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It in the imaginations of thousands of readers 'Where I'm Calling From' his last collection encompasses classic stories from 'Cathedral' 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Love' and earlier Carver. 5 starsIn keeping with my study of the short story I figured it was about time I picked up Raymond Carver Call me a late bloomer The only story I had previously read by him was Cathedral which is excellent This is basically a story about a skeptical somewhat superficial man who is taught by a blind man how to see The 37 stories in this 526 page collection are arranged chronologically The final story called Errand unpublished at the time of Carver s untimely death begins with the single word sentence Chekhov Carver is often compared to Chekhov who also died at a young age Carver has also often been described as a minimalist I understand this description but find it somewhat simplistic Sure he uses simple language in short sentences but when reuired he gives plenty of time and space to establish the raw material he needs to make a character s growth believable Carver s characters are often summed up as ordinary people as any random person we might pass in the street at first glance His genius was to use this superficial first impression then to make great use of sub text to reveal deep characterization Another oft heard idea about Carver is that he employed trickery and would throw the reader a curve ball at the end I would contend that Carver used techniue to lull the reader like the sleeper yo yo move stringing the reader out only to bring closure with a snap with a uick flick the meaning of the story is disclosed In the case of A Small Good Thing I cried As for What s In Alaska when I realized what was really going on in this couple s marriage I abruptly stopped laughing Carver had played me as a reader and I was left in awe at his skill It s worthwhile picking up this book even if you choose not to read every story This is the first time I ve read an entire collection of short stories without interruption But do read as well as the ones above Elephant So Much Water So Close to Home and the title story Where I m Calling From These stories stay with you They are uniuely Carver no one could possibly imitate him because I don t even believe they can be categorized And the final seven stories published after Carver s death show that he was heading in a new direction Even at that point he had established himself as one of the best short story writers out there How far and where he might have gone is anyone s guess El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro gives plenty of time and space to establish the raw material he needs to make a character s Fragonard Art and Eroticism growth believable Carver s characters are often summed up as ordinary people as any random person we might pass in the street at first Mao Zedong glance His The Monarchs Are Missing genius was to use this superficial first impression then to make Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding going on in this couple s marriage I abruptly stopped laughing Carver had played me as a reader and I was left in awe at his skill It s worthwhile picking up this book even if you choose not to read every story This is the first time I ve read an entire collection of short stories without interruption But do read as well as the ones above Elephant So Much Water So Close to Home and the title story Where I m Calling From These stories stay with you They are uniuely Carver no one could possibly imitate him because I don t even believe they can be categorized And the final seven stories published after Carver s death show that he was heading in a new direction Even at that point he had established himself as one of the best short story writers out there How far and where he might have Love is Blind gone is anyone s Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia guess

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Where I’m Calling From

Volumes along with seven new works previosly unpublished in book form Together these 37 stories give us a superb overview of Carver's life work and show us why he was so widely imitated but never eualed. 275 This book includes the best stories from other collections including What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Choosing this sweeping collection of over 3 dozen stories as an introduction to Carver was a mistake Carver is known for his minimalism the less is school The flip of that was certainly true for me The I read the less I liked the stories After the first few stories I would have rated the book a solid 4 stars By the end my rating was hovering around 2 stars The stories are skillfully drawn With a few strokes Carver outlines a boozy sad world of despair infidelity and bursts of violence The problem for me is that after a while the stories start blending with an oppressive sameness like grayscale sketches that need to be filled in

