subsided again, there comes a moment of strange lightness and peace: "I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone's heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark."
Much of what happens in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981) happens offstage, and we're left with tragedy's props: booze, instant coffee, furniture from a failed marriage, cigarettes smoked in the middle of the night. This is not merely a matter of technique. Carver leaves out a great deal, but that's only a measure of his characters' vulnerability, the nerve endings his stories lay bare. To say anything more, one feels, would simply hurt too much. --Mary Park
The modern Hemmingway. A pleasure to read the lines and read between the lines. The movie BIRDMAN reignited my interest.Published 4 days ago by Chris Capot
This is the source material for the Academy Award-winning Film, Birdman. Everyone who loves this film needs to read the original short story, too.Published 14 days ago by Tony Strad
A must-read for anyone interested in short fiction and fiction writing in general. Carver says more in three lines than many authors do in a paragraph--very dense and stark at the... Read morePublished 17 days ago by John Dahle
This is a classic series of short stories by Carver that I highly recommend. An easy read with not much intention to sway opinions or make a solid point. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you like stories where something happens, characters find fullfillment, love and success, characters talk things out and get somewhere----this book is not for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bondalini
Read the book, became an alcoholic, divorced my wife, life shattered and lost my faith.
10/10 would read again.