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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Paperback)

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This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK. With its spare, colloquial narration and razor-sharp sense of how people really communicate, the collection was to become one of the most influential literary works of the 1980s.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 05/11/2009 ISBN-13: 9780099530329  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His father was a saw-mill worker and his mother was a waitress and clerk. He married early and for years writing had to come second to earning a living for his young family. Despite, small-press publication, it was not until Will You Please Be Quiet Please? appeared in 1976 that his work began to reach a wider audience. This was the year in which he gave up alcohol, which had contributed to the collapse of his marriage. In 1977 he met the writer Tess Gallagher, with whom he shared the last eleven years of his life. During this prolific period he wrote three collections of stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral and Elephant. Fires, a collection of essays, poems and stories, appeared in 1985, followed by three further collections of poetry. In 1988 he completed the poetry collection A New Path to the Waterfall.

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I loved this book. The short stories work cumulatively to explore the motivations and dynamics behind relationships. The book gives a bleak and shocking view of humanity but the language is sparse, intimate and sometimes beautiful.

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