Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

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With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.

With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story and instantly became both the recognized master of the form and one of our best-loved and most widely read fiction writers. His ...

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Overview

With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.

With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story and instantly became both the recognized master of the form and one of our best-loved and most widely read fiction writers. His stories can "be counted among the masterpieces of American fiction."--The New York Times Book Review.

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Editorial Reviews

Geoffrey Wolff
"Potent...Carver's prose, for all its simplicity, carries his mark everywhere....His tact and precision are marvelous. (His) stories have been carefully shaped, shorn of ornamentation and directed away from anything that might mislead. They are brief stories but by not means short: they imply conplexities of action and motives....Mr. Carver's work here is done, and wonderfully." -- New York Times Book Review
Irving Howe
"Among the masterpieces of American fiction." -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099530343
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 181
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (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

Fat 1

Neighbors 6

The Idea 12

They're Not Your Husband 16

Are You a Doctor? 23

The Father 31

Nobody Said Anything 33

Sixty Acres 47

What's in Alaska? 58

Night School 70

Collectors 76

What Do You Do in San Francisco? 82

The Students Wife 90

Put Yourself in My Shoes 97

Jerry and Molly and Sam 111

Why, Honey? 123

The Ducks 128

How about This? 134

Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes 141

Are These Actual Miles? 150

Signals 158

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? 164

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    Great Writing Style & Compassion

    I discovered Raymond Carver the summer I graduated college. It was such a horrible time in my life, broke, depressed, breaking up with my long time girlfriend, scared about the rest of my life, living at home and going nowhere. Raymond Carver was supposed to do a reading at my college, but canceled out when he got his big "gravy time" grant. I knew the name, but not his importance. So, it was the hot void of the worst summer in my life and I was probably working some really stupid job and had a few bucks to spend, and I walked to to the J.B. Dalton's bookstore, looking through the shelves and I saw WOULD YOU PLEASE BE QUIET, PLEASE, fresh in paperback, and I was like, oh yeah, I know that name. I remember leafing through it, skimming the sentences and bam! I was a miserable lost soul and these sentences blew away the smoke and filled me with light. I walked somewhere else in the Mall, sat on a bench and read that book and I like read it cover to cover several times in a row. I am constantly amazed this book did not become the hot book among our country's youth, and it is probably because our country's youth- especially the younger baby boomers, gen-xers and everyone who became a young adult during the 80s-simply don't read. I once had hopes "Please" would be like a Garp or a Naked Lunch or Hobbit, big with the college kids. Instead, it only could garner a creative writing student cult following. I consider this one of the defining moments of the anti-intellectualization of American culture. The youth of America did not adopt Please Be Quiet Please as a critical book of the currency; but unfortunately, they simply did not adopt any book. All those hippies who read like the Hobbit or the Electric Kool Aid Acid Tests, the punks with their Naked Lunch, or On The Road or Catcher in The Rye, well by the time of the Reagan youth was beyond defining themselves with literature. College kids were more interested in good grades I guess. Carver's two biggest impacts on me: the writing style, and the compassion. I reread this specific collection every year and so should you. Please Visit: timothyherrick.blogspot.com/

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