Jul 20, 14
Read from May 13 to 23, 2010
If every story in this collection had the weight and power and compact eloquence of "Nobody Said Anything" or "Jerry and Molly and Sam," it would have been an easy five stars. It would have been an easy six stars.
Carver's economical style gives such life and depth of feeling (mostly sadness) to these stories, yet is sort of unfinished or monotonous in many of the others. I usually prefer more verbosity in my reading, but I would not hesitate to pick up another Carver collection -- in fact, I plan to do so in order to replicate the "WOW!" feeling I got from the two aforementioned stories.