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Cathedral Paperback – June 18, 1989
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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When this book first came out, I was eager to read new stories from my favorite "minimalist" (isn't there a better word these days than "minimalist"?) writer. Instead, I was reading stories about compassion, good-natured friendships, and even salvation and forgiveness. Sure there were still the choppy sentences, quick observations, and weighty silences. But it was different. Many of the stories, not all, ended with an unusual (for Carver) sense of closure, even understanding. As so many reviewers have noted, the title story is just glorious. The narrator, a sarcastic and distant husband, finds human contact in the strangest circumstance. And when he does, he simply states, "It was like nothing else in my life up to now." Simple, but it leaves a serious lump in my throat each time I read it.
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All of Carver's stories are unique, one can read them over and over and never have enough.Published 18 days ago by Isabel Bee
I had never read nor even aware of the person Carver. I am glad I have made such a discovery. So much said and revealed in just a few pages of each short story. A must read.Published 24 days ago by Key guy
Carver's writing is brilliant. He creates complex characters that seem more human than most flesh and blood people.Published 4 months ago by Maggie Berry
This is the second Raymond Carver book I've read. As always, Cathedral is simple, powerful, and full of imaginary. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
“Show, don’t tell!” That’s the mantra we hear; the one we’re forced to swallow and follow when laboring for a good grade. But Carver seems to say “suck it” to that advice. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kiki G.
Fans of Ernest Hemingway will absolutely adore Raymond Carver's minimalistic -- but powerful -- prose.Published 10 months ago by Noah Bradon
I read this book to study Carver's extraordinary craftsmanship and was not disappointed.Published 12 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 14 months ago by whj