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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

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With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story. In the pared-down style that has since become his hallmark, Carver showed how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people, and won a readership that grew with every subsequent brilliant collection of stories, poems and essays that appeared in the last eleven years of his life.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published 2003 by Vintage Random House (first published 1976)
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Brechtje Spoorenberg Yes! I fully recognize your feeling. By the end of almost every story I am somehow disappointed. I don't know about the biographical parallel, but…moreYes! I fully recognize your feeling. By the end of almost every story I am somehow disappointed. I don't know about the biographical parallel, but maybe this is just nog my cup of tea.(less)

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Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
And here it is...the best collection of short stories I've ever read.

Where has Carver been all my life? Why did no one slap me over the head with his work fifteen years ago? I mourn that it took me this long to discover him and now I must get my little claws on everything Carver asap.

How the heck can a writer capture so much power into super-short stories. I'm talking ten page stories. How?! Each one is a stand alone masterpiece with so much authenticity and sense of reality and yet, they are a
This has been one of the most rewarding, most enjoyable years I've had in more than two decades of being an insatiable reader. I've discovered new authors to idolize, fallen even harder for longstanding heroes, experienced the rabid glee of revisiting much-loved works and immersed myself in genres that I suddenly cannot live without. Unfortunately, the awe of January's introduction to the raw beauty of Raymond Carver (who has forever changed my interest in and opinion of short stories for the be ...more
David Schaafsma
Had to drive a bit and I just happened to see this as an audiobook edition of the collection from a master short story writer, one of the best ever, imo; he is sometimes referred to disparagingly as a "K-mart realist." In other words, a working class writer, writing about the down and out. Since I grew up working class, I have always liked the world out of which Carver writes. He's a minimalist in the tone of Edward Hopper. Or think of him as a working-class Hemingway; no adverbs, everything st ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buổi tối, đọc nốt mấy truyện ngắn còn lại trong tập này tự nhiên thấy buồn buồn. Chính xác, cô đọng, nắm bắt tâm lý nhân vật môt cách cực kỳ bản năng và rất mực tàn nhẫn. Tình yêu, hôn nhân, cuộc đời, và những sự bất toàn. Hình như không có truyện ngắn nào trong cả tập truyện này là một câu chuyện hạnh phúc hay khiến người ta vui vẻ và tin tưởng vào hạnh phúc cả.

Ơr Việt Nam, Nguyễn Huy Thiệp cũng là một cây bút viết truyện ngắn không khoan nhượng và nhiều khi tàn nhẫn, nhưng ở ông vẫn có sự trắc
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana, racconti
Ogni scusa è buona per rileggere un racconto di Carver, tanto sono corti, si leggono in poco tempo. E, non c’è niente da fare, ogni volta che mi immergo in un suo racconto (bastano poche parole, anche meno di un rigo, perché lui mi catapulti altrove), mi viene da chiedermi in quale altro modo si possa scrivere un racconto: c’è solo il suo modo, è perfetto, senza difetti. Poi, certo, magari quando prendo in mano quelli di Dubus mi chiedo la stessa cosa.

”Short Cuts-Ameri
Paul Bryant
You can use this book as an antidote to Donald Barthelme. And then if you get too minimal you can add a bit of Barthelme back into the mix. Like a cocktail. I can't imagine those two would get on in shortstorywriterheaven. I bet the Minimalists and the Pomos have vicious football matches every Sunday. Brute strength and singleness of purpose vs. fancy footwork and sneering.

Note on Short Cuts by Robert Altman, a movie made out of Carver stories : surprisingly, nay, amazingly, it's great. In true
Ben Winch
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A recent discussion of “The Canon” here on Goodreads prompts me to write this review of a writer who, like it or not Pynchon and McElroy fans, will probably enter the canon. “Will you please be quiet, please?” The line is Hemingway’s and, though it’s quoted by Carver in the text, is repurposed as title-story by editor/mentor Gordon Lish with, I can’t help feeling, a sly nod to all those “postmodernists” intent on outdoing Joyce or Melville. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but hell, is
Ron Nie
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Atmospheric, ominous, and altogether too close to home.
Given the skill of the writing, it would be too vulgar, too obvious, and too easy to write my first thought: that Carver 'reveals the dark side of modern life' - that's one lame description of art that deserves far better.
But even though I'm sick as hell, I found this collection formidable, so I'll try to articulate the nugget of value in that cliche: For me, what makes Carver such a voice is that he works in subtle shifts and quiet turns.
Barry Pierce
Oohhh I like Carver. Nothing happens in this short stories, they're great. This collection is very good, there are some bumps along the road but that's to be expected in a collection of 22 stories. I'll definitely be reading more Carver.

