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Call If You Need Me

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,226 ratings  ·  55 reviews
When he died in August 1988, Raymond Carver had just published what were thought to be his last stories in the collection entitled Elephant and his own collection of stories, Where I'm Calling from. Five previously unpublished stories have recently been discovered, and this new volume brings together all of his uncollected fiction, including a fragment of an unfinished nov...more
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Published June 21st 2001 by Harvill Press (first published 2000)
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Ben Winch
Raymond Carver is an American (North American) phenomenon. If he was Latin American maybe he would have shorn his work to the bone for real Juan Rulfo style, but instead editor Gordon Lish did it for him – in Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (title Lish's) – and when he outgrew Lish he let himself bloat, in Cathedral and (less so) in Elephant. Elephant, in my opinion, is closest to perfect, but it's light, airy, like Antonio Tabucchi (Italian) with...more
Vale
Una scelta compiuta oggi ci libera anche dalle azioni passate

Se hai bisogno, chiama è una raccolta di racconti pubblicati postumi. Carver aveva scritto sul suo taccuino alcune frasi del filosofo Jaspers, soprattutto tratte dalla filosofia della libertà. Per Jaspers, con l'atto decisionale si sperimenta la libertà su noi stessi e la scelta di oggi vale anche per il passato poiché gli dona una prospettiva nuova.
Il racconto che apre la raccolta è intitolato Legna da ardere.
Il protagonista si chiama...more
Greg
In retrospect maybe this book isn't worth four stars. Stories that at the time of his death hadn't been collected in books yet, along with some essays about writing and literature. Yet another review for a book I read at some indeterminate number of years ago that I remember very little about. In lieu of a real review, here is a piece I'd like to call:

What I Thought about When I Thought about Raymond Carver Today.


Thinking about what to write today I was thinking about how some writers have caree...more
Richard
I guess it was bound to happen one day--Carver died when I was in college, when I was still a young writer who was finding inspiration from his work. I didn't really mean to, but I most likely built a kind of Carver mythology in my head and made the mistake of taking my reverence for his writing as a reason to also revere the man as a wise soul. Perhaps it was also knowing the story of the Lish-Carver split, of a writer who broke free from the confines of an editor who had helped bring him to no...more
Doan
“Truyện ngắn không chấp nhận bất kỳ sự giải thích nào. Công việc của nhà văn chỉ là trình bày sự việc, không giải thích, bình luận, kết luận. không đưa ra bất kỳ một sự phán xét đạo đức nào. Không được để lộ ý đồ của mình, tránh áp đặt ý kiến của mình. Hãy nói ngắn gọn thôi, hãy để tôi suy đoán.”

Truyện ngắn của Raymond Carver thuộc thể loại ấy.
girl
Jun 20, 2013 girl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: (Young) writers, lovers of great literature
I reached the end of this collection and felt as Carver said readers and writers should after they have finished a short story. We sit for a minute, quietly, Carver says.
Ideally, we'll ponder what we've just written or read; maybe our hearts or intellects will have been moved off the peg just a little from where they were before. Our body temperature will have gone up, or down, by a degree. Then, breathing evenly and steadily once more, we'll collect ourselves, writers and readers alike, get up
...more
Patrick McCoy
Raymond Carver has been a favorite writer of mine since college, and when I saw Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Others Prose, I decided to revisit an old friend. The new stories are solid, but not like my favorites “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” or “Are These Original Miles” or “What’s In Alaska.” The prose is informative since it tells us about his literary inclinations, influences and opinions on writing and other subjects. It was nice to revisit an old favorite,...more
Realini
Call If You Need Me by Raymond Carver

