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Short Cuts

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  4,246 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
A movie tie-in edition to the brilliant new film by Robert Altman, based on these nine stories by Carver, "one of the great short story writers of our time--of any time" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 7th 1994 by Harvill Press (first published September 14th 1993)
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Betsy Robinson
I'd never read Carver before and probably won't read more even though I admired and liked his pithy "just-telling-what-happened" style. Most of these stories are slices of life: drinking men's dark nights of the soul, the unhappy women in their lives (even if the narrator is a woman), male violence, and the ultimate futility of existence. But then there was one story called "A Small Good Thing" about the death of a child, and it knocked the wind out of me. It was dark as well, but a lot more—wor ...more
Pixie Dust
May 31, 2014 Pixie Dust rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally got round to reading some Raymond Carver. I didn’t realise initially that this compilation was taken from various collections, selected by a filmmaker who made a movie out of these stories woven loosely together. I would have preferred to read a collection of stories as originally intended by the author himself, so that I can try to make sense of the connections between the stories myself, rather than through the intermediary of a movie director. Oh well.

Anyway, I did enjoy these stories
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Robert Vaughan
If I could give this book ten stars, I would. I LOVE Ray Carver's book(s) so freaking much. I remember reading stories from this collection before I really decided to become an author, and his scope of storytelling made me write in my journal, even as an undergrad: I wish I wrote that sentence. About 100 times! I can't even remember how many times I have read just this one book of his, let alone other Carver books, also.

If you ever think you might not be a writer, or might not want to be in thi
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Claire Fuller
Stories about ordinary lives and ordinary people, where an extraordinary thing happens, or something not so extraordinary, but it becomes so by the action of the characters. I liked them all, I like Carver's style of writing (reminding me of Richard Yates, John Williams, even Richard Ford a bit) - matter of fact. But what is striking is how these stories end. They all finish at odd, but perfect points, as if the story isn't quite ended, but it is ended enough, as though Carver has allowed the re ...more
Andrew
Nov 11, 2007 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: drunks
Shelves: literary, made-me-cry
At my birthday party, I mentioned to someone that I had recently read these stories, and two other people, seperate from each other and from me, started raving about how good Carver is. It's true.

All I want to do after reading this guy's stories is drink and beat my wife. Except beautifully.

Sample quote, from "Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?":
"For their honeymoon they drove to Guadalajara, and while they both enjoyed visiting the decayed churches and the poorly lighted museums and the afterno
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Margaret Madden
One horrific character after another. The darkness within these men is written with mind-blowing simplicity. The American Dream gone bad. Love this collection!
Lindsay
Nov 23, 2008 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been sitting on my DVD shelf for a few years now as the Criterion companion to the movie. While I really enjoy the movie, I think I ended up buying it just because there was a book included in the packaging. And thank goodness...Carver might have continued to go undetected by me as--for the most part--all I've ever heard him discussed is a one sentence nod of approval in passing. Not that I could have predicted it, but I'm glad I've waited to read his work because I might not have appre ...more
George
Nov 09, 2016 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century
Ο Ρέιμοντ Κάρβερ, ένας από τους μαιτρ του "βρόμικου ρεαλισμού" αλλά και της μικρής φόρμας, έγραψε δεκάδες διηγήματα που μπορεί να βρει κανείς σε διάφορες συλλογές. Τα περισσότερα από αυτά έχουν μεταφραστεί και στα ελληνικά (από τις εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο κυκλοφορεί πλέον ένας συγκεντρωτικός τόμος με πολλά διηγήματα). Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο περιέχει εννέα διηγήματα και ένα (κάτι σαν) ποίημα, πάνω στα οποία βασίστηκε και η πασίγνωστη ομότιτλη ταινία του 1993, σε σκηνοθεσία Ρόμπερτ Άλτμαν.

Είναι η πρώτ
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Temperamente
May 11, 2011 Temperamente rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporanei
Non deve sorprenderci il fatto che Raymond Carver non abbia mai scritto romanzi: è troppo felice l’incontro fra la narrazione breve e la miseria di un’umanità semplice, di periferia, quasi sempre derelitta, fotografata nel suo tentativo di restare in piedi nonostante tutto, la cui vita è priva degli avvenimenti straordinari e dei complessi intrecci che meglio si adattano ai grandi romanzi.

