Cathedral: Stories

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Vintage Books, 1989 - Fiction - 227 pages
689 Reviews
"A dozen stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life...Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty...his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Cathedral contains astonishing achievements, which bespeaks a writer expanding his range of intentions."--The Boston Globe

"A few of Mr. Carver's stories can already be counted among the masterpieces of American fiction...Cathedral shows a gifted writer struggling for a larger scope of reference, a finer touch of nuance." --Irving Howe, front page, The New York Times Book Review

"Clear, hard language so right that we shiver at the knowledge we gain from it." --Thomas Williams, Chicago Tribune Book World

"Carver is more than a realist; there is, in some of his stories, a strangeness, the husk of a myth." --Los Angeles Times

Stories included:
"Chef's House"
"The Compartment"
"A Small, Good Thing"
"Where I'm Calling From"
"The Train"
"The Bridle"

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Love the writing - engaging, simple, and beautiful. - Goodreads
Simple, intense, memorable prose. - Goodreads
I LOVE this guy's writing style. - Goodreads
He was a truly gifted poet of terrific insights - Goodreads
Easy to read, but still had meaning to them. - Goodreads
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I want to get "The Train" and "Where I'm Calling From" tattooed on my forehead. Read full review

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The stories from this collection are more expansive in scope than Carver's earlier stories, but have lost the raw immediacy of those minimalist gems. There is also a more overt sense of optimism, and ... Read full review



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About the author (1989)

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in August of that year, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

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