What We Talk about When We Talk about Love: Stories by Raymond CarverWhat We Talk about When We Talk about Love: Stories by Raymond Carver

What We Talk about When We Talk about Love: Stories

byRaymond Carver

Paperback | June 18, 1989

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In his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.
Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted int...
Title:What We Talk about When We Talk about Love: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.99 × 5.16 × 0.48 inPublished:June 18, 1989Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0679723056

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Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Short Story Collection Ever Most of the time, short story books don't work because there are bad ones in between the good ones. This is the exception. It's GORGEOUS.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One more thing... A review of Raymond Carver's What We Talk about When We Talk about Love I finally got around to reading Raymond Carver, WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE: STORIES. I’ll say from the outset that I think it is worth three maple leaves, but I’ve given it four because of the title story, “What we talk about…” which was the best in the volume. As many know, Carver worked under the dictatorial direction of Gordon Lish and a lot of ink has been spilled about that. It is interesting to learn more about the author-editor struggles in the same kind of way it is interesting to know how sausage is made. But, that’s neither here nor there when it comes to the final product. Carver’s language is minimalist, to be sure. In fact, there isn’t much left. Everything is stark. Short. Black space fills the page. The occasional word. Expressed, awkwardly. He goes. She goes. She says. He says. What about? The things we say when we drink. Passing time: “Anyway, one thing and the other” (23). Waiting: “I was trying to think of something to say” (13). Dialogue. “Holly,” I go. “It’s true, Duane,” she goes. “Just don’t argue with me,” she goes. (24) Pretty much everything runs like that, I go. &&&& &&&& &&&& The following quotes are from the title story, which I liked very much: “What do you do with love like that?” (138) “I sure as hell wouldn’t call it love.” (142) “The serfs never had it good.” (148) “I could hear the human noise we sat there making…” (154)
Date published: 2008-02-06

Table of Contents

Why Don't You Dance?
Mr. Coffee and Mr. Fixit
I Could See the Smallest Things
The Bath
Tell the Women We're Going
After the Demin
So Much Water So Close to Home
The Third Thing That Killed My Father Off
A Serious Talk
The Calm
Popular Mechanics
Everything Stuck to Him
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
One More Thing

From Our Editors

Many writers have set out to capture the language and idiom of 20th-century America, but few, if any, have succeeded like Raymond Carver. His stories are sidelong glimpses into a nation and a people that are bruised to aching, and they are written in a spare style that evokes the best work of Babel or Hemingway. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is Carver's second collection of stories, and it brings together a cast of lightly sketched characters whose hidden depths resonate long after you've put the book down. If you read one collection of short fiction this year, make it this one.

Editorial Reviews

"Carver's fiction is so spare in manner that it takes a time before one realizes how completely a whole culture and a whole moral condition is represented by even the most seemingly slight sketch. This second volume of stories is clearly the work of a full-grown master." —Frank Kermode"Raymond Carver's America is...clouded by pain and the loss of dreams, but it is not as fragile as it looks. It is a place of survivors and a place of stories.... [Carver] has done what many of the most gifted writers fail to do: He has invented a country of his own, like no other except that very world, as Wordsworth said, which is the world to all of us." —Michael Wood, front page, The New York Times Book Review"Splendid.... The collection as a whole, unlike most, begins to grow and resonate in a wonderful cumulative effect." —Tim O'Brien, Chicago Tribune Book World"Carver not only enchants, he convinces." —J.D. Reed, Time