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Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

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The last story collection published during Carver's life (he died in 1988) contains most of his greatest hits from his earlier books, as well as seven stories that hadn't been collected up to that point. The breadth of the collection makes these 37 stories an extremely complete map of Carver territory, of a particular area of America and of the specific texture of the peop ...more
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Patina Ulrich I think that's kind of the point. His writing isn't supposed to be interesting or involving, really. It's not fancy, shiny, sensual, romantic, elabora…moreI think that's kind of the point. His writing isn't supposed to be interesting or involving, really. It's not fancy, shiny, sensual, romantic, elaborate, etc. It's raw, bland, and chewy. Kind of cowboy-esque. The simplicity and ambiguity in a way opens up the options for interpretations. There also might be generational and cultural information/nuances that the reader cannot relate to or pick up on.(less)
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Glenn Russell
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The typical profile of an American adult reader of literature is a college-educated professional making a decent salary in a choice environment such as the publishing industry, law office, consulting firm or college or university. But how about the other America, populated by men and women worlds away from ever reading literary works, men and women living in the raw-boned land of work boots, crap jobs, hard liquor, chain smokes, trailer camps, hollering from foul mouths and breakdowns from beat-
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Peter
It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we're talking about when we talk about love.

Life has a way of breaking even the strongest of hearts, of dashing families, friendships and lovers against the cold rocks of reality, leaving hopes and dreams to drown beneath the waves of approaching days.Through his short life—the chord of life severed by his own vices—Raymond Carver (May 25, 1938 – August 2, 1988) created a body of work that dives into the wreckage of such lives to
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Robert Altman e Tess Gallagher, la vedova di Raymond Carver, durante le riprese del film.

Prima di morire, nel 1988, Carver selezionò proprio questi trentasette racconti per la sua ultima antologia in vita, presumibilmente quelli che lui considerava i suoi migliori.
Per me, il meglio del meglio. Non esiste nessuno come Carver. E se anche esistesse, Carver sarebbe meglio.

Foto locandina di “Short Cuts”, 1993. Il film è a colori, ma io ho preferito selezionare immagini in b&w.

Storie d
Glenn Sumi

I wanted the first book I read in 2018 to be special, and this classic selection of stories by Raymond Carver – the final book he published during his lifetime (he died in 1988 at the incredibly young age of 50) – fit the bill.

Here, presented in chronological order, are 37 stories representing more than two decades’ work. Some of them are among the most powerful and influential works of short fiction published in the late 20th century.

Most are written in a clear, unpretentious voice that’s suf
این داستان یادم آورد که همیشه از این متنفر بودم و هستم که برای مسافرت رفتن کلید خونه رو به دست کسی بسپرم که به اصطلاح به خونه مون سر بزنه ! بیشتر اوقات طرفی که کلید رو میگیره دست به کارهایی توی حریم آدم میزنه که اگر خبر دار بشیم شوکه میشیم ! از فضولی تو کشو ها و آلبوم های خانوادگی گرفته تا پوشیدن لباس ها و با اونها مهمونی رفتن و کم شدن بعضی وسایل یا گم شدن شون و خشک شدن گل گلدون هایی که قراره بوده آبیاری بشن و مریض شدن حیوون خونگی که قراره بوده مرتب بهش غذا داده بشه و ...
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L’altro pomeriggio sabato, ferma ad un semaforo in attesa della freccia di svolta a sinistra, occhio nello specchietto retrovisore che mi restituisce un’immagine nitidamente perfetta non accecata dalla luce di una giornate di sole né oscurata dal buio notturno.
Come fosse lo schermo rettangolare di un cinema in un contrasto di bianco e nero vedo una coppia perfettamente a fuoco nell’auto che mi sta dietro.
Sono di mezza età né brutti né belli, vestit
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

In keeping with my “study” of the short story, I figured it was about time I picked up Raymond Carver. (Call me a late-bloomer.) The only story I had previously read by him was Cathedral, which is excellent. This is basically a story about a skeptical, somewhat superficial man who is taught by a blind man how to “see”.

The 37 stories in this 526 page collection are arranged chronologically. The final story, called Errand, unpublished at the time of Carver’s untimely death, begins with the
Jim Fonseca
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories from a writer considered by many to be one the master of the modern short story. Many of the stories have a flavor of the author’s youth (let’s say the 1940’s and 50’s since Carver was born in 1938 and died at age 50) even though they were written in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The stories have acquired a patina of quaintness from that era: boys on bikes going fishing in the local creek; door-to-door salesmen; everyone smokes; everyone drinks scotch; the mailman knows ev ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devo dire che con nessun altro autore l'effetto sorpresa è stato più violento che con Carver. Le tre ore senza interruzioni in cui mi spazzolai da cima a fondo “Di cosa parliamo quando parliamo d’amore” rimarranno una delle mie esperienze più significative di lettore, le paragonai ad una donna incontrata in vacanza. Se quella stessa donna te la porti a casa la magia finisce; inizia qualcos’altro, ma la magia va persa. Alcuni racconti sono la versione extended di quelli pubblicati in altre raccol ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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[2.75] This book includes "the best" stories from other collections including What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Choosing this sweeping collection of over 3 dozen stories as an introduction to Carver was a mistake. Carver is known for his minimalism - the “less is more” school. The flip of that was certainly true for me. The more I read, the less I liked the stories. After the first few stories, I would have rated the book a solid 4 stars. By the end, my rating was hovering around 2 st ...more
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miles Davis once said, when asked why he played such minimalist, modal melodies when his contemporaries were going for the more fevered, manic sound of be-bop, "I try to only play the notes that matter."

