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Cathedral

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  15,948 ratings  ·  742 reviews
Raymond Carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another. These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s work and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life. . . . Carver is a writer of astonishing compas ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 18th 1989 by Vintage (first published 1983)
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Camille Stein


'Cathedral' - Anne Manteleers - graphic designer + illustrator - http://ow.ly/vtAbV



Los sueños son eso de lo que uno se despierta.

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La maestría de Raymond Carver proviene de la narración rigurosa e impasible de lo cotidiano; y en lo cotidiano se incluyen a partes iguales lo tedioso y lo terrible, lo lógico y lo absurdo.

Sin aspavientos, sin artificios, con cierto cansancio en la exposición de los hechos, Carver confiere tanto valor a lo que cuenta como a lo que no menciona: las referencias espac
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Paul Bryant
Just another genius collection of laconic grimly funny or just grim short stories by Carver, like his other four. My favourites :

“Feathers”. A guy and his wife are invited for dinner at a workmate’s house. Bud and Olla have a peacock and a really ugly baby. (“Even calling it ugly does it credit.”)

“Preservation”. A guy loses his job and his life disintegrates. The fridge breaks down. His wife gets ready to go to an auction to buy a new one. That's all, folks.

“A Small Good Thing”. A boy is hit b
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Dustin
This book changed my life, sent me on my way to becoming a writer, and quite literally was the reason my girlfriend and I got together. Yeah. Soul mates. Me and Carver.
Fewlas
Avete presente quei libri che si leggono da bambini, mi sembra che li chiamino libri animati, che hanno delle linguette laterali? Tu le tiri e sulla pagina ti si rivela un’immagine, oppure magicamente si alza una figura e la pagina diventa 3D. Spero di essermi spiegata. Comunque, ecco, la sensazione che ho avuto leggendo questo libro di Carver è stata così. Un’esperienza rivelatrice, illuminante.

I critici, parlando dei racconti di Carver, li descrivono come onesti. Sono d’accordo, se con onestà
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Emir Never
There's a scene in Raymond Carver's short story 'Cathedral' that vaguely outlines the workings of great literature.

Here we have a blind visitor guiding his seeing host in drawing a cathedral. As a final touch the blind man asks his host to close his eyes and draw some people. "What's a cathedral without people?" he says.

The blind guides, the seeing follows. We feel this is not impossible, no. It's happening as we read it.

So we kept on with it. His fingers rode my fingers as my hand went over t
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Lucrezia
Per capire che atmosfera si respiri nei dodici racconti di "Cattedrale" basta cercare su Google Edward Hopper, e voilà il gioco è fatto!
Avevo già parlato di atmosfera "Hopperiana" palpabile, in un altro romanzo americano, ma in Carver la cosa balza proprio all' occhio.

Io sono un' amante delle edizioni illustrate, le illustrazioni mi piacciono da impazzire, perchè mi fanno considerare le cose da un' altro punto di vista. Non influenzano la mia versione dei personaggi e degli ambienti ,che già mi
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PGR Nair
The title Story "cathedral" is one of the best American stories of last century.

The theme is the communication gap that isolates relationships. The narrator drinks too much and seems unable to adequately communicate with his wife. The wife has earlier tried to commit suicide because of loneliness. Both the narrator and his wife are unable to effectively communicate with one another; however, his wife communicates freely and well with the blind man. The narrator is very resistant to getting to kn
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J.P.
Sep 28, 2007 J.P. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: short story writers, short fiction fans
On Christmas Eve, 1989, I sat in my room as snow fell outside. I was 20 years old. That night, I read this book cover-to-cover. I didn't mean to---Carver's voice and characters just grabbed hold of me and wouldn't let go. It's one of the few books I've ever read in one sitting.

These characters, I found, weren't like 'made-up' people from most other fiction I'd read up to that time. They were my friends, neighbors, coworkers---and to some extent, me.

