Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories
By the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the great practitioners of the American short story, a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted it in the imaginations of thousands of readers. Where I'm Calling From, his last collection,... show more
By the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the great practitioners of the American short story, a writer who had not only found his own voice but imprinted 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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, and earlier Carver volumes, along with seven new works previously unpublished in book form.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 equaled.
Publish date: September 12th 2000
Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
Pages no: 526
Edition language: English
Even though this collection is missing one of my favorite stories of Raymond Carver ("Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?"), I still consider this the definitive Raymond Carver collection. Some of his greatest stories are included here. It was almost like discovering Carver for the first time again....
I read these stories slowly over the course of the summer, a couple at a time, so as to give each one its due and so as not to make my heart break.
Like the Alice Munro stories, this is another book I've read I don't know how many times, but one Flaky Genius and I are reading as part of her master's classes. Carver is always unsettling, always interesting. A bit of a downer to read, though, Carver's stories are almost across the board about bro...
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.