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Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لِما لا ترقصان ؟...
قصة قصيرة رائعة للكاتب الأمريكي " ريموند كارفر" ..
أنت بعينين شاردتين غارقتين تبحث عما وراء كل تلك التفاصيل الصغيرة.. تحاول أن ترصد اللحظة التي ما قبل كل ذاك...تلتقط كل ما في الهواء وتملأ الفراغات....
عندئذٍ تدرك أن في اللحظة التي تشهد وداعاً لحياة ما...ثمة لقاء يجمع اثنين في اللحظة ذاتها..
هنا ثمة لفتة عابرة تلامس قلبك وإذا ما أردت توصيفها وتظن بأنه يُمكنك ذلك...تحاول ولكن بعد وهلة ستكف عن المحاولة....وتتوقف..
إنهم يحسبون أنهم قد رأوا كل ما يمكن أن يروه هنا ، ولكنهم لم يروا هذا
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: very-short
I've stumbled upon a couple of Raymond Carver's short stories and, clearly, I'm hooked. This was read as a part of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

This story had three characters: two are a young couple furnishing a new apartment together and it's assumed that they are starting a new life together, while the other is an older man selling his furniture, drinking and seems to be starting a new life alone. I won't really delve too deeply into what my take-away is as it really should be l
Apphia Barton
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favs. First heard on the Paris Review Podcast. Carver's simplicity is refreshing in a world where literary works are expected to be inaccessible and must be layered, prove its intellectuality, and have multiple meanings in order to achieve depth, praise and acceptance. He does so much with so little. ...more
Buse Bastanci
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Why Don’t You Dance” by Raymond Carver is one of the best short stories which represents the ıceberg theory in literature very well because it leaves many unaswered questions and pushes the reader to think about story’s background, after the story. Even though Carver doesn’t tell much about the girl and the boy, the reader can understand that they are a couple and they start a new life by buying some furniture for their house. The story seems like a positive story by this manner but when we loo ...more
Almira Beste
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Why Don’t You Dance?” (1977) by Raymond Carver is a great example of using ellipsis and subliminal messages in a short story. The story is located in a middle-aged man’s yard who sells his furniture for an unknown reason. The story is about conversations between a middle-aged man, a young girl and boy who buy some and spend time with him. After giving them a bargain, the man offers alcohol and puts on a record. After a while, the girl dances with both the boy and the man. The ending of the stor ...more
Skye Heaton-heather
A brilliant short short-story with one uncanny setting, three characters and a host of unanswered questions. A man recreates the interior of his house on his front lawn for the world to see. A young couple presume the furniture is for sale. Negotiation leads to an unfolding evening soiree with whiskey and ever increasing sense of the strange. A tersely written snapshot open to multiple interpretations.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
American writer Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About When We Talk About Love” is a short story collection published in 1981. “Why Don’t You Dance?” is a good example of minimalist realism with a depressed tone. When examining the old man’s saying about to turn off the TV and put on a record, the story is probably set in outskirts of America in 1970’s. The beginning part is about an old man who moves his furnitures from his home to the frontyard while he is drinking whiskey. Th ...more
Ege Uslu
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Want to read something realist but don't like many details ? This short story is just for you. Raymond Carver's "Why Don't You Dance ?" is a short story published in 1977. The story is set on a roughly similar time as the story itself(70's) and on outside. An old man had arranged a yard sale in a very distinctive way: everything stood as if there were walls around them and machinery even worked thanks to extension cords. There is no information is given why this yard sale is going on though, or ...more
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Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
EL 17.
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New romance amidst the remains of another
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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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