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Raymond Carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another.  These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s work and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life. . . . Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty. . . . his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart” (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World).

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It was morning in America when Raymond Carver''s Cathedral came out in 1983, but the characters in this dry collection of short stories from the forgotten corners of land of opportunity didn''t receive much sunlight. Nothing much happens to the subjects of Carver''s fiction, which is precisely why they are so harrowing: nothingness is a daunting presence to overcome. And rarely do they prevail, but the loneliness and quiet struggle the characters endure provide fertile ground for literary triumph, particularly in the hands of Carver, who was perhaps in his best form with this effort.

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Cathedral contains a number of similar stories, very skillful within their narrow limits, written with a dry intensity, and moving, at their climaxes, from the commonplace to the unnerving. -- The New York Times Book Review,

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n stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life...Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty...his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

" Cathedral contains astonishing achievements, which bespeaks a writer expanding his range of intentions."-- The Boston Globe

"A few of Mr. Carver''s stories can already be counted among the masterpieces of American fiction... Cathedral shows a gifted writer struggling for a larger scope of reference, a finer touch of nuance." --Irving Howe, front page, The New York Times Book Review

"Clear, hard language so right that we shiver at the knowledge we gain from it." --Thomas Williams, Chicago Tribune Book World

"Carver is more than a

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"A dozen stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life...Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty...his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart."--Jonathan Yardley, "Washington Post Book World
"Cathedral contains astonishing achievements, which bespeaks a writer expanding his range of intentions."--"The Boston Globe
"A few of Mr. Carver''s stories can already be counted among the masterpieces of American fiction...Cathedral shows a gifted writer struggling for a larger scope of reference, a finer touch of nuance." --Irving Howe, front page, "The New York Times Book Review
"Clear, hard language so right that we shiver at the knowledge we gain from it." --Thomas Williams, "Chicago Tribune Book World
"Carver is more than a realist; there is, in some of his stories, a strangeness, the husk of a myth." --"Los Angeles Times

Stories included:
"Feathers"
"Chef''s House"
"Preservation"
"The Compartment"
"A Small, Good Thing"
"Vitamins"
"Careful"
"Where I''m Calling From"
"The Train"
"Fever"
"The Bridle"
"Cathedral"

About the Author

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I''m Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died August 2, 1988, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

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Kiki Gigi
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My God am I glad I picked this up
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2015
“Show, don’t tell!” That’s the mantra we hear; the one we’re forced to swallow and follow when laboring for a good grade. But Carver seems to say “suck it” to that advice. Now, let me be clear. His stories are cunningly complex in their simplicity. So, in a way, he is... See more
“Show, don’t tell!” That’s the mantra we hear; the one we’re forced to swallow and follow when laboring for a good grade. But Carver seems to say “suck it” to that advice. Now, let me be clear. His stories are cunningly complex in their simplicity. So, in a way, he is “showing” – but he does it in a different way than what we’re taught to revere and emulate.

While reading, never did I stumble on an unknown word, nor a difficult sentence – or a poetic one, for that matter. And though this collection of short stories is, essentially, a meditation on detachment…with each passing page, I felt a growing kinship with humanity. A relief. It served as some sort of literary frustration release valve.

Carver’s grasp – and recognition of – the “average” is spellbinding. And comforting – especially in today’s world, where little praise – or even recognition – is bestowed on us “average folks.” Because really, the thing about life is that we all just want to be seen, to be learned, to be accepted for who we are – and Carver, through his simple words, looks directly at us – in all our average, imperfect, messy glory. My God am I glad I picked this up.
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CougaRey
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Short and honest cadence
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2017
The last story in this set of short stories (also the title of the book) is worth alone purchasing the book. The bad first: I purchased the Audible narrator to go along with my Kindle purchase and the voice of the narrator so completely mismatched with the tone I was... See more
The last story in this set of short stories (also the title of the book) is worth alone purchasing the book. The bad first: I purchased the Audible narrator to go along with my Kindle purchase and the voice of the narrator so completely mismatched with the tone I was getting in my head from the reading that I didn’t use the narrator at all. The good: Carver has a slow and honest cadence , with a perspective you don’t always like, but a perspective you feel as real, and every once in a while an insight as profound as it is simple. An enjoyable short read, but I don’t recommend the Audible.
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Daniel G. Murray
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Carver makes the simple, elegant
Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2018
When you get to the end of each story you want more, yet somehow the story is complete. If you like simple yet elegant prose, the totality of each theme is rendered without filling in every detail. You have to fill in your own details and he has given you enough of them to... See more
When you get to the end of each story you want more, yet somehow the story is complete. If you like simple yet elegant prose, the totality of each theme is rendered without filling in every detail. You have to fill in your own details and he has given you enough of them to make you want to. Carver is a unique animal. Highly recommended to those interested in the art of the short story.
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Luna Saint Claire
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Brilliantly drawn characters
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
If someone asked me if I liked reading short story collections, I would hesitate and say I prefer to read a full-length novel. But then I remember some of my favorite books are collections. Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, and... See more
If someone asked me if I liked reading short story collections, I would hesitate and say I prefer to read a full-length novel. But then I remember some of my favorite books are collections. Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri are favorites I have read multiple times. I came to Carver via an article about brilliantly drawn characterization and tight writing – call it brief but spectacular. Writers, this is a must read! In a few pages Carver lays bare the essence of a character and unfold a catharsis in a simple storyline. There is a moment revealed where the character changes and grows as in the title story, Cathedral, where both the sighted man and Robert have shifting paradigms. The Cathedral analogy is simple and profound. Carver achieves this with astonishing compassion revealing the character’s loneliness and fear through small quotidian life experiences and the clarity of the dialog.
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Cathedrals and Others
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2021
A great set of short stories written by Raymond Carver. These exhibit fantastic snippets into everyday, average, American life and all of its meager disappointments, great upheavals, and ideas of grandeur that always seem to fall short. These are not fantastical... See more
A great set of short stories written by Raymond Carver. These exhibit fantastic snippets into everyday, average, American life and all of its meager disappointments, great upheavals, and ideas of grandeur that always seem to fall short.

