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Posted October 23, 2003
It is a cruel, un-poetic injustice, that Raymond Carver's life was tragically cut short just when his stories began to take on glimmers of hope that were nowhere to be seen in his earlier collections. When this book first came out, I was eager to read new stories from my favorite 'minimalist' (isn't there a better word these days than 'minimalist'?) writer. Instead, I was reading stories about compassion, good-natured friendships, and even salvation and forgiveness. Sure there were still the choppy sentences, quick observations, and weighty silences. But it was different. Many of the stories, not all, ended with an unusual (for Carver) sense of closure, even understanding. As so many reviewers have noted, the title story is just glorious. The narrator, a sarcastic and distant husband, finds human contact in the strangest circumstance. And when he does, he simply states, 'It was like nothing else in my life up to now.' Simple, but it leaves a serious lump in my throat each time I read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2000
Pure Gravy. And don't forget it.
I've seen some things. There was someone who said that 'Cathedral' was Carver's peak, and that here he was starting to go downhill. He'd lost the edge displayed in 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,' etc. That's bull. 'Cathedral' was the first major work after Carver came to terms with his alcoholism. In several stories, 'A Small, Good Thing' and 'Cathedral' especially, a strong sense of relief is felt by the characters--as well as the reader. After 'Cathedral,' Carver's work wasn't despondent or bleak. It was art. Pure Gravy. And don't forget it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2000
Raymond Carver is a great storyteller
After having read 'Cathedrial' and 'A Small, Good Thing' in class, I know that I needed to read more of Carver's work. I'm so glad that I picked up Cathedral- I enjoy and appreciate his work immensely, and hope to get my hands on moWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2010
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