Upon completing Cathedral, I was certain of t
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Franco  Santos
Cada cuento de este libro es una caricia de una mano fría.
Steve
After years of being told that Raymond Carver was the epitome of quality short story writing I finally read one of his books. I'm all in favour of sparse, concise prose that describe the minutiae of everyday life if it offers reveals the extraordinary within the ordinary. With many of the stories in "Cathedral" I kept thinking, "And...?" I did not feel that Carver's subtle observations amounted to any great insight. The only story that lingers in my mind is "A Small, Good Thing" in which a coupl ...more
Ilenia Zodiaco
C'è in questa raccolta qualcosa che sfugge a qualsiasi definizione. Qualcosa che vi vestirà di incertezza, che vi farà sentire storpi e del tutto impreparati alla vita, dei "principianti". Eppure, meno soli. In un cerchio di tristezze, al centro un fuoco.
AC
On finishing this magnficent collection, I am moved -- Carver is a gem. The final story, in particular, strikes home, since I once spent many hours in College with a guy who was blind as a stone, sitting up late hours, also (as in Cathedral), passing the hooch.... and talking about being blind and seeing and colors and sounds.... what a loss, Carver's early death! Oh, what a loss...

I've now read the three collections -- and the feeling of sadness that there's not another one... just sort of smot
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Vanessa
I wasn't sure whether I was going to rate this collection a 3.5 or a 4, but the final title story Cathedral decided it for me. It was a really excellent story: perfectly paced, witty, and touching.

If I'm being honest, I would say this is my least favourite of Raymond Carver's three short story collections. However, there are still some really excellent stories in here, and his writing is just as good here as it was in his previous collections. The stories have a slightly more mature feel to them
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Gretchen
Cathedral is a collection of short stories by Raymond Carver. Each story explores everyday moments in humanity, as well as common issues like relationships and alcoholism. Carver’s writing style is minimalist, so there are no moments of long description of setting or characters. Carver focuses on plot and themes, and each story ends with a slight cliffhanger, leaving it up to the reader to decide what happens.

I read this book for my Contemporary American Literature class, and I loved it. All the
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Tanuj Solanki
The name 'Carver' is a fit for the writer's name. He does carve his stories well.

'Chef's House' - his first New Yorker publication - had me reading it repeatedly, amazed at the poise and spareness of the prose, while ever acknowledging the danger of the story careening to a place I didn't want it to. This is the thing with Carver's stories. They create some dread and then they take you to the source of that dread.
Ron Nie
I want to get "The Train" and "Where I'm Calling From" tattooed on my forehead.
Ryan Werner
After a career of focusing on the bleak exactitude of blue-collar life, Raymond Carver's last collection embraces the hope he and his characters may have always had.

If What We Talk About When We Talk About Love was a collection full of characters in the middle of losing it all, then Cathedral (Vintage, ISBN: 0394712811, 1983) is a collection full of characters trying to get it all back, trying to salvage relationships of all types: marital (“Chef’s House”), paternal (“The Compartment”), and edib
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Duy Nguyen
Truyện ngắn của Raymond Carver lúc nào cũng khiến tôi ngạc nhiên vì câu chuyện chả có cái gì nhưng lại khiến nó lẩn quẩn trong tâm trí người đọc, thậm chí đến mức nữa đêm giật mình thức giấc tôi vẫn có thể suy nghĩ về những gì mà Raymond viết. Những sự vật, quang cảnh trong truyện của Raymond lúc nào cũng sống động, tự bản thân những chi tiết này cũng đã mang đến một sức sống kỳ diệu cho những câu chuyện.

Thánh Đường là quyển tôi dễ "tiêu hóa" nhất trong số những tác phẩm của Raymond Carver đã x
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Huy
Những tập truyện của Raymond Caver xuất bản ở Việt Nam đều rất kỳ lạ đối với tôi, tôi không thích chúng quá nhiều, chỉ thích vừa đủ nhưng có cái gì đó hấp dẫn trong cách viết của ông khiến tôi không thể bỏ qua bất kỳ tập truyện nào, háo hức đọc và muốn đọc lại ngay khi kết thúc. Có lẽ tôi đã bị cách viết thản nhiên với cốt truyện giản dị của ông quyến rũ.
Ahmad Sharabiani
زندگی آدمهای «کاروِِر» انگار همین زندگی و درماندگی است. تصویرها انگار یخ زده اند. گرما ندارند، مرده اند، دل را نمیلرزانند. اما کشش دارند، هیجان و ماجرا نیست، همین زندگیست. ا.شربیانی ...more
Benja
"Dreams, you know, are what you wake up from."

Carver gives us another peek into the hapless intimacy of American Dream castaways in 12 excellent short stories. Characters run the range of alcoholics, divorcees, alcoholic divorcees, recovering alcoholics and/or divorcees, and people with a foreboding future in alcohol, divorce or both.

