What we talk about when we talk about love play

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Ill announce the cliche of my loving this book before you beat me to it.

Im an overeducated, mock-contemplative early-twenty-something with a penchant for strong male voices (despite my feminist leanings) and a distaste for anything too sentimental. I was raised in the tradition of Show, Dont Tell and hold this closer than even my favorite teddy (whose name is Atticus.) My middle name is Minimalism. My other middle name is Ooh, that sounds pretty.

With that out of the way, yes, of course I loved this volume, and probably for the reasons youd expect.

Raymond Carvers name should be in lights. Everyone who likes this book is going to tell you that one of Carvers strengths is his knack for understatement. Im guessing what theyre getting at is Carvers ability to keep all the mechanics of his stories imperceptible beneath the surface, with maybe a few out-of-character exceptions (the alcohol device in the title story being one). Theres also the fact that Carver seems to accomplish things in the span of one page that so many authors would kill many more trees (and possibly small children, and maybe even a puppy or two) to achieve; see the opening page of Tell The Women Were Going to see what I mean. How many authors can convincingly sum up the entire personal history of two characters in only one paragraph?

Beneath the tightness of each story there seems to be a distinctive pulse. Not the rhythm of the language. Rather, the kind of pure life energy that all artistic works strive for (or at least they should.) When stories took turns (for the worst is implicit), what startled me more than each outcome was often the fact that I was so moved by them each. Its because of this pulse that characters who existed for only 3 or 4 pages still seemed to walk off the page and become real. And thats probably what will make these stories linger in my memory.

People often seem to speak of Raymond Carvers America when theyre trying to grasp these stories. I dont know what that means, or if Raymond Carvers America is anything like mine. Whatever it is, its tortured and beautiful. And I like it.
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T here is a sadness and bewilderment at the heart of the excellent film Birdman that the late Raymond Carver would have identified with. Thomson is a confused and unhappy man, stalked by the giant feathered superhero he used to play in blockbuster films.
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Raymond Carver Marshall Bruce Gentry and William L. Nick and Laura are still in the glow of early love, and their behavior toward one another is affectionate and respectful. Mel and Terri, on the other hand, have been together five years, and their surface-level civility to one another barely masks a deep-seated anger and resentment. This story addresses typical Carver themes of marriage and divorce, alcoholism, despair, and the difficulty of communication. Raymond Carver was born on May 25, , in Clatskanie, Oregon.

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3 thoughts on “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

  1. That tale appears in Carver's collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. The movie plays off Keaton's own place as a one-time.

  2. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is a collection of short stories by She mocks the record-player and records he gave them, saying: "Will you look at this shit?" The story ends with her trying to make sense of the man's.

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