The story of Raymond Carver is conditioning the reader for a happy ride: Palo Alto, The Californian Coast, the beach.
Words create Worlds as Tal Ben-Shahar keeps saying at Harvard.
With the words from “Call if You Need Me” our mindset becomes positive. Tests have been made and they showed that words used in soccer, or Florida (to my surprise) create a framework which makes us think and act in strange ways.
“Nancy was a tall, long legged woman, with brown hair…”...more
Sara
"Mentre tu eri via, ricordo di aver visto passare la luna fuori dell'oblò, e poi la nave deve aver invertito la rotta o qualcosa del genere, perchè la luna è ritornata e ha illuminato tutta la cabina. Poi sei tornato tu, eri ancora in pigiama, e ti sei rimesso a letto a dormire senza dire neanche una parola. La luna brillava appena fuori dell'oblò e nella cabina sembrava che splendesse ogni cosa, ma tu non hai detto niente lo stesso."
Bahar
بعضی از داستانهای کارور را خیلی دوست دارم. اما به نظرم اینهمه واقعیتی که یکراست در آینه رو میشود،... نه بنظرم داستان فقط این نیست.
Rubén
Muy bueno mi primer Carver. Me ha recordado al mejor Hemingway. Los cinco relatos merecen la pena, llegan al alma. Se ve que Carver tiene una habilidad especial para narrar «ese instante de sombría belleza y terrible verdad en que, de repente, lo comprendemos todo, y la vida ya nunca podrá volver a ser la misma». Me ha dejado un regusto melancólico que no pega nada en verano, pero quiero seguir leyendo más de este hombre con gran sensibilidad. Mi relato favorito '¿Qué queréis ver?', que aúna lo...more
Christine
Parts of this book are like VH1's Behind the Music, except it's about Raymond Carver instead of Aerosmith.
Danger Kallisti
Mar 13, 2008 Danger Kallisti rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Northwesterners, aspiring writers, Carver fans
Shelves: dirty-realism
I don’t think it would be fair of me to judge Carver by this book alone, and I haven’t ever read him before. Published posthumously by his wife, it groups together several unpublished stories, a novel fragment, and far too many essays and book reviews.

The stories were, by and large, beautiful, and quite literally close to home for me. He knows how to tell an honest story about heartbreak, alcoholism, and the Northwest, and since my life up to this point has been one of those, I certainly can’t...more
Sarah
This book is a made up of previously uncollected short stories, intros and essays written by Carver, and book reviews he penned as well. My favourite of all the short stories is the title one, "Call If You Need Me," in which a middle-aged couple decides to move to an isolated little beach house in Northern California or Southern Oregon to put their marriage back together. They leave their other lovers and kids and family behind and spend just a little while together to see if things can work. I...more
York
Este libro está compuesto de algunos textos, ensayos y sobras que encontraron en una carpeta vieja luego de la muerte del autor. El hombre, que forjó parte de su fama en Estados Unidos a base de sus historias breves publicadas en la revista Squire, es un referente obligado para la literatura norteamericana, como para su época lo fue John Steinbeck. Creo, con todo el riesgo de sonar demasiado fan, que Carver es el mejor equivalente anglosajón de las letras de Juan Rulfo, donde la narración de lo...more
Christian
Well, it's a mixed bag. Some of the stories are great (Dreams, Kindling in the group of new ones, The hair in the group of "only published in magazines). Some of the essays are beautiful and moving (My father's live, On writing). But the rest is just there for completeness. For example, the prologues and the reviews read in sequence get a bit repetitive and plain. Still, Carver is such a great writer that a turn of a phrase in a boring story can sometimes redeem it. My conclusion is this: he was...more
Nicholas A.
"Emptiness is the beginning of all things"
-from his Uncollected Short Story "Kindling"

Carver recieved a letter from Chekov - one that inspired Carver to write the stories he wrote:

"Friend, you don't have to write about extrodinary people who accomplish extrodinary and memorable deeds"
-Chekov

My interperation of this quote is life isn't composed of the "extrodinary" but rather the "ordinary". No matter what accomplishments make up the stature of an individual - winning a superbowl ring or puttin...more
M. Lee
The book is described as "the uncollected fiction" of Raymond Carver but it is more like the unfinished fiction of Carver. After reading so many of Carver's other collected work, I was surprised at how different these stories were--surprised enough to do a bit of research about this book and Carver. I learned that Carver had a heavy-handed editor. Not a bad thing sometimes when he edited out the sentimentality by editing out thousands of words in some of Carver's stories. The editor also wrote a...more
Joey Schwab
Only for Raymond Carver diehards. The uncollected stories are good, and the nonfiction essays are an interesting look into his influences, but ultimately it all only holds up as a bookend to his other, much better, collections.
Bastet
Me han gustado especialmente "Sueños" (en el epílogo, Tess Gallagher, la segunda mujer de Raymond Carver, dice que ese relato era el favorito de su marido, y también de ella) y el que da título al volumen. Los otros tres son ligeras variaciones sobre los mismos temas: el alcoholismo, la dificultad de convivir en pareja en la madurez y la valentía de empezar desde cero cuando casi todo está perdido. Como en todos sus relatos, el protagonista masculino de estos cinco bien podría ser el propio Carv...more
drowningmermaid
I found this quite difficult to get through. It gets an extra star because Carver is an excellent writer, and this book has some very rich writing advice.

