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SUMMARY ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Raymond Carver REVIEW Í Where I’m Calling From By the time of his early death in 1988 Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the greatest practitioners of the American short story a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted 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 liuor chain smokes trailer camps hollering from foul mouths and breakdowns from beat up cars Well welcome to Carver country There are 37 stories in this Raymond Carver collection As way of providing a taste of what the reader unfamiliar with the author might expect here is a short write up on four stories each story vintage Raymond CarverTHEY RE NOT YOUR HUSBANDEarl is a salesman between jobs Earl goes to the diner where his wife Doreen works as a waitress on the night shift He overhears two men at the counter make less than flattering remarks about his wife s overly large posterior Then when Doreen leans over to scoop out ice cream we read The white skirt yanked against her hips and crawled up her legs What showed was girdle and it was pink thighs that were rumpled and gray and a little hairy and veins that spread in a berserk display The two men sitting beside Early exchanged looks The next morning Earl asks Doreen to go on a diet and lose a few pounds Doreen agrees and Earl buys a scale and with paper and pencil in hand keeps close track when Doreen steps on the scale Doreen has minimal success initially but then loses nearly 20 pounds over the next few weeks At this point Earl returns to the dinner but what happens as he sits at the counter does not fit in with his plans of redemption Ah to have a wife other men find attractive and desirableFATA fat man sits alone at a restaurant table for his evening meal He is so fat he would ualify for what we 21st century readers would term morbidly obese Unlike everyone else working at the restaurant the cook the busboy the other waitresses the narrator of the story who waits on his table is touched by the fat man s humanity And the trips to his table the greater her compassion and understanding We feel a kind of kinship with the narrator as she tells the story and speaks of the fat man s fat fingers his puffing as he sits at the table his referring to himself as we And when she is in bed that night with her boyfriend we are given the sense that she is at the beginning of a life transformation as a result of her contact with the fat manNEIGHBORSBookkeeper Bill and secretary Arlene feel isolated and see themselves as stick in the muds compared to freuent flyer on the go salesman Jim and wife Harriet Jim and Harriet go away on one of their many trips and as per usual leave their apartment key with their across the hall neighbors so Bill and Arlene can feed the cat and water the plants Reasonable reuest the courtesy and community of neighbors However this time across the hall neighbors Bill and Arlene break routine their envy and jealousy runneth over First time in the apartment Bill raids the medicine chest and pockets Harriet s pills and then moves to the living room and helps himself to a couple of good swigs of Jim s Scotch Next time in Bill commits even extreme invasions of privacy And then Arlene takes her turn invading privacy an invasion leading to ooh a naughty discovery The story ends with an unexpected twist leaving the reader with no doubts as to the depth of the couple s alienation and sadnessVITAMINSThe narrator waxes floors during the night at the local hospital and lives with out of work Patti who in her uest for self respect via employment resorts to selling vitamins door to door After her initial success Patti is promoted given a crew of girls to oversee and an office in the local mall But the vitamin job takes over Patti s life and she hates it telling the narrator she even dreams of pitching vitamins to customers Shella one of the vitamin salesgirls loves Patti Shella gets drunk and passes out at Patti s Christmas party The next morning an injured Shella wants Patti to drive her to the hospital but the narrator won t let Shella wake up Patti A cursing Shella walks out never to be seen again The story continues and we as readers are given a clear view of a world where the uest for love is never a happy one and people fall back into listening to their favorite sentimental music and hard drinking lots of hard drinking with dreams of escape to such places as Portland or Phoenix In Carver country what people are really trying to escape from is their own lives The author captures their humanity and their despair in telling detail After the Flood practitioners of 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SUMMARY ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Raymond Carver REVIEW Í Where I’m Calling From Volumes along with seven new works previosly unpublished in book form Together these 37 stories give us a superb overview of Carver's life work and show us why he was so widely imitated but never eualed I m Callin From Where And everything you love starts to disappearThe devil takes your hand and says no fear Have another shot just one beer Yeah I ve been thereThat s why I m hereKenny Chesney That s Why I m Here 1997 The Hoff HammeredUpon 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 moved by this short short story about a guy named Chef who cleans up temporarily and resumes his relationship with his long time girlfriend but then got back to digging his hole A familiar story if you re close to an alcoholic or addict Lord knows Carver was each morning he saw one in the mirror Carver and Cheever wrote alcoholics better and