That's Raymond Carver. Sparse, deceptively simple, and capable of tearing your soul out by hitting the right notes, consistently, and with purity.

Some of these stories sometimes didn't even strike me as I read them. I'd put the book down, walk away, and hours later, not be able to shake the image
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Junta by: Haruki Murakami
Murakami on Carver

I've never read so many stories about divorcees, unhappy marriages or relationships, dysfunctional families and alcoholics. Carver's writing was incredibly real, and this collection will definitely stay in my memory - I'll be picking this up again down the track, and maybe I will connect with it on a deeper level as I catch up to the ages of the characters, whom are generally older than 30.

I'd been interested in reading Carver since Haruki Murakami had consistently praised
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm Callin' From Where?
"And everything you love starts to disappear,
The devil takes your hand and says no fear,
'Have another shot, just one more beer.'
Yeah I've been there,
That's why I'm here."
Kenny Chesney, That's Why I'm Here, 1997

The Hoff, Hammered

Upon starting my own literary renaissance, as part of a mid-life identity crisis, about 9 years ago, I hadn't heard of Raymond Carver. On the New Yorker's monthly fiction podcast, I heard a reading of Carver's short story, "Chef's House." I was
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Obliquity & ellipses define Carver's minimal prose. It's a threadbare style that doesn't give you much to chew on but somehow it captures the threadbare lives scattered across these stories perfectly. There's sadness & desolation here that would numb you to the point of oblivion, the coiling despair tightening & tightening around you like a python's grip till you are swallowed whole into its blackness. Carver takes the ephemera and flotsam of non-descript, everyday life that no one would stop to ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ieri SKY+qualcosa ha dedicato la serata alla regia di Altman. Inizio a guardare America Oggi e dopo pochi minuti sono un po’ confusa – so di non aver mai visto il film, ma lo conosco - mi informo e realizzo che è basato sui racconti di Raymond Carver. Dopo essermi detta: quanto ignori, ragazza mia, me ne sono fatta una ragione e ho voluto ben predispormi alla visione, nella volontà di rettificare la mia opinione su Carver che, come ho scritto precedentemente ma qui sotto – non av
Matthew Quann
It's been an absolute pleasure over the past two months to read through this life-spanning collection of Raymond Carver short stories. I was turned onto Where I'm Calling From after reading Glenn Sumi's glowing review, and I'm more than happy to report that he didn't lead me astray!

Carver's stories all share the ability to convey powerful emotion with stunning linguistic economy. The language is always easy to read, even if the content is not. Over the course of the 37 stories in this collection
Ciao Ray,
stasera pensavo a te. Ho preso la tua raccolta di racconti preferiti e ne ho riletti alcuni. Non capisco perché alcuni miei amici, pur apprezzandoti, ritengano che tu sia deprimente. Io trovo forza nelle tue storie, anche disperazione, ma nessuno dei tuoi personaggi si compiange e non fa nulla, anzi. C'è un' accecante passione verso la vita, il fare, il ripromettersi che la prossima volta non commetteranno lo stesso errore, anche se sbagliano ancora e ancora. Ma Dio, siamo uomini, no? C
Jun 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: men, modern literature fans, people who haven't read any Carver
A band I loved in high school -- Peter Parker, of course -- had a song named "Where I'm Calling From," which was based on the title of this book, so I was implored to pick it up.