Description: With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story. In the pared-down style that has since become his hallmark, Carver showed how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people, and won a readership that grew with every subsequent brilliant collection of stories, poems and essays that appeared in the last eleven years of his life.

Had this onhold for so long that this visit is a complete reboot. Carver wrote as Hopper painted, maybe the connecti
Silvia Sirea
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi sembra sempre di entrare nelle vite degli altri senza aver chiesto il permesso ogni volta che leggo Carver. E' una sensazione strana, non si sa come ci si dovrebbe comportare, se chiedere scusa e sperare di essere invitati a rimanere oppure desiderare di essere scoperti ed intimati di andare via immediatamente.
I suoi racconti sono fatti di momenti e spesso sono quelli che durano un battito di ciglia che tendono a rivoluzionare le cose. C'è sempre qualcosa di non detto, il mistero che trapela
Sarah Etter
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i do not understand why i am never sick of raymond carver. somehow, i just plow through every story, even though most of the time it's clear it's going to end up like most carver stories do - with some bloody thread hanging there untied, hinting at something really awful.

but out of all of his short story collections (minus, you know, the big one of all the stories), this one is my favorite, i think. maybe it's because it opens with a fat man from the circus in a diner. that's very possibly the
Nick Pageant
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Maya and Sofia for the BR.

This is a tricky collection of stories. All are very subtle and simple. I loved it.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of strange and disturbing short stories with weird titles, elusive meanings and rather abrupt endings. Raymond Carver has a unique way of offering us a glimpse into the inner lives of his characters. He uses their physical actions and bursts of short conversation but very little actual description of what the character is going through. It is all about the way the stories make you feel. Most of the stories involved a random happening in the life of an individual or a couple ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Due back to the library today, they only have one copy and it's a big library system with many branches, I once read that Carver is one of the authers whose's books are most stolen, maybe that is why they only have one. The librarian wouldn't give the address or even a name of the person who requested it. I can't fathom why, all I would do was contact whoever it was and say to them , "You read Carver and so do I, What's your most favorite one and hey let's get coffee, cause us readers have to st ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-america
These stories are uniformly bleak, piercing vignettes into the disappointments and insecurities of working class people. The relentlessness of the raw pain on display here was very stark and at times very, very difficult to continue reading. That being said, these are some of the most beautifully written stories you are likely to come across, even if you need to take some time to recuperate in between finishing one and starting another.
Some of the stories deserve a hundred stars... and applause, and fireworks, and a little dread.
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

Reading such stories about the everyday minutae of American life without the political or Hollywood hype sometimes makes me sad. It does make me compare my life which is far away from America and see what's the same and the differences. Basically though I see the universal realities, basic human needs remain the same, basic human insecurities remain the same, different culturals then jump in to add more difficulty, like different perceptions of how to live a good life, priorities etc. I like exp
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection was my introduction to Raymond Carver, a writer who I’ve been eager to read for a long time since I found out he was writing buddy to one of my favourites of all time, John Cheever. The Stories of John Cheever is a prized possession in my bookcase. They are a revelation to me; despite their brevity, the poetic force and lyricism is sometimes more than I can find in a single novel.

But enough about Cheever. Carver is quite a different proposition. To begin with, he mainly focuses
Maru Kun
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“He lies on his back for a time and pulls the hair on his stomach, considering.”

What man has not done this? Whether part of God’s grand design or good old fashioned evolution Raymond Carver has revealed to the world the purpose of male stomach hair: an aid to male cognition. I wonder what women do?

As well as being full of acute observations about male stomach hair and other aspects of human behavior these stories are full of the psychology of things unsaid or understandings not shared. As well
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sad, really heart-breaking collection of little stories; each one of them masterfully built.