Continua a leggere: http://www.temperamente.it/contempora...
Rafa
Jan 28, 2016 Rafa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me estoy aficionando a este estilo amargo.
Roger
Apr 30, 2009 Roger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The big duh: Raymond Carver is one of the masters of the contemporary short story. The really great thing about Carver is that his stories are so easy -- you can blaze through them like a pop novel without missing a beat, and yet come out on the other end knowing you've read something tremendous. They are SIMPLE, but far from SIMPLISTIC.

This collection is actually a movie-to-book edition. In the 90s, Robert Altman (director of M*A*S*H and Nashville) created a film that put together 9 of Carver's
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Rose
Jan 31, 2016 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oddly enough I didn't like this collection of stories too much at first. I thought them abrupt & lacking & the dialogue silly & unrealistic & a bit clumsy. Somewhere in the middle, after a few stories, Carver's style just insisted on being appreciated & by the end of the book I was happily left wanting more. Quite a turn around! For every story it's as though you're just picked up & plunked in the middle of these character's lives for a short period of time, just enough t ...more
Brad
Dec 01, 2014 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
My introduction to Carver; a Greatest Hits album of sorts. Going in I expected something similar to Bukowski - drunks and affairs and domestic violence. It certainly contained all of those things, but it had something Bukowski lacks - a humanity. A tenderness and an eye for life's little moments that can mean more than is expressible in words. Grieving parents sitting in a bakery eating cinnabuns or a woman attending a funeral of a girl she's never met.

That's not to say Carver is in anyway sappy
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Thais
Oct 09, 2012 Thais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avevo già letto "Cattedrale", e in quest'altra raccolta di racconti (scelti da Robert Altman, che vi si è ispirato per il film America Oggi) ho ritrovato il Carver che ricordavo. Pennellate di crudeltà, di quotidianità, di vite di estranei così umani e verosimili che potrebbero essere i nostri vicini di casa, o noi stessi.
In realtà lo stile asciutto di Carver e soprattutto i finali tronchi, taglienti e amari che lo caratterizzano sono in gran parte dovuti alla mano pesante del suo editor. Ma ciò
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Amy
Nov 28, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting to read what a filmmaker chose from Carver's stories. These are the most dramatic Carver stories I know, full of death, adultery, bar fights, rape, murder, abandoned dogs.... Nobody, say, sits around a table getting drunk for a really long time and talking about love. But they're great. And it's been long enough since I've seen the movie that I didn't recall who played which character, or get frustrated with liberties that were taken. A hint, perhaps, of Lyle Lovett in the baker ...more
Kendare Blake
Aug 27, 2010 Kendare Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carver can take the everyday and charge it with the profound. He's got the knack for taking normal life and tearing it up into ragged pieces. There is drama and nuance, and MENACE. And he does it all in this fantastic minimalist voice. If you like him, check out Andre Dubus.
Diletta
May 16, 2014 Diletta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bello bello bello. Tra i miei preferiti "Vuoi star zitta, per favore?" e "Con tanta di quell'acqua a due passi da casa". Un uso delle sensazioni e delle persone incredibile.
Nora
Nov 24, 2016 Nora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...y recuerda cuando la vida era dulce y ya no puede encarar dulcemente lo que le queda de vida."
Jay
Apr 17, 2016 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I came across the film 1CShort Cuts 1D and made a bee-line to the Raymond Carver books I have on my shelves. Famous film director Robert Altman had chosen from a handful of his short stories to weave a story of woe and despair in 1980 19s Los Angeles. That 19s it 13 the land of sun, sand, limosines, and a lot of drugs and alcohol - Altman goes to the heart of Carver 19s stories and brings us all home.
Often, I suppose because Carver 19s stories are non-traditional, most people who have read him
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Trixie Fontaine
I know I'm *supposed* to give this five stars, and it's just mind-boggling I've never read any Raymond Carver before this (except So Much Water So Close to Home, but without knowing how "important" it was or being able to remember why I felt like I'd seen the story take place right before my eyes -- which was because it was in the movie Short Cuts I finally realized when I saw this book at the library).

I've been given lots of quiet hints to read Raymond Carver and only recently picked up on them
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Iris
Oct 15, 2015 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2015
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 collected stories are. I'd like to reread some of the original collections soon because I am curious about whether the emotional atmosphere is always this gruelling.

