What We Talk about when We Talk about Love: Stories

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Vintage Books, 1989 - Fiction - 159 pages
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Featured in the Academy Award-winning (Best Picture) film "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton
In his second collection of stories, as in his first, Carver's characters are peripheral people--people without education, insight or prospects, people too unimaginative to even give up. Carver celebrates these men and women.

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Love me a manly writer - Goodreads
The unfinished endings are a bitch. - Goodreads
Carver's prose is familiar and frightening immediately. - Goodreads
You can't call Carver's writing beautiful. - Goodreads
Carver is one of themasters of short story telling. - Goodreads
These are easy to read but not always easy to ponder. - Goodreads

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I have never enjoyed having reality presented to me in such a bleak manner as Raymond Carver does in this book. My coworker described Carver's writing as being like a movie without a soundtrack, because there is no music that would suit the imagery and feelings you get from these stories. Read full review

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User Review  - Richard - Goodreads

I love a storyteller that can tell a good story with a sparsity of words. Raymond Carver was one of the best at that. Read full review

Contents

WHY DONT YOU DANCE?
3
VIEWFINDER
11
MR COFFEE AND MR FIXIT
17
Copyright

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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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