Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 25, 2015 - Fiction - 272 pages

With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.

"[Carver's stories] can ... be counted among the masterpieces of American Literature." --The New York Times Book Review

"One of the great short story writers of our time--of any time." --The  Philadelhpia Inquirer

"The whole collection is a knock out. Few wriers can match Raymond Carver's entiwining style and language." --The Dallas Morning News 

 

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Reading this collection of short stories had me thinking of two other authors: Hemingway, for his iceberg principle; and Bukowski, for his grunginess. Not like Kerouac, for there is a definite late ... Read full review

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Carver is a more mysterious Hemingway: simple prose and something happening below the story's conscious. In these stories, the family life is suspect and ideals are challenged with blunt realism that ... Read full review

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Contents

THE IDEA
ARE YOU A DOCTOR?
NOBODY SAID ANYTHING
WHATS IN ALASKA?
WHAT DO YOU DO IN SAN FRANCISCO?
THE STUDENTS WIFE
HOW ABOUT THIS?
BICYCLES MUSCLES CIGARETS
WILL YOU PLEASE BE QUIET PLEASE?

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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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