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Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Raymond Carver has become a literary icon for our time. When he died in at the age of fifty, he was acclaimed as the greatest influence on the American short story since Hemingway. Carver's friends were the stuff of legend as well.
In this rich collection - greatly expanded from the earlier When We Talk about Raymond Carver - of interviews with close companions, acquaintances, and family, Sam Halpert has chronologically arranged the reminiscences of Carver's adult life, recalling his difficult "Bad Raymond" days through his second life as a recovering alcoholic and triumphantly successful writer.
His first wife, Maryann Carver, and their daughter, Chris Carver, also contribute their recollections of his early efforts to become a writer while struggling with poverty and alcoholism. It is a biography, an appreciation, a recollection, and a shrewd critical assessment of a unique American writer--written by people who knew him best: his family, his friends, and his fellow writers. It will have to be read by anyone seriously interested in the fiction of Raymond Carver.
May 15, Vincent rated it really liked it. I have loved reading carver since discovering the pleasure of whisky and self pity while living in a shotgun shack in north Carolina.
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Carver writes all these mini stories that you can read in four minutes but which pack such impact. I've read his story "why don't you dance" many times and tried to figure out what is going on under the surface. Now of course the story is getting a ton of attention because will ferrel has turned dance into a movie.
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I am all for it. So this book offers all these pe I have loved reading carver since discovering the pleasure of whisky and self pity while living in a shotgun shack in north Carolina.
So this book offers all these people who knew carver telling their story and its a great read. We see more about carver and his drinking.
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Guests who spent the night at his house would be woken early by him banging on the door: " let's have a heart starter! This "dance" story is based on a story told to carver by a waitress who got stoned with her boyfriend and moved their crap into their front yard! Can't make it up!
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Jun 01, Steven rated it really liked it Shelves: carver , biography. Aside from the expected juicy biographical details from his "Bad Raymond" days, there are some amazing insights into his writing from a bunch of his writer friends: Richard Ford, Tobias and Geoffrey Wolff, Stephen Dobyns, Jay McInerny, etc. Their insights are interesting because they demonstrate a writer's understanding of the techniques Carver employed and this provides a completely different perspective than the one you get reading commentary from critics or book reviewers.
And there is a grea Aside from the expected juicy biographical details from his "Bad Raymond" days, there are some amazing insights into his writing from a bunch of his writer friends: Richard Ford, Tobias and Geoffrey Wolff, Stephen Dobyns, Jay McInerny, etc. Sep 28, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: own. An interesting look into the life of Raymond Carver provided by those who knew him best. Oct 10, Chad added it Shelves: read-but-dont-own.
I borrowed this book from someone Hi, Kate for 3. David Karpel rated it really liked it Apr 21, Manfred Burg rated it liked it Oct 18, Modiglian rated it really liked it Feb 09, Matthias Cole rated it really liked it Oct 25, Nick rated it really liked it Sep 23, Paul rated it really liked it Nov 16, Roy rated it really liked it May 01, Christine Pacyk rated it it was amazing Oct 15, Brian Alan Ellis rated it really liked it Oct 07, James rated it really liked it Mar 27, Rebecca Kneissl rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Josh rated it really liked it Jan 25, Dave Newman rated it liked it Jun 26, Rob rated it really liked it Jan 02, Linda Prince rated it really liked it Jul 26, Siobhan Coogan rated it it was amazing May 12, Memory mixes with analysis, and a lively picture of Carver emerges as we hear different stories about him—of the same story told from different viewpoints.
He is here presented as hero, victim, and even villain—Carver's readers will recognize the woof and warp of his stories in these affectionate narratives.
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Though this oral biography confesses to being a "toast" to a "beloved man," it is an engrossing, touching, and insightful remembrance of Carver by his family, friends, and fellow writers. We see the