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Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver
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May 15, 12

bookshelves: american-fiction, american-short-stories
Read in April, 2012

I've been a fan of Raymond Carver for quite some time now, and it's nice to see his greatest hits collected in one place. Revisiting Cathedral and What We Talk About and A Small, Good Thing is always a lovely experience for me. Also, you get to look at Carver's career arc, from his admittedly not-as-great earlier stories to the home runs he was hitting later in life.

I was intrigued as well as by the handful of stories that had never made book form before this volume, some of which are quite excellent-- one of these is a decidedly out-of-character story about Chekhov's death, which is perhaps the only story Carver wrote about anyone other than sad heavy-drinking Californians finding meaning through little symbols. Check it out!
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message 1: by Rayroy (new) - added it

Rayroy A Small, Good Thing, just struck a cord with me at first I thought it was just a story about a birthday cake...

message 2: by Rayroy (new) - added it

Rayroy I think nearly all his stories are in this collection, the seven new ones appear a few years a later in the collection elephant

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