Short Cuts: Selected Stories, Volume 1

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Vintage Books, 1993 - Fiction - 157 pages
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The nine stories and one poem collected in this volume formed the basis for the astonishingly original film "Short Cuts" directed by Robert Altman. Collected altogether in this volume, these stories form a searing and indelible portrait of American innocence and loss. From the collections Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, Where I'm Calling From, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, and A New Path to the Waterfall; including an introduction by Robert Altman. With deadpan humor and enormous tenderness, this is the work of "one of the true contemporary masters" (The New York Review of Books).  

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One horrific character after another. The darkness within these men is written with mind-blowing simplicity. The American Dream gone bad. Love this collection! Read full review

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I grabbed this collection because my library didn't have "What we talk about..." available. I didn't know about the film, either, and I didn't remember Carver being so unrelentingly brutal as these ... Read full review


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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 August 2, 1988, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

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