What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (2019)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Raymond Carver What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Alternate cover edition can be found here In his second collection Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short story writers in American literature a haunting meditation on
  • Title: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
  • Author: Raymond Carver
  • ISBN: 9780679723059
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Raymond Carver Alternate cover edition can be found here In his second collection, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short story writers in American literature a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one s way through the dark.
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  1. KFed

    I ll announce the cliche of my loving this book before you beat me to it.I m 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, Don t 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 [...]

  2. Jason Koivu

    A collection of slice of life short stories that mostly go nowhere and end ambiguously, and for some damn reason I loved them Carver gets mileage out of yard sales, photographers offering their services, accidental death, a night of bingo, doing things and doing nothing, talking yet saying nothing.As a reader, I was frustrated when some of the stories went nowhere I expected and hoped for big conclusions, finality, and instead I got dudes driving away from confrontations holding ashtrays But the [...]

  3. Glenn Russell

    This collection part of the 1980s Vintage Contemporaries series includes seventeen vintage Raymond Carver, including Viewfinder An abandoned husband chucks stone as he is photographed up on his roof by a door to door salesman photographer who had hooks instead of hands A Serous Talk An ex husband expresses his rage when his ex wife takes a telephone call in the bedroom by cutting the telephone line in the kitchen One More Thing A husband, wife and daughter accuse one another of being nuts To sha [...]

  4. Ilse

    HummingbirdSuppose I say summer,write the word hummingbird, put it in an envelope,take it down the hillto the box When you openmy letter you will recallthose days and how much,just how much, I love you.Capturing bliss in one word, crystallising tenderness and love at once into a precious gift and a delicate act of remembrance, Hummingbird, the affectionate poem closing this collection, charmed me in its endearing simplicity and ended up as my favourite reading this short poem magically transport [...]

  5. Garima

    Milan Kundera in his short story collection Laughable Loves, talks about the inevitable absurdity that revolves around the highly misunderstood feeling of Love that begins with innocent stargazing but later tempt numerous meteors to destroy the vulnerable abode of lovers Promises are ditched, mushy definitions are torn apart and even when other things remain equal or unequal he she still loves me just doesn t matter any What remains is this filthy carcass of emotions that some people tag along w [...]

  6. Joshua Nomen-Mutatio

    Booze takes a lot of time and effort if you re going to do a good job with it Indeed If one wanted to distill the stories within this collection down to a pithy, inverted, Hallmark style aphorism, this would be a top contender Click For Review Soundtrack Little Person Drinking and smoking and talking these are the true main characters of Carver s world and make no mistake he s summoned and crafted a distinctive world Okay, we can quibble and refer to this trifecta aptly as the true plot devices [...]

  7. Greg

    My fucking head hurts I should be writing my thesis, but the math part of crunching the data is hurting my head It shouldn t though It should be easy math I m dumber than I used to be Instead I ll procrastinate, and share a review I wrote 6 years ago for another website that I haven t written a single thing on in just about 6 years All date references should have six years added to them After reading MFSO s review I wanted to make some comment about a line that I really like in the first story o [...]

  8. Andrew Smith

    I first became interested in this book when I read Haruki Murakami s memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Any book that can inspire Murakami to steal most of the line must be worth reading Mustn t it Well I thought so, though it took me some time to get around to this collection of 17 short stories The cover of the Vintage Classics version I read is sparse and the blurb gave nothing away Ah well, in for a penny Originally published in 1981, the prose is lean and the general mood so [...]

  9. Paquita Maria Sanchez

    This is like what would happen if Walker Evans had built a time machine, gunned it to he 1970 s, landed in the field of some pop 1000 Oregon hunting town, plopped down at a bar stool, and started writing field notes for photos of the place and the folks contained therein He isn t actually going to shoot the images this time, though Fill in the lines with your own muck.Sparse, s p earing, simple stuff Even if you don t generally go for a minimalist approach, Carver has this un thumb downable wisd [...]

  10. Nancy

    Posted at Shelf Inflicted When I started reading, I found these stories a little too spare, a little unfinished They were snippets of lonely people and troubled relationships, but nothing I could really sink my teeth into I set the book aside and when I picked it up a second time, I discovered that these stories are better digested when read with fewer interruptions Although these stories are about a variety of characters, I found their commonalities, differences, views and struggles very compel [...]

