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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
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Jun 04, 2012

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Read from June 02 to 04, 2012 — I own a copy

I read through this short collection rather quickly. My initial reaction was that I didn't enjoy Carver as much as I initially thought, but in retrospect, it's not that I don't enjoy his work as a whole, it's that I prefer to read his stories on their own, rather than reading through an entire collection all at once. Due to the simplicity of the stories, I find I like to mull them over longer--and even discuss them, rather than absorbing them and moving on.

Two of these stories I had read already--"The Bath" and the title story. I actually enjoy the latter revision of "The Bath" more--"A Small, Good Thing"--but as I tell my fiction students when I give them those two stories, it really depends on the day of the week. Sometimes I like the simpler telling, sometimes the more characterized one.

I can see why so many people struggle to write Carver-style... and why it's really a hopeless endeavor to try, if it's not your style. There's only one Carver. And, apparently, I can only take him in small doses, anyway.

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