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American Short Story Masterpieces by Raymond Carver
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"Masterpieces" sets the bar pretty high, but this anthology has enough variety and quality to merit it, I believe. There's a certain level of macho aesthetic permeating the collection that got a bit wearying after a while (Men Battle the Elements and Confront Death Stoically; Women Face Life with Resignation and/or Nag Men), but that's probably an inescapable result of the time period being sampled from. And some of them are truly luminous--James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" is worth four stars all on its own. The tone ranges mostly from ironic to nihilistic, so don't read this anthology if you need an emotional pick-me-up.

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Reading Progress

May 15, 2011 – Started Reading
May 15, 2011 – Shelved
July 17, 2011 – Finished Reading

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