SUMMARY Where I’m Calling From

By the time of his early death in 1988 Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the greatest practitioners of the American short story a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted. The typical profile of an American adult reader of literature is a college educated professional making a decent salary in a choice environment such as the publishing industry law office consulting firm or college or university But how about the other America populated by men and women worlds away from ever reading literary works men and women living in the raw boned land of work boots crap jobs hard liuor chain smokes trailer camps hollering from foul mouths and breakdowns from beat up cars Well welcome to Carver country There are 37 stories in this Raymond Carver collection As way of providing a taste of what the reader unfamiliar with the author might expect here is a short write up on four stories each story vintage Raymond CarverTHEY RE NOT YOUR HUSBANDEarl is a salesman between jobs Earl goes to the diner where his wife Doreen works as a waitress on the night shift He overhears two men at the counter make less than flattering remarks about his wife s overly large posterior Then when Doreen leans over to scoop out ice cream we read The white skirt yanked against her hips and crawled up her legs What showed was girdle and it was pink thighs that were rumpled and gray and a little hairy and veins that spread in a berserk display The two men sitting beside Early exchanged looks The next morning Earl asks Doreen to go on a diet and lose a few pounds Doreen agrees and Earl buys a scale and with paper and pencil in hand keeps close track when Doreen steps on the scale Doreen has minimal success initially but then loses nearly 20 pounds over the next few weeks At this point Earl returns to the dinner but what happens as he sits at the counter does not fit in with his plans of redemption Ah to have a wife other men find attractive and desirableFATA fat man sits alone at a restaurant table for his evening meal He is so fat he would ualify for what we 21st century readers would term morbidly obese Unlike everyone else working at the restaurant the cook the busboy the other waitresses the narrator of the story who waits on his table is touched by the fat man s humanity And the trips to his table the greater her compassion and understanding We feel a kind of kinship with the narrator as she tells the story and speaks of the fat man s fat fingers his puffing as he sits at the table his referring to himself as we And when she is in bed that night with her boyfriend we are given the sense that she is at the beginning of a life transformation as a result of her contact with the fat manNEIGHBORSBookkeeper Bill and secretary Arlene feel isolated and see themselves as stick in the muds compared to freuent flyer on the go salesman Jim and wife Harriet Jim and Harriet go away on one of their many trips and as per usual leave their apartment key with their across the hall neighbors so Bill and Arlene can feed the cat and water the plants Reasonable reuest the courtesy and community of neighbors However this time across the hall neighbors Bill and Arlene break routine their envy and jealousy runneth over First time in the apartment Bill raids the medicine chest and pockets Harriet s pills and then moves to the living room and helps himself to a couple of good swigs of Jim s Scotch Next time in Bill commits even extreme invasions of privacy And then Arlene takes her turn invading privacy an invasion leading to ooh a naughty discovery The story ends with an unexpected twist leaving the reader with no doubts as to the depth of the couple s alienation and sadnessVITAMINSThe narrator waxes floors during the night at the local hospital and lives with out of work Patti who in her uest for self respect via employment resorts to selling vitamins door to door After her initial success Patti is promoted given a crew of girls to oversee and an office in the local mall But the vitamin job takes over Patti s life and she hates it telling the narrator she even dreams of pitching vitamins to customers Shella one of the vitamin salesgirls loves Patti Shella gets drunk and passes out at Patti s Christmas party The next morning an injured Shella wants Patti to drive her to the hospital but the narrator won t let Shella wake up Patti A cursing Shella walks out never to be seen again The story continues and we as readers are given a clear view of a world where the uest for love is never a happy one and people fall back into listening to their favorite sentimental music and hard drinking lots of hard drinking with dreams of escape to such places as Portland or Phoenix In Carver country what people are really trying to escape from is their own lives The author captures their humanity and their despair in telling detail


10 thoughts on “Where I’m Calling From

  1. says:

    The typical profile of an American adult reader of literature is a college educated professional making a decent salary in a choice environment such as the publishing industry law office consulting firm or college or university But how about the other America populated by men and women worlds away from ever reading lite

  2. says:

    ‘ It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we're talking about when we talk about love’Life has a way of breaking even the strongest of hearts of dashing families friendships and lovers against the

  3. says:

    I wanted the first book I read in 2018 to be special and this classic selection of stories by Raymond Carver – the final book he published during his lifetime he died in 1988 at the incredibly young age of 50 – fit th

  4. says:

    5 starsIn keeping with my “study” of the short story I figured it was about time I picked up Raymond Carver Call me a late bloomer The only story I had previously read by him was Cathedral which is excellent This is basically a story about a skeptical somewhat superficial man who is taught by a blind man ho

  5. says:

    A collection of short stories from a writer considered by many to be one the master of the modern short story Many of the stories have a flavor of the author’s youth let’s say the 1940’s and 50’s since Carver was born in 1938 and died at age 50 even though they were written in the 1970’s and 1980’s The stories have acuired a patina of uaintness from that era boys on bikes going fishing in the local creek; door to door

  6. says:

    Murakami on Carver I've never read so many stories about divorcees unhappy marriages or relationships dysfunctional families and alcoholics Carver's writing was incredibly real and this collection will definitely stay in my memory I'll be picking this up again down the track and maybe I will connect with it on a deeper level as I catch up to the ages of the characters whom are generally older than 30I'd been interested in readi

  7. says:

    275 This book includes the best stories from other collections including What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Choosing this sweeping collection of over 3 dozen stories as an introduction to Carver was a mistake Carver is known for his minimalism the “less is ” school The flip of that was certainly true for me The I read the less I liked the stories After the first few stories I would have rated the book a solid

  8. says:

    Miles Davis once said when asked why he played such minimalist modal melodies when his contemporaries were going for the fevered manic sound of be bop I try to only play the notes that matterThat's Raymond Carver Sparse deceptively simple and capable of tearing your soul out by hitting the right notes consistently and with puritySome of these stories sometimes didn't even strike me as I read them I'd put the book down walk away

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    I'm Callin' From Where? And everything you love starts to disappearThe devil takes your hand and says no fear'Have another shot just one beer'Yeah I've been thereThat's why I'm hereKenny Chesney That's Why I'm Her

  10. says:

    Obliuity ellipses define Carver's minimal prose It's a threadbare style that doesn't give you much to chew on but somehow it captures the threadbare lives scattered across these stories perfectly There's sadness desolation here that would numb you to the point of oblivion the coiling despair tightening tightening around you like a python's grip till you are swallowed whole into its blackness Carver takes the ep

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