I remember back in the 80's, when I wasn't reading literature, how Carver was mocked by many in the media for his minimalist style -- yet not a hint about the emotional intelligence contained in his writings. Just wonderful.

It's also a small personal triumph for me, as I'm learning finally how to read short story collections.

Anyway, great stuff.
Portal in the Pages
Perfectly lovely stories, just not my thing.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, racconti
Su Carver e la sua scrittura sono stati scritti fiumi di parole, tutte condivisibili. E’ lo scrittore che ha impresso una svolta nelle short stories, caratterizzandole per i temi e per lo stile in modo inconfondibile, è il cesellatore di storie di ordinaria normalità, fatta di mariti stanchi, padri distratti, mogli bugiarde e insoddisfatte; insomma egli descrive un universo di “insana” normalità nel quale ognuno di noi per qualche verso si ritrova, che la scrittura di Carver immortala come una f ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Were there other men, he wondered drunkenly, who could look at one event in their lives and perceive in it the tiny makings of the catastrophe that thereafter set their lives on a different course?

We meet the characters in most of the stories at moments in their lives when something had suddenly caused them a major distress, and it seems everything will change - for good or bad - as a result. As the stories unfold, however, it becomes clear that they shouldn’t have been surprised they came to
Từng nghe đồn rằng Raymond Carver là tác giả có ảnh hưởng lớn đến đại văn hào toàn hụt Nobel Haruki Murakami và hóa ra là thế thật khi Haruki đã ngợi khen truyện ngắn "So much water, so close to home" của Raymond Carver là “goes beyond simple realism.” Quàooooooooooo :]]]]]] Cá nhân mình thích tác giả Haruki cùng hầu hết các tác phẩm của ông, và hoàn toàn không thích cái phần nhỏ mà Haruki giống Ramond Carver. Các truyện ngắn trong "Em làm ơn im đi, được không?" có realism, ừ , quá realism đi ch ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
non è facile arrivare in fondo ad un libro così: ad ogni racconto diventa talmente amaro e disperato che al termine DEVI fermarti un attimo per riprenderti. ogni racconto è incredibilmente verosimile, potrebbe essere la storia che qualcuno ti sta raccontando in un bar: la grandezza di carver per me è anche in questo, la sua capacità di essere tanto credibile quanto universale.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veintidós relatos cortos promedio de diez páginas, situaciones minimalistas, una venta urgente de un auto, una cena en un restaurant fino, un granjero y sus tierras sin usar usurpadas, etc.
Algunos de los finales son abiertos o abruptos pero igual son casi todos del mismo nivel y con el mismo efecto. Una lectura agradable que atrapa en su corta extensión. Es ideal para ir intercalando con otras lecturas.
Meghan Fidler
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Haruki Murakami translated this book (and many of the works of Scott Fitzgerald) into Japanese... and with good reason. Raymond Carver is an excellent distiller of the middle-class suburban American experience, and this book contains 22 short stories which begin without a beginning, and end without ending, holding the readers' attention through subtle underlying tensions between characters. They fit wonderfully into Japanese expectations of contemporary storytelling.
The short stories captivate
James Barker
Twenty years ago, while undertaking creative writing at university, the name Raymond Carver was bandied about almost like a decree: to understand how good short stories can be, you MUST read him.

I'm red-faced to admit that it has taken me this long to heed that advice because 'Will You Be Quiet, Please?' is extraordinary- so human despite its stripped back emotion, so full of perception, so concerned with ordinary life, the fragility of connection, with loneliness, deceit, the surreal nature of
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storie ad altissimo contenuto umano, stile elegante, esatto e ispirato, narrazione sintetica connotata da intensa pregnanza: queste sono alcune delle caratteristiche conosciute dei racconti di Carver, che si ritrovano immutate e potenti in questo volume. Che vi racconti due ragazzi alle prese con la trota più grande che si sia mai vista, i tormenti di un uomo che vuole abbandonare il cane dei suoi figli o vi descriva una gelosia che non si riesce a sopire, l'autore non rinuncia mai ad avvicinars ...more
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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. He ...more
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