Someone said once that misogyny is domestic terrorism & the stories in this collection illustrate that to a degree that made me nause
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Short cuts: selected stories, Raymond Carver (1938 - 1988)
عنوان: راه های میان بر؛ نویسنده: ریموند کارور؛ مترجم: اسدالله امرایی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نقش و نگار، 1383، در 318 ص، فروست: هنر و ادبیات، شابک: 9646235743؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه آمریکایی قرن 20 م

در این مجموعه بیست و یک داستان کوتاه، از ریموند کارور نویسنده آمریکایی آرمیده. کارور را گروهی، از نویسندگان مینیمالیست میدانند، و گروهی نیز سبک او را رئالیسم عریان مینامند. در داستانهای کارور رویداد چندانی رخ نمیدهد، یا دست کم خارج از ذهن آدمهای
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Andrew
Jun 09, 2007 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Short Cuts after reading What We Talk About... and it's simply nowhere near as strong a collection, which seems fitting as it was compiled by Robert Altman and not Carver himself. About the highlights that don't completely overlap: "A Small Good Thing" is one of the highlights here, a more elaborate version of "The Bath" from What We Talk About... with names, emotions, and even a resolution(!) provided this time around. "They're Not Your Husband" is just about as Carver as anything he's e ...more
Cassandra
Oct 18, 2008 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So there are some stories in this collection that are altered versions of stories from What We Talk about When We Talk About Love. I was having difficulty with the chronology, though I believe What We Talk About (pub'd in 19981) came first. He also apparently rewrote some of the stories in Short Cuts when he wrote Where I'm Calling From .
The initial rewrites that I referred to (a.k.a. the ones I've actually read) include details and motives that contrast starkly with the spare character
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Chad
Nov 28, 2011 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw Short Cuts when it first came out in the theater in the early 90's(3 hours is too long to sit in a theater). I had just discovered Raymond Carver and I loved to see how Altman weaved together the stories. Got the movie and this book from the library last weekend. It didn't take me much longer to read the book than it took to watch the movie (did I mention 3 hrs!) I enjoyed the movie - some really amazing acting throughout - but not as much as I enjoyed reading the original stories. Carver' ...more
Monlenska December
Apr 09, 2015 Monlenska December rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
My first Carver, and definitely won't be my last.
I love the simplicity in his writing, the kind of simplicity that can very well elucidate complicated things. How is that, I'm not sure. It's like gliding smoothly until you hit a massive wall.

Short Cuts tackled lives of people in marriage or has a family of their own (although I wasn't sure about that one story)
It's a basic topic, to be honest. But witnessing how vivid the horror and heartbreak were executed in the book, it kind of stretched my d
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Harald
These nine stories and a poem will be known to readers of Carver from his earlier collections, but according to the director Robert Altman, they inspired the plot of his own film "Short Cuts" in 1993. Some of the stories are cut to the bone so much that they make little impression, but the two longer stories on how to relate to death (So Much Water So Close To Home; A Small, Good Thing) are harrowing and belong to my favorites. The introduction by Altman gives useful insights on how these spare ...more
Kim Shively
Nov 08, 2015 Kim Shively rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always read Carver's stories one by one, often in short story collections that include a variety of authors. Reading a set of them together gives a sense of their power and precision. He never uses effusive language or convoluted plots. Nevertheless, through his straight-forward, dry prose, you are given insight into the often ugly nature of human nature--insight that no one else has provided.
Karen
I feel dumb rating a book that inspired a film with as many amazing actors as this one had so low. My lack of a developed critical sense probably made me hate these stories, but due to personal failings or no, hate them I did. They made me feel very, very hopeless, with no prospect of uplift. I don't like that.
Frances Caballo
I can't remember when I read this book but the truth is, I re-read it every once in a while. I've always loved Raymond Carver's book. Love how he writes about the under belly of life. His stories are real. His characters are real. Carver understood people and he knows how to reveal them in the short story form. He's a master.
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Carver was born into a poverty-stricken family at the tail-end of the Depression. The son of a violent alcoholic, he married at 19, started a series of menial jobs and his own career of 'full-time drinking as a serious pursuit', a career that would eventually kill him. Constantly struggling to support his wife and family, Carver enrolled in a writing programme under author John Gardner in 1958. He ...more
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