  11. Diane

    I picked up this collection of Raymond Carver stories after watching the movie Birdman, which features a play based on the title story When I finished reading it, I was both impressed at Carver s brisk dialogue and wishing there had been He sketches scenes well, dances around a topic, reaches for an emotional peak, and then closes Like most short stories, it s a marvel of efficiency But I still wish there had been heft.

  12. David Schaafsma

    What do any of us really know about love It seems to me we re just beginners at love We say we love each other and we do, I don t doubt it I love Terri and Terri loves me, and you guys love each other too You know the kind of love I m talking about now Physical love, that impulse that drives you to someone special, as well as love of the other person s being, his or her essence, as it were Carnal love and, well, call it sentimental love, the day to day caring about the other person But sometimes [...]

  13. Joe Valdez

    If I had a teacher in high school who assigned Raymond Carver, I would ve gone bananas for What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, a 1981 collection of seventeen stories published in literary journals in the 70s or early 80s After being required to read Orwell and the goddam Canterbury Tales, reading So Much Water So Close to Home where men on a fishing trip discover a woman s body in the river and wait until the end of their weekend to report it would ve been like ducking a bullet fired fro [...]

  14. K.D. Absolutely

    Dirty Realism is the genre where this book is classified Coined in the 80 s, the dirty realism school of writing became popular during that decade due to the writings of Raymond Carver, Angela Carter, Bobbie Ann Mason, Richard Ford, Tobias Wolff among others Their language is sparse and their characters are the blue collar, middle class Americans who faced disappointments, heartbreaks and harsh truths in their ordinary lives.I have been reading a biography of Haruki Murakami and read last week t [...]

  15. Teresa Proença

    A primeira coisa que me ocorre dizer sobre este tesouro Voc s que me l em, se puderem leiam no Entreguem se lhe e ter o uma fabulosa experi ncia liter ria S o pequeninos contos epis dios do quotidiano que falam de amor, de todas as formas de amor e muito da falta dele , amor fraterno, amor amante, amor conjugal, amor perdido, amor reencontrado, amor amizade, e de desamor, muito desamor S o pequenos relatos de amor, de desejo, de morte, de ego smo,de crueldade e que nos deixam lassos, inquietos e [...]

  16. Cecily

    A collection of short stories first published in 1981, but feeling a couple of decades older They are heavily edited versions of Beginners , which I reviewed HERE Comparing the two versions of these stories demonstrates that Stephen King s assertion that The editor is always right is not necessarily true See my review of On Writing, HERE Each is a vivid glimpse of people at a troubling time in their lives One of the early ones contains the line Booze takes a lot of effort if you re going to do a [...]

  17. Trin

    Stylistically incredible if relentlessly depressing short stories I read this because Haruki Murakami counts Carver as an influence, and I can see that they share a certain spare clarity of prose, and an occasional touch of beautiful oddness though Murakami takes the latter much farther than Carver does But while Murakami is often quite funny, Carver is just bleak read too many of these stories in a row and you ll want to throw yourself off the roof Read in sequence like that, they also start to [...]

  18. Tina

    I attended the wedding of my brother s best friend last week I like weddings It may be something that runs in the family since my brother is a wedding videographer But I really, really like attending weddings, because it s such a happy, happy day Plus, I really like hearing wedding vows.Anyway, my wedding weekend read was Raymond Carver s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, which I borrowed from Angus when I got the chance to check out his bookshelf This is my first Carver, and the first [...]

  19. StevenGodin

    Raymond Carver is simply one of the best post war American writers, simply because he keeps everything within, simple, crisp and clear He honed his writing craft to such a degree here that this collection may well be his best work Focusing on lonely men and women who talk, drink, go fishing and play cards to pass the time of day Told in a minimalist style with a razor sharp sense of how people get along in a contemporary America using dialogue that reads like an absolute dream There s still some [...]

  20. Simona

    Il mio approccio con Carver inizia con questa raccolta di racconti Una raccolta che sembra un album fotografico in cui ogni storia una istantanea della vita nella sua quotidianit e del mondo di Carver I personaggi della raccolta sono autisti, artisti, commessi, sono reietti, sono personaggi che preferiscono vivere una vita ai margini della societ piuttosto che esserne i protagonisti Una vita in cui non solo l alcool il protagonista, ma anche e soprattutto l a come recita il titolo Un a viscerale [...]