While melancholy is the prevalent tone, there is always the possibility of solace. Carver doesn't want you to feel sorry for his characters or join them in their de
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Sia7ash
کتاب مجموعه ایست از داستان های کوتاه , هر داستان روایت رابطه معمولی چند شخصیت با همدیگر است که در آخر بدون هیچ اتفاقی تمام میشوند , فضایی که قرار است تلخی و پوچی روابط میان انسانها را به صراحت نشان دهد و در آن کنایه ها نقش مهمی دارند مثل داستان مرد کوری که مشکلی در ارتباط با انسانها ندارد و ذهنی باز دارد تا جایی که از ته دل دیدن را به مرد صاحبخانه یاد می دهد. اما این شخصیت های یخ زده هیچ کاری برای بهتر شدن وضعیت نمی کنند هیچ کدام قهرمان نیستند تنها تا پایان ادامه میدهند , چه چاره ای جز این؟
برعک
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David
In the title story, the narrator of this typically short, sparely written tale is expecting an old, blind friend of his wife’s to come to visit them for a few days. She hasn’t seen him in ten years, since she worked for him one summer, and she is very excited about it. The friend has recently lost his wife to cancer. His dead wife had been her replacement the following summer, nine years ago, and the job of both women had been to read and talk to him. He’d obviously made a deep impression, as th ...more
pierlapo  quimby
E così è questo il minimalismo à la Carver?
M'aspettavo molto di più (anche se aspettarsi di più da ciò che è minimale per definizione pare proprio un bel paradosso), anzi m'aspettavo che questa scrittura delle piccole cose facesse al caso mio.
Il punto è che anche a voler tacere delle scelte sulle istantanee delle vite che ritrae (che mi hanno lasciato alquanto freddino, tranne in un paio di racconti), non mi convince lo stile di Carver, e non mi convince per la stessa ragione per cui non mi con
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sleeps9hours
Depressing short stories about working-class Americans. He’s a decent writer, but spare, and the subject matter is everyday tragedy. Abrupt endings. Seen as a “realist”, but he lives in a banal and cynical kind of reality. ALL of his characters are awful people with huge flaws and petty prejudices. Recommended by a writer friend, maybe more enjoyable if all you want to do is analyze the writing.

From "Feathers"—about a family with an ugly baby and a peacock for a pet.

p. 23 Olla watched Fran with
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Casey
Raymond Carver knows what he writes about. All of his characters could either be him or people he knows really well. I’ve never had that feeling before. That sense that the author is in every story he’s writing about. Be it the family that loses their son, our the alcoholic that is trying to dry up, the husband abandoned with two children by a wife that “is going for it”. I always got the sense it was Carver in all these stories. It was his life he was talking about. Of course that’s not the cas ...more
Eric Kibler
This is the collection where Carver shakes off the label of "minimalist".

His previous editor, Gordon Lish, was known for paring Carver's stories down to the bone. But in this collection, free from Lish's pencil, he is able to be more expansive. The stories still concern average shmoes living clumsy lives, but now Carver gives himself the space for more incident. More emotional nuance. Not only that, but he's funnier, and he was fairly funny to begin with.

I read a volume of his poems recently. Li
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Myles
OK, so the craft and the talent of/behind these stories is undoubted, but there was very little about them to love.

They were mostly about endings and people keeping on anyway. Sometimes they had a shred of hope like in the title story or "Where I'm Calling From", but mostly it was about keeping your head down and just accepting the dull current of life.

This is the first time in a long time that I've felt too young to have read something. I can get a bit down and moody on occasion, but the next t
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Andrea
"Cathedral" is a recollection of twelve short (very short) stories, the last published by Raymond Carver. Despite the elementary, cut-to-the-bone prose, these stories are capable to dwelve into the anxieties and fears of the average Western man so deep, that at times I had to put the book down in order to catch the breath, so much was the pain felt during reading. One could speak for hours about the themes of these stories, about alienation, apathy, emotional detachment, about the symbolism, but ...more
Jordan West
3.5; I'm of two minds regarding this - on one hand, the whole 'pared-down realism' school of fiction has never been one that ever did a great deal for me, but at the same time I can't deny the craftsmanship and artistry evident in these stories. Carver is thankfully no Hemingway; my personal favorites here, 'Preservation', 'The Compartment', etc., contain something other than rote realism, as there is an element of the enigmatic, perhaps even the uncanny present, that is reminiscent of the likes ...more
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