These are not fantastical stories, and therefore tend not to stick with the reader too much, but they do carry a certain depth of enjoyment and empathy that most of us can communicate with just from living our lives. In that way, they are also quickly read which would make an interesting short story in of itself about how even these intimate looks into other people''s lives are just basically unimportant.

Definitely not a great read for people with depression since you''ll probably walk away more depressed, but certainly a great read for those who can separate their own lives and look in on someone else''s and say, "wow, well, at least I don''t have THAT feeling."
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Brad Beer
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Snippets of American life, often tense & introspective
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2018
My favorite American story writer. Snapshots of life, sometimes something unsaid beneath the surface. Quiet tension between couples, each with a drink in their hands. Introspective characters, lost in their circumstances. 20th century suburbia; the stories go well with mid... See more
My favorite American story writer. Snapshots of life, sometimes something unsaid beneath the surface. Quiet tension between couples, each with a drink in their hands. Introspective characters, lost in their circumstances. 20th century suburbia; the stories go well with mid century modern furniture. You might feel like picking up some pieces after reading. Most tales do not have happy, or certain conclusions; I find that part of Carver''s appeal. This volume contains " A Small Good Thing", one of his better known stories.
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capt367272
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Wow
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2018
Blew me away. He writes about humanity with out hitting the reader over the head but the point is so obvious. I''m going to buy the rest of his short stories. He writes about real Americans, too, working people who struggle with their imperfect souls.
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Michael Roof
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Good, earthy, short stories.
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2021
I usually prefer novels, but being a huge fan of Bukowski and Dan Fante, I thought I would give these earthy short stories a shot. They do not disappoint. The are not profound or overtly philosophical, but they do weave down-to-earth, everyman tales in a writing style that... See more
I usually prefer novels, but being a huge fan of Bukowski and Dan Fante, I thought I would give these earthy short stories a shot. They do not disappoint. The are not profound or overtly philosophical, but they do weave down-to-earth, everyman tales in a writing style that is straight forward and plain, in a good way - like Bukowski, Dan Fante or Mark Safranko - only not quite as rough and profane. I will read Carver''s other short story collections next.
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David Brookes
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Cathedral
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2019
Some of the best short fiction available. There are hardly any duds in this short collection of shorts. At worst, each story is merely ''good''. Not only a fine read all-round, but a good study for those hoping to improve their short story writing skills. 9 / 10 David Brookes...See more
Some of the best short fiction available. There are hardly any duds in this short collection of shorts. At worst, each story is merely ''good''. Not only a fine read all-round, but a good study for those hoping to improve their short story writing skills. 9 / 10 David Brookes Author of ''Cycles of Udaipur''
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Andrew B
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Recommended reading for the aspiring writer
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2014
Superb! There''s a lot you can say about Carver, the writers'' writer and I highly recommend this to any aspiring writer who, like myself, values realism and succinct writing. In his final collection here he has dispensed of the ruthless editing of Gordon Lish to present...See more
Superb! There''s a lot you can say about Carver, the writers'' writer and I highly recommend this to any aspiring writer who, like myself, values realism and succinct writing. In his final collection here he has dispensed of the ruthless editing of Gordon Lish to present stories as Carver wanted them, a bit more superfluous on the petty details of blue collar American life which became the trademark of this important short story writer. If it''s your first attempt at Carver then keep an open and patient mind, expect to read a story twice to really appreciate the mimesis he pursued, don''t expect a climax, or large than life characters or mystery, but it will leave you thinking long after you''ve put it down. Cathedral, Bridle, and A small Good Thing, are particularly recommendable. Some of the other stories do start to begin to all sound the same, mundane lives of losers, but that was the whole point.
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Lou
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Great!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 13, 2021
Book is in perfect condition! Really happy with it :)
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2017
Great book
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2016
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