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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?: Stories Paperback – June 9, 1992
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"Will you please be quiet, please?" is an assortment of harsh, condensed, short stories. The stories are brief and "to the point". Carver captures the human experience at a certain important moment in time. This moment can seem trivial to an outside observer, but this is a flash of revelation, a private understanding that comes after a seemingly regular event. This is a moment of small change, recognition --- something will not remain as it was before.
The story "Fat" can be a good example for Carver's style. "Fat" opens the book and is one of my favorite stories in this collection. This is an account of a rather trivial, every day encounter of a waitress with a fat client. However, this encounter manages to shake something inside her and force her to feel something of his "Fat experience". Somehow this makes her think about relationships and people and brings her to a certain realization as to her personal interactions.
Carver does not glorify human beings. His description is not tender and he does not write with mercy. This is true regarding instants of ugliness and on the other hand - quick moments of great love and compassion - just as during one day you can have mixed feelings and a great moment of love can come from nowhere and just pass by, sometimes even unnoticed.Read more ›
Don't be fooled by the length of his short stories, his shortest pieces like 'Neighbors' and 'Fat' are among his best (though I can't really point out any that is not his best anyway) because it tells so much in so little words.
Another startling thing about Carver's stories is that it can relate to people everywhere in the world though he writes about Americans.
at the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Carver wasn't then such a
recognized master of the short story. Most striking was how pain-
ful the stories were to read, and this was without the life experience one has gained since the late 1970's.
Raymomd Carver already wrote the stories I was aspiring to; there
was nothing left but to obtain his wonderful story collections, and re-read them every five years or so. The stories become more harrowing the older one gets. I just can't be objective about this collection in particular, as it's been such a touchstone for me.
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Richard Carver is a very engaging story teller. His short stories are all a real "slice of life". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janet T.
Carver is a literary phenomenon everyone should experience. If you don't read his stories, you may still see his stuff on film -- it's been the source of material for several... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas Dunnam
I first read this book in college a very long time ago. I only wish I could remember what the discussion on the meaning of these stories was back then. Read morePublished 10 months ago by PCCnyc
Carver almost single-handedly brought the short story back into the forefront of writing creatively. And he wrote this set as a hard core alcoholic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by douglas robert campbell
This is Carver's earliest collection, but his trademark sparse prose and the gritty kitchen sink setting of his stories are already indelibly stamped. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Ang