realistic than anyone because as they came to admit they were so afflicted I think that s a big reason why their stories are so melancholy about boozers and bad relationships they always had the feeling that they couldn t live with alcohol nor could they really live without it Booze takes a lot of time and effort if you re going to do a good job with it Carver Chef s HouseCathedral is one of my 3 personal favorite short stories It s the perfect illustration of why one should reserve judgment on others be tolerant and one could well be changed in the most dramatic cathartic ways by those our prejudice tells us seem least likely capable of doing soThis is the last collection of short stories by Carver who died from lung cancer in 1988 at the age of 50The stories primarily revolve around 2 related traumas a collapsed or collapsing marriage or long term relationship and alcoholism He survived both He surely wrote what he knew It s not a collection that I d recommend to someone suffering clinical depression 43 stars

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SUMMARY ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Raymond Carver REVIEW Í Where I’m Calling From It in the imaginations of thousands of readers 'Where I'm Calling From' his last collection encompasses classic stories from 'Cathedral' 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Love' and earlier Carver 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 30I d been interested in reading Carver since Haruki Murakami had consistently praised him in his interviews Murakami had translated Carver s collection over 14 years into Japanese and discussed his personal and professional life and writing in great detail in a 40 page interview devoted to Carver from this book I m lucky to be able to read as a Murakami fan Here are some excerpts my translation from the interview in September 2004 for the Japanese literary magazine Bungakukai While Carver s prose was realist his stories contained surprisingly strong anti realism components Things incredibly radical However there are some people who ignore those parts and just say What s new about his writing All these stories are just plain realism giving a simple perfunctory assessment On the other hand others insistently praise his writing He portrays the everyday lives of American blue collar workers brilliantly only gathering up what s on the surface In this sort of context I think Carver s true literary value was something difficult to ascertain We should also keep in mind that because Carver was a writer who grew up inside academicism he used to be entangled in rather fruitless debates such as Are creative writing courses meaningful For such trivial matters to settle down and a proper assessment of Carver s writing to be reached I think some time is needed but in any case I believe a fair number of the 70 something short stories Carver left will be passed onto future generations as classics p267What I think Carver did was utilise his own uniue system in slicing up the aspects of a situation or the world and reconstructing them into the shape of a story Of course this is or less something many authors attempt In that kind of operation the writing was not a ingredient that held an especially high importance for him It s just that going down that road of reconstruction in other words tightening the screw on his own system of writing fiction Carver s writing style surfaced into existence as a necessary product In the cases of Fitzgerald and Capote things sort of begin from the style of writing Needless to say that isn t everything but there s a wide domain managed by the writing However with Carver the writing style was satisfactory with being at a bare minimum Using bicycles as an example it would be a little crude to say a bike you d use for shopping but something like a ten speed bike was not necessary If the writing style was a truly necessary one then even if it wasn t attractive what mattered was that it did the job For example with such a simple sentence as The telephone rang while he was running the vacuum cleaner just plonking it at the start of a story brings a mysteriously strong presence with itI still love translating Fitzgerald and Capote but personally I don t really feel that I d like to write such elegant prose Just like with gazing at beautiful craftwork you d be impressed thinking this is wonderful but you wouldn t want to copy it Well okay even if I wanted to I wouldn t be able to and what I want to do is something very different anyway If there s something I ve learnt from Carver it s not going to be something individual that can be picked out such as the writing style techniue or storytelling It would be something like a recognition of how an author establishes their own uniue system of story composition and an efficient yet earnest way of bringing that to fruition or perhaps a readiness to vow to live life carrying that recognition pp 285 286For Raymond Carver the moral bare minimum was to write with desperation as if expending a piece of his own soul thus he couldn t stand people who didn t act on such morals He was a kind warm and gentle person but in an essay he confessed that he couldn t feel affection as a friend should towards those who compromised on writing or those he could only conclude must be compromising on writing In such cases his point is that he wouldn t say He s a nice guy but but the perspective of a nice guy disappears altogether With someone like that near you you really feel like you need to be serious and give your all p297June 25 2015

  • Paperback
  • 544
  • Where I’m Calling From
  • Raymond Carver
  • English
  • 15 November 2018
  • 9780679722311