What We Talk about when We Talk about Love

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Vintage books, 2009 - Fiction - 134 pages
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This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK. With its spare, colloquial narration and razor-sharp sense of how people really communicate, the collection was to become one of the most influential literary works of the 1980s.

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User Review  - megantron - LibraryThing

better review pending but some quick thoughts: -I know Carver was an alcoholic, but he was literally incapable of writing a story that doesn't mention booze -incredibly minimal but emotional writing ... Read full review

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User Review  - CaitlinAC - LibraryThing

I enjoy that Carver experimented with form, language, and style but the plot of many of the stories are not my cup of tea. That being said, one story which I do quite like is "Everything Stuck to Him" on page 127. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His father was a saw-mill worker and his mother was a waitress and clerk. He married early and for years writing had to come second to earning a living for his young family. Despite, small-press publication, it was not until Will You Please Be Quiet Please? appeared in 1976 that his work began to reach a wider audience. This was the year in which he gave up alcohol, which had contributed to the collapse of his marriage. In 1977 he met the writer Tess Gallagher, with whom he shared the last eleven years of his life. During this prolific period he wrote three collections of stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral and Elephant. Fires, a collection of essays, poems and stories, appeared in 1985, followed by three further collections of poetry. In 1988 he completed the poetry collection A New Path to the Waterfall.

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