  21. Shovelmonkey1

    In friendshipIn affectionIn loveIn lustIn perpetuity In memoriamIs this what we talk about when we talk about love Carver s stories are short, pared down love stories, stripped of everything but the necessary words and the skeletal, frequently all too human frame upon which to hang them Some of his work doesn t seem like a love story at all, think Hemingway, if he left out the toros, marlin fishing and drinking Carver is a landlocked Hemingway in fact You might be left wondering, where is the lo [...]

  22. Minh Nhân Nguyễn

    5 sao.Bi t n i g v cu n n y, m nh cho 5 sao l hi u m nh y u qu no n th n o Ca c c u chuy n kh ng ch hay n i dung m c n g n v i nhi u k ni m c a m nh, cu n n y m ng th i nh ng nh ng trang s ch theo m nh trong m t th i gian d i, l nh ng bu i t i khuya y n bi nh, s t nh l ng, nh ng con ng i s kh ng g p l i, la k c

  23. Algernon

    What do any of us really know about love It seems to me we re just beginners at love We say we love each other and we do, I don t doubt it I love Terri and Terri loves me, and you guys love each other too You know the kind of love I m talking about now Physical love, that impulse that drives you to someone special, as well as love of the other person s being, his or her essence, as it were Carnal love and, well, call it sentimental love, the day to day caring about the other person But sometimes [...]

  24. Rowena

    Interesting collection of short stories, the first I ve read from Carver The stories are quite captivating in a simplistic way They often end before the full story has been fully told I guess that may add to the intrigue, but it frustrated me reading a story that wasn t quite done,in my eyes I look forward to reading from him.

  25. Madeleine

    One of the great things about New Year s is that a night of uncommon revelry means that I have no excuse not to spend an entire day all curled up with a book and a nest of blankets And, oh boy oh boy, did I ever stumble upon a winner of a short story collection with this one Among the myriad joys to be found in these decidedly bleak little snapshots and I place this above the unparalleled use of understatement, which is a thing that usually tickles me hardest about masterfully written prose is t [...]

  26. Bắp

    Ch ng bi t n n n i g v cu n n y Ai t ng n i n t nh c kh ng l m n n b n nh c m l kho ng c ch gi a ch ng M nh ch a th c s s m c t ng t n c i kho ng c ch c a Carver, m c d m nh bi t r ng m nh b n m.Kh ng nh nh ng ph n t kh ng b th ch tr n v o t m tr , m t i t p, v c ng m nh li t, v khu y ng t i kinh ho ng c i v ng y l n, Carver ch m h h ng, b ng qu S c n ng kh ng t i t c m m t s th n nhi n v kh ng bi u l c m x c khi m ng c ng kh ng cho k b m c bi u l c m x c n t r i c i k kh n kh y hoang mang, nhi [...]

  27. rahul

    FearFear of seeing a police car pull into the drive.Fear of falling asleep at night.Fear of not falling asleep.Fear of the past rising up.Fear of the present taking flight.Fear of the telephone that rings in the dead of night.Fear of electrical storms.Fear of the cleaning woman who has a spot on her cheek Fear of dogs I ve been told won t bite.Fear of anxiety Fear of having to identify the body of a dead friend.Fear of running out of money.Fear of having too much, though people will not believe [...]

  28. Dagio_maya

    Minimalista a chi Stralcio di un dialogo da lettore a lettrice Ah, ti piacciono i racconti Bene Hai letto Carver Ancora no Segue silenzio imbarazzante.Passano i giorni Hai letto Carver Ancora no Segue silenzio imbarazzante.Passano i mesi Hai letto Carver Ancora no Segue silenzio imbarazzante.Passano gli anni Carver Carver Carver Carver Carver Carver Carver Carver Carver Carver Carver Carver Hai letto Carver Siii Era ora Quindi Cosa ne pensi Bella domanda Quando si legge una raccolta di racconti [...]

  29. Priyanka

    Carver s short stories present spare glimpses of characters entrapped in a frazzled web of relationships and events whose significance they cannot understand He generously uses symbolism to advance the story s theme where a lot takes place between the lines His symbolic guideposts are so reliable and meticulously crafted that they resolve ambiguity rather than creating it.Carver s slices of life ranges from surrealism in Viewfinder and Why don t you dance , to careful omissions in Tell the women [...]

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