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Call If You Need Me

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,386 ratings  ·  67 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 Five previously unpublished stories have recently been discovered, and this new volume brings together all of his uncollected fiction, including a fragment of an unfinished nov ...more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 January 1st 2000)
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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
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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
Quarantadue Larisposta
La raccolta di racconti di Carver si apre con un bellissimo racconto: Legna da ardere. Secondo noi il tema centrale di questo, come degli ultimi racconti di Carver, risiede nell'idea del "cambiamento".
Questo il podcast della puntata:
https://soundcloud.com/radiokairos/42...
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
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Roberto
"Aprì il taccuino e in cima a una pagina bianca scrisse le parole ‘il vuoto è l'inizio di tutte le cose’. Rimase a fissare questa frase e poi scoppiò a ridere. Gesù, che cazzata!"

“Se hai bisogno, chiama” è una raccolta di racconti brevi di Carver; nella prima parte ci sono i suoi racconti postumi, nella seconda quelli giovanili.

Quali sono i temi conduttori della raccolta? Sono quelli suoi tipici: il fallimento del matrimonio, i rapporti di coppia, l’alcol. I personaggi sono persone ordinarie, s
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Jo-sie
Jun 20, 2013 Jo-sie 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
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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.
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…”
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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."
John T.
Rimase a pensare un attimo, poi aprì il taccuino e in cima a una pagina bianca scrisse le parole "Il vuoto è l'inizio di tutte le cose".


I racconti inediti di Carver, i racconti lasciati ancora a stagionare all'interno di archivi e cassetti della scrivania, i racconti che purtroppo hanno trovato la luce solo dopo lo spegnimento del loro grande autore.
Con Se hai bisogno, chiama, di Carver si riuniscono ancora una volta i temi principali della poetica: il matrimonio difficile e pieno di insidie, la
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Kaveh
خیلی از داستان های این کتاب خوشم نیامد. مخصوصا از از داستانهای ابتدای کتاب. بعضیهایش را هم در کتاب "" وقتی از عشق حرف میزنیم "" خوانده بودم. بعد از داستانهای کارور ، حتما باید یک کتاب پرجنب و جوشتر خواند. چون فضای داستانهایش خسته میکند آدم را. ...more
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.
Andy
Worth reading for the eponymous story, one of Carver's best.
Marco Freccero
Era la metà di agosto e Meyers era sospeso a metà tra una vita e l’altra.

Questa è una raccolta di racconti di Carver. Alcuni sono postumi, trovati tra le sue carte dopo la sua morte. Altri invece sono stati scritti in gioventù e quindi si può avere una sorta di panoramica sull’attività di questo scrittore statunitense.

L’incipit che apre il post è del racconto “Legna da ardere” e mi sono chiesto se la ripetizione della parola “metà” sia dovuta a distrazione.

Quando la ripetizione è un disturbo, e
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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
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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
Sarah Sexton
While I enjoyed Carver's simplistic, down-to-earth stories about worn down relationships, I was surprised at how much I also enjoyed the essays he included in this book. His description of his writing process and how it's changed over time really validated my own process for me and revived my enthusiasm for setting aside time to get some rough drafts down on paper. I borrowed a copy of this from the library, but will definitely be purchasing a copy to keep.
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
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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,
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Martin
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manfred
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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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“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.” 17 likes
“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'.” 14 likes
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