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Raymond Carver

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ISBN 10: 0394528840 / ISBN 13: 9780394528847
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1983
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First edition hardcover in very good condition. Dust jacket has slight smudge on front lower left; back cover is unblemished full cover black and white photo of author looking directly at camera, probably taken in some airport. Excellent collection of one of Carver's best collections of stories. Bookseller Inventory # 000038

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Title: Cathedral

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: No

Edition: First Edition

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From the front flap of this 228 page book: "It was a collection of short stories called 'Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?' that a young, unknown writer from Clatskanie, Oregon took the critics by surprise and first established his claim to national notice. 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Love', Cambridge University's Frank Kermode declared Raymond Carver a master of the short form. A new vision, a new method, a new tonality - these are the components of the program that has elevated Carver to international prominence. What is promptly recognizable in his work is the queer effect that issues from its surface simplicity. But nowhere in his earlier fiction is the alchemy by which he transmutes the banal into the numinous so strange and so potent as it is in 'Cathedral'. Indeed, the twelve stories in this book constitute a kind of grammar of that feathery language only the heart ever hears, and only at four o'clock in the morning. There is something morbidly forbidden in the places these stories go, in the sensations mere objects are made to deliver - packages of frozen food thawing on a kitchen table, a plaster cast of teeth set atop a television cabinet, the figuration of a spaceship on a birthday cake decorated for a child who must die. But none of the images will grip you as ferociously as will the one at the close of the title story - the hand of a blind man seen riding the hand of a sighted man. Is as if Carver has passed a wand over words on paper, and thus made of this story, and of those that precede it, a version of the thing itself, the charmed interior of that edifice, the cathedral - a spaciousness that is hushed, severe, transporting."

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