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Cathedral is the third major-press collection of short stories by American writer Raymond Carver, published in Contents. 1 Reception; 2 The stories. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Cathedral. It helps middle and high school students understand Raymond Carver’s literary. Cathedral has ratings and reviews. Luca said: English (Cathedral) / ItalianoThis collection of twelve stories by Raymond Carver is the per.

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This collection of twelve stories by Raymond Carver is the perfect example of how to compromise the reader’s frame of mind by talking about daily events. Thanks eaymond to a minimal prose, Carver has the great virtue of guessing more than any other author that the everyday and the ordinary, such as a home accident, a watch robbery or even the death are the most familiar events that bind us to life. The result is an emotional earthquake in the reader.

Among the twelve s. Among the twelve short novels, in my opinion A Small, Good Thing deserves a special mention: La raccolta di dodici racconti di Raymond Carver rappresenta l’esempio perfetto di come mettere in subbuglio l’animo del lettore parlando di fatti quotidiani.

Una menzione speciale merita per me “Una cosa piccola ma buona”, capolavoro assoluto di innaturale perfezione! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Cathedral by Raymond Carver. Cathedral by Raymond Carver. Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty.

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From the eBook edition. Paperbackpages. Published June 18th by Vintage first published Pulitzer Prize Nominee for FictionO. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cathedralplease sign up.

Vivia Boe This short story leaves an impression that stays with cathedralls no need to re-read. Perfectly constructed and a classic for the ages. A great entryway to …more This short story leaves an impression that stays with you; no need to re-read.

A great entryway to the less uplifting stories for which Raymond Carver is so justly famous. Right up there with the best short stories you have ever read. See 1 question about Cathedral…. Lists with This Book. And for the record: View all 11 comments. Mar 19, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing.

American author Raymond Carver – master of the short-story A dozen Raymobd Carver stories collected here as part of the s Vintage Contemporaries series. Such a telling detail of lower-middle-class Carver country, life saturated by popular culture, especially movies and television. I can clearly envision Al rolling his eyes as he grumbles under his breath: For Al, life is a bitter pill. At one point, listening to one of the tapes, Al does get extremely upset. It was beyond my understanding.


As Al waits for his wife to cahtedrals with the blind man from the station, what does he do? The two big pastimes in Carver country: After a few snide, sarcastic questions and remarks hurled at Robert courtesy of our narrator as they smoke and drink in the living room, all three sit down at the table for dinner.

Before they all dig in, we read: My wife looked at me, her mouth agape. Actually, one thing that is not pathetic, even for black bile Al: When all else fails, always the animal pleasure of chowing down on steak and potatoes and strawberry pie.

Work as a deadening reinforcement that life is an unending rat wheel.

Cathedral by Raymond Carver

But the narrator has one surefire way to deal with the rat wheel: TV and Dope to the Rescue: When the conversation peters out, TV to the rescue. Al turns on the set and his wife leaves to change into her nightgown and robe. Alone together, Al treats Robert to a little cannabis. She takes a seat on the coach and joins them. As the narrator observes: The narrator questions Robert on how much he knows about cathedrals, just how big they are. Robert suggests they engage in a little artwork together so the narrator can show him all about cathedrals.

Down on the living room carpet, armed with pen and paper, Al and Robert, hand on hand, begin their artwork. Then, the unexpected happens during their joint creativity. Robert tell the narrator to close his eyes and asks him what he thinks. He finally lets go of his self-preoccupation and crusty cynicism and has a direct experience of that other side of life, the one beyond ego, beyond judgements, beyond all categories, life as boundless awareness.

In Zen, this is called Satori but for right now on his hands and knees on the living room carpet, it has no name and it needs no name. View all 13 comments.

Like the rest of us at Frank Martin’s, J. But he’s also a chimney sweep. It’s his first time here, and he’s scared. I’ve been here once before. My eyes were still closed. I was in my house. Dreams, you know, are what you wake up from. Cathedral storiesRaymond Carver Cathedral is the third major-press collection of short stories by American writer Raymond Carver, published in The collection contains the following stories: At times it seems that the man is jealous of the blind man for being so close to his wife; at other times it seems that the husband is disgusted by the man’s blindness.

In the end they bond in a way through the communication they share about what a cathedral looks like. I had no Idea who Raymond Carver was before I picked this collection of short stories.

Of course, I asked the great oracles of the Internet to feed me information about him, and they told me that Mr.


Carver is one of the American literary gods who revived the dying short story literary form in the 80s. My primary concern was for the short story medium that almost died in the 80s, and don’t worry, I checked and they are thriving nowadays. As I read Carver’s stories, I understood that he is a maestro in creating minimalistic stories that hold a plethora of themes inside its simple exterior. To be honest, carvef stories can be considered as disguised ciphers, as while reading, you may think the story is about bananas, but in fact, It might just be about the potassium and carbohydrates or even csthedrals.

The bananas are just a metaphor, Carver never wrote about bananas to my knowledge. His themes were repetitive, yet effective, and he wrote caever isolation, loneliness, alcoholism, marriages, miscommunication, and the human condition.

Cathedral (short story)

Most of the stories in Cathedral uses middle-class couples and their marriages as stage setting, and from there Carver unleashes a torrent of words to create effective stories. There were twelve short stories, and while I enjoyed all of them, these are my top three picks: A Small, Good Thing: This one hit me hard.

Too hard, to be honest. It’s about a couple in a hospital waiting for the news about their young son’s recovery from a hit-and-run case. The pain, the uncertainty, and the fear are so well written that you couldn’t help but be in the room with the characters. If I am asked to recommend one serious short story to anyone, this will be the one I endorse. This one is about an evening dinner with two colleagues and their wives. The story is filled with metaphors and bewildering domestic moments, but it was the uncomfortable feelings of the characters, that kind of osmosis to the reader, made me enjoy this story immensely.

In this story, we find ourselves riding a train with a man who is traveling to meet his estranged son. Richly told, and it was the implication of the story’s finale which made me love this tale. Parting thoughts Carver writes stories which are brimming with life. Yes, it is a depressing set, but no one can ever accuse them of being dull.

Also, If you are the right kind of audience, it will invoke insecurities and fears you never knew you had. It sure did for me. View all 22 comments. Raymond Carver is one of the most influential writers of the late 20th century, and this volume, published five years before his tragically early death at 50, has the feel of an American classic.