I started read it there and then, and while I think some of the brilliance was hard for my young mind to grasp, there was plenty of it that I could appreciate, despite my naivete. "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" is one of my runaway favorites - I tried to do my own short story tribute to it (but failed miser
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stories included here are:

Nobody Said Anything
The Student's Wife
They're not your Husband
What do you do in San Fransico?
What's in Alaska?
Put Yourself in My Shoes
Are these actual Miles?
One More Thing
Little Things
Why Don't you Dance?
A Serious Talk
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
The Third Thing That Killed my Father Off
So Much water so close to Home
The Calm
Where I'm Calling From
Chef's House
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to be one of the few people who managed to read this before seeing the Altman film Short Cuts, which is based on nine of the stories. I also like Short Cuts more than most of my friends. Possibly there's some connection.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Da dove sto chiamando" è una raccolta di 37 dei migliori racconti di Carver. Carver, con la sua grande capacità e invettiva, ci porta nella sua America.
L'America raccontata e descritta da Carver è completamente ddiiversa dalla America che siamo abituati a conoscere. Non è l'America dei sogni che si realizzano, ma è l'America dei sogni infranti, della disperazione.
I racconti di Carver sono vere e proprie pennellate di vita. Sono pennellate che raccontano e descrivono la desolazione, l'incomuni
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Joseph by: A professor I met in Croatia(East Michigan State) with whom I sp
Suffice it to say that Carver is universally recognized as one of the leading lights of Modern American Fiction.Admired by college professors as well as more casual readers, Carver is as enjoyable a read as you will find.Choosing his heroes from everyday life, Carver is that rare writer who is both well respected yet easy to read.
With Carver, it's difficult to choose a favorite.Each story is of the highest quality , a reflection of just how consistent a fine writer Carver is.While this collecti
Leo Robertson
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a casual re-read—I fell out of a Carver mood mid-book so I'm out. I stand by what I said last time below anyway :)

Some excellent, some great, too many overall- dampens the effect of each.

The stories from Cathedral and especially Elephant are his best :)
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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i enjoyed most of the stories. two in particular that i really enjoyed were elephant (best ending) and a small good thing (all around great. tearjerker) read it. highly recommend.

this review would be much better buttttt i lost my notes.
A straightforward story about an average married couple who wish to emulate their neighbors. Carver does not add flourish or fancy or much finesse to his writing, but he does examine idealism, materialism, and other themes within this short story. Not the most exciting material but an okay read.
Larry Bassett
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
When I read a book of short stories, I usually wait eagerly for the title story, the one that the book is named after. And then I wonder how that selection was made. In this case the stories are gathered from several previous collections but only one was chosen to be the title of the book. Often in the review of a book of short stories, like this one, the reviewer will summarize several stories to give you a flavor of the book. Other reviewers have done that with Where I’m Calling From so I will ...more
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Elefante, ovvero l'importanza di esserci per gli altri

Carver amava la filosofia della libertà di Jaspers e forse mai, come in questo racconto, è riuscito a dimostrare quanto sia catartico scoprire chi si è nel mondo. In questa puntata di 42 si parla del nostro ruolo nelle relazioni, di scelte e, ovviamente, di filosofia della libertà dalla musica degli Smiths.
Eddie Generous
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The majority of stories collected here are five-star reads, that said, I'm glad I parcelled this out over eleven months. Carver's voice and style are fantastic, and most of his stories rely heavily on those two strengths. Character studies over plot. Reality over sensationalism. Monotony explored and conquered. Humanity. Vulnerability. Frustration. Addiction. Love. Lost love. The occasional dead body. Carver is one of the greatest short story writers, period, and this book is a bit like a greate ...more
Adrian Stumpp
Raymond Carver is generally accepted as the master of the contemporary American short story, and while I have a knee-jerk balk at such high praise of Carver's work, no one more deserving of the epithet comes immediately to mind. Don't get me wrong. I love Carver. He's a very good, very talented, subtle, and perceptive writer. On the other hand, I do not believe he's a very good stroyteller. What he pens aren't exactly page-turners. I've read stories that were difficult to describe because so muc ...more
Jan 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Carver's writing style. The conversations are jarring.
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like finidng your best friend's favorite shirt in your girlfriend's hamper, this hurts, but man does it hurt good. the weakest story in here is still one of the greatest short stories of all time. the best seem like they happened to you. prey they never do.
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Still good.
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Some of Carver's best short stories. A Small Good Thing was one of the short stories which was the basis for Altman's film, Shortcuts.
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Recommends it for: Everyone
I discovered Raymond Carver about a decade ago and have borrowed some of his books from libraries. I recently purchased four of his books. I love his style of writing... the short stories, poems etc. The short story, "Where I'm Calling From" is one of my all time favorites. I think that I am going to make it a habit to read a Carver story or poem every day.
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Mar 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the last set of dialogue in "distance" is the best of all carver i think. but its sort of silly to even say 'the best of carver". I especially love reading tess gallagher. i think it's a lot of fun to read literary couples in tandem.
Did you know that Raymond Carver's editor, Gordon Lish, may have been uniquely responsible for creating the signature 'Carveresque' style? It gives one pause to think and, perhaps, raise a glass (of ginger ale for all those now on the wagon) to good editors. But regardless, Carver writes pitch perfect short stories almost every single time. (With the notable exception of "Why Don't You Dance" he always knows when his stories are finished and really captures single moments without getting distrac ...more
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Carver was born into a poverty-stricken family at the tail-end of the Depression. 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 saw this opportunity as a turni ...more

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