But a great deal of this book is devoted to essays written to specific audiences (that are never explained) and book reviews. I have just read a stack of book reviews for books I have never heard of.

Carver's later, more popular short stories are works that I need to have explained to me. His early works, to me anyway, make more sense.

Overall,...more
Oleg Kagan
Raymond Carver is a gifted short story writer but collections like this, which present works like introductions, reviews, and small essays without the benefit of context do him a disservice. While the short stories here (the newer much more than the older) are typical quality Carver, everything else is limited to occasionally quotable snippets amongst, for example, descriptions of now random short stories to follow.

A book like this is for big Carver fans, and should be avoided by merely so-so fa...more
Drew
I caught up with an old friend this week.
Pouya Dakhili
The book was bits and pieces put together, but I guess it was part of its essence. Anyway, I really liked the parts that Carver in brief and simple prose expounded an idea, especcially the part he wrote about his taking creative writing classes under the supervision of John Gardner. Moreover, I always wondered why Carver does not have a novel and I got my answer in this book from the author himself. There is a fragment of a novel in the selection, so I think Carver himself thought about writing...more
Tina
love raymond carver. these are assorted writings. really enjoying picking it up and being moved for a few minutes. Also nice to find out that he has heavily influenced the writings of a friend. I was aware of him when in high school. He was compared to Hemingway and I had discovered Hemingway and so I sought out Carver. I remember hearing he died when I was at City College and it was shocking to hear that he was much younger than he seemed. It's comforting to revisit his towns.
Jeremy Bailey
Not a true collection of Carver's work, this was published posthumously if I remember correctly, and contains several short stories along with essays ranging from reviews of other authors to his personal thoughts on writing. Kindling is a fantastic story and he is probably the best short story writer I've read. For me, he pummels Updike. I would recommend this for aspiring writers and devoted fans of Carver. If you're looking for an introduction I would steer you toward Cathedral.
Matthew
It's touching how Carver looked up to Leonard Gardner when he was in his community college creative writing class, a guy with a flat top and unpublished novels he carried around in boxes. Gardner gave Carver the key to his office so he could write on Sundays and on those Sundays he would see Gardner arrive with his wife through the window and watch them enter the church across the street.

Sean Lee
I was introduced to Raymond Carver's work about seven years ago while studying for my MFA in Creative Writing and he quickly rose to the top of my favorites list. His sparse prose fleshes out very human stories that deal with the life often lived in the margins while we aspire to an expectation of what society demands of us. Like all his works, I found this an instructive and engrossing read!
Ronald Barba
Raymond Carver has that rare effect of getting me to sit quietly with my thoughts and emotions, and truly to just appreciate the silence of the world around me. It's almost unsettling, really, the way his writing forces me to think about the most affective periods in my past; consequently, reading his work motivates me to write about those events and to, like, re-evaluate life and whatever.
Oscar Torrado
Cinco relatos componen esta colección de cuentos de Raymond Carver, todos con un detalle que los une: el alcoholismo y la separación matrimonial, detalles que han estado presente en la vida del escritor, cada uno contando una historia muy diferentes que finalizan diciéndonos que a pesar de todo, la vida continua.

Relato favorito: Si me necesitas, llámame.
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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 and...more
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“Evan Connell said once that he knew he was finished with a short story when he found himself going through it and taking out commas and then going through the story again and putting the commas back in the same places. I like that way of working on something. I respect that kind of care for what is being done. That's all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones, with the punctuation in the right places so that they an best say what they are meant to say. If the words are heavy with the writer's own unbridled emotions, or if they are imprecise and inaccurate for some other reason -- if the worlds are in any way blurred -- the reader's eyes will slide right over them and nothing will be achieved. Henry James called this sort of hapless writing 'weak specification'.” 12 likes
“If we're lucky, writer and reader alike, we'll finish the last line or two of a short story and then just sit for a minute, quietly. Ideally, we'll ponder what we've just written or read; maybe our hearts or intellects will have been moved off the peg just a little from where they were before. Our body temperature will have gone up, or down, by a degree. Then, breathing evenly and steadily once more, we'll collect ourselves, writers and readers alike, get up, "created of warm blood and nerves" as a Chekhov character puts it, and go on to the next thing: Life. Always life.” 10 likes
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