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American Short Story Masterpieces by Raymond Carver
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Of all the great stories in this anthology, it's hard to beat Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find." I'd forgotten how delightful the writing is. Her ability to vivify these characters with so few strokes of the brush is sheer magic. We meet a mother "whose face was as broad and innocent as a cabbage and was tied around with a green head-kerchief that had two points on the top like rabbit's ears." Does it get better than that?

Another favorite is John Gardner's Redemption, for its pathos and for the language.

It's a cliche to say that the stories were uneven in quality, so I won't. I'll just say that about one-third were unforgettable, and I'll return to them time and time again.

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Reading Progress

May 5, 2010 – Shelved
October 24, 2013 – Started Reading
October 25, 2013 – Finished Reading

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