This collection of twelve stories by Raymond Carver is the perfect example of how to compromise the reader's frame of mind by talking about daily events. Thanks also to a minimal prose, Carver has the great virtue of guessing more than any other author that the everyday and the ordinary, such as a home accident, a watch robbery or even the death are the most familiar events that bind us to life. The result is an emotional earthquake in the reader. Among the twelve s. Among the twelve short novels, in my opinion A Small, Good Thing deserves a special mention: an absolute masterpiece of unnatural perfection! La raccolta di dodici racconti di Raymond Carver rappresenta l'esempio perfetto di come mettere in subbuglio l'animo del lettore parlando di fatti quotidiani.
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This collection of twelve stories by Raymond Carver is the perfect example of how to compromise the reader's frame of mind by talking about daily events.
Thanks also to a minimal prose, Carver has the great virtue of guessing more than any other author that the everyday and the ordinary, such as a home accident, a watch robbery or even the death are the most familiar events that bind us to life. The result is an emotional earthquake in the reader. Among the twelve s. Among the twelve short novels, in my opinion A Small, Good Thing deserves a special mention: an absolute masterpiece of unnatural perfection!
La raccolta di dodici racconti di Raymond Carver rappresenta l'esempio perfetto di come mettere in subbuglio l'animo del lettore parlando di fatti quotidiani. Una menzione speciale merita per me "Una cosa piccola ma buona", capolavoro assoluto di innaturale perfezione! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Cathedral by Raymond Carver. Cathedral by Raymond Carver. Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty. From the eBook edition. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 18th by Vintage Contemporaries first published September 15th More Details Original Title. Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Fiction , O.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cathedral , please sign up. Vivia Boe This short story leaves an impression that stays with you; no need to re-read. Perfectly constructed and a classic for the ages. A great entryway to t …more This short story leaves an impression that stays with you; no need to re-read.
A great entryway to the less uplifting stories for which Raymond Carver is so justly famous. Right up there with the best short stories you have ever read. See 1 question about Cathedral…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Cathedral. And for the record: a short story can tell more than a thousand novels. Vote: 9 La raccolta di dodici racconti di Raymond Carver rappresenta l'esempio perfetto di come mettere in subbuglio l'animo del lettore parlando di fatti quotidiani.
Voto View all 12 comments. Cathedral stories , Raymond Carver Cathedral is the third major-press collection of short stories by American writer Raymond Carver, published in At times it seems that the man is jealous of the blind man for being so close to his wife; at other times it seems that the husband is disgusted by the man's blindness.
In the end they bond in a way through the communication they share about what a cathedral looks like. View all 4 comments. Mar 19, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. American author Raymond Carver - master of the short-story A dozen Raymond Carver stories collected here as part of the s Vintage Contemporaries series.
Such a telling detail of lower-middle-class Carver country, life saturated by popular culture, especially movies and television. I can clearly envision Al rolling his eyes as he grumbles under his breath: "Damn sissy stuff.
For Al, life is a bitter pill. Black bile Al. At one point, listening to one of the tapes, Al does get extremely upset. It was beyond my understanding. Creepy: As Al waits for his wife to return with the blind man from the station, what does he do? The two big pastimes in Carver country: drink and watch TV.
His overarching observation: creepy. Family Prayer: After a few snide, sarcastic questions and remarks hurled at Robert courtesy of our narrator as they smoke and drink in the living room, all three sit down at the table for dinner. My wife looked at me, her mouth agape. Actually, one thing that is not pathetic, even for black bile Al: serious eating.
When all else fails, always the animal pleasure of chowing down on steak and potatoes and strawberry pie. Work as a deadening reinforcement that life is an unending rat wheel.
But the narrator has one surefire way to deal with the rat wheel: every night he smokes dope and stays up as long as he can. Al turns on the set and his wife leaves to change into her nightgown and robe.
Alone together, Al treats Robert to a little cannabis. She takes a seat on the coach and joins them. As the narrator observes: the blind man was inhaling as if he has been smoking weed since he was nine. The narrator questions Robert on how much he knows about cathedrals, just how big they are. Robert suggests they engage in a little artwork together so the narrator can show him all about cathedrals.
Down on the living room carpet, armed with pen and paper, Al and Robert, hand on hand, begin their artwork. Then, the unexpected happens during their joint creativity. Robert tell the narrator to close his eyes and asks him what he thinks.
In Zen, this is called Satori but for right now on his hands and knees on the living room carpet, it has no name and it needs no name. Black Painting No. View all 15 comments. I've spent most of the day reading these stories, as I can't think of anything else I'd rather do. This is both Carver's third collection and the third one I've read.
This time, his work was published without the ruthless editorial hand of Gordon Lish, which is evidenced by longer, more detailed stories. It feels like Carver was stretching his legs a bit here, with pretty great "Dreams, you know, are what you wake up from. It feels like Carver was stretching his legs a bit here, with pretty great results.
Some of the stories are semi-autobiographical, and many are dark. But there are a few that have a softer, affirming feel - a small light in the darkness. Really not sure which one I love more! A blind man teaches a sighted man new ways to see. I personally couldn't see for tears by this line on the last page: "It was like nothing else in my life up to now. I really can't say how I feel about Raymond Carver without getting all sloppy and sentimental.
But I will say I felt welcome here, welcomed into the crux of the lives depicted in his pages through his very accessible prose, guided by his expert hand, trusted with the contents of his heart. I'm so glad Raymond Carver lived and wrote. There's a reason why he still remains an influential figure, particularly in regards to the short story form.
View all 36 comments. Raymond Carver is one of the most influential writers of the late 20th century, and this volume, published five years before his tragically early death at 50, has the feel of an American classic.
Cathedral (short story)
Cathedral Summary and Analysis of "Cathedral"
The narrator is clearly unhappy about the upcoming visit. He then flashes back to the story of how his wife met the blind man when she worked for him as a reader. At the time, she was engaged to marry an officer in the Air Force. When she tells the blind man goodbye, he asks if he can touch her face.
Raymond Carver: ‘Cathedral’
The old friend, Robert , is blind, which the narrator identifies as Robert's defining characteristic. As the story begins, the narrator is troubled by the impending visit for reasons he can't quite explain, though he attributes it to Robert's disability. As the narrator explains, Robert's wife had died recently and so he was visiting her family in Connecticut. As the narrator and his wife live nearby, Robert arranged to visit, and is on his way. The wife had worked briefly for Robert a decade before in Seattle. They have kept in touch by mailing tapes to one another, on which each narrated his or her life in detail.
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