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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please : Book by Raymond Carver

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please

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ISBN: 9780099530343    Publisher: Random House Year of publishing: 2010     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 192        Language: English
With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story. In the pared-down style that has since become his hallmark, Carver showed how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary...Read more
With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story. In the pared-down style that has since become his hallmark, Carver showed how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people, and won a readership that grew with every subsequent brilliant collection of stories, poems and essays that appeared in the last eleven years of his life.
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About the author: Raymond Carver
Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His father was a saw-mill worker and his mother was a waitress and clerk. He married early and for years... Read more
Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His father was a saw-mill worker and his mother was a waitress and clerk. He married early and for years writing had to come second to earning a living for his young family. Despite, small-press publication, it was not until Will You Please Be Quiet Please? appeared in 1976 that his work began to reach a wider audience. This was the year in which he gave up alcohol, which had contributed to the collapse of his marriage. In 1977 he met the writer Tess Gallagher, with whom he shared the last eleven years of his life. During this prolific period he wrote three collections of stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral and Elephant. Fires, a collection of essays, poems and stories, appeared in 1985, followed by three further collections of poetry. In 1988 he completed the poetry collection A New Path to the Waterfall.
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Review:
Carver has made himself the natural successor to his true mentor, Chekhov" Financial Times "He is alert to the unique, inconspicuous incident, when a life or a marriage may change course...Read more
Carver has made himself the natural successor to his true mentor, Chekhov" Financial Times "He is alert to the unique, inconspicuous incident, when a life or a marriage may change course decisively" Sunday Telegraph "Carver's stories celebrate some lasting aspects of the human condition, however minimal, conjuring up a quality of fellow feeling which gives the stories a compelling, dry-eyed poignancy, a melancholy but intensely moving authenticity" -- William Boyd Daily Telegraph "There is nobody else like him. In some ways his pared-down style is an extreme development of the Hemingway style, but Carver writes about women and the ways men relate to them far more convincingly than Hemingway ever did" Frank Kermode "Carver is a master of the clear, sharp, resonant detail" Daily Telegraph
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