Cathedral

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"A dozen stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life...Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty...his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Cathedral contains astonishing achievements, which bespeaks a writer expanding his range of intentions."—The Boston Globe

"A few...

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Overview

"A dozen stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life...Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty...his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Cathedral contains astonishing achievements, which bespeaks a writer expanding his range of intentions."—The Boston Globe

"A few of Mr. Carver's stories can already be counted among the masterpieces of American fiction...Cathedral shows a gifted writer struggling for a larger scope of reference, a finer touch of nuance." —Irving Howe, front page, The New York Times Book Review

"Clear, hard language so right that we shiver at the knowledge we gain from it." —Thomas Williams, Chicago Tribune Book World

"Carver is more than a realist; there is, in some of his stories, a strangeness, the husk of a myth." —Los Angeles Times

Stories included:
"Feathers"
"Chef's House"
"Preservation"
"The Compartment"
"A Small, Good Thing"
"Vitamins"
"Careful"
"Where I'm Calling From"
"The Train"
"Fever"
"The Bridle"
"Cathedral"

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Editorial Reviews

Jonathan Yardley
A dozen stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life ... Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty.
The Washington Post
Jonathan Yardley
A dozen stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life ... Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty. -- The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679723691
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1989
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 90,322
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

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 into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in August of that year, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

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Table of Contents

Feathers
Chef's House
Preservation
The Compartment
A Small, Good Thing
Vitamins
Careful
Where I'm Calling From
The Train
Fever
The Bridle
Cathedral

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Gorgeous Cathedral

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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 mo

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