This is another of the books (and readers) I discovered during my “short” stay in Macedonia. A small jewel of contemporary literature.
Original title: Cathedral.
Author: Raymond Carver (USA, 1938 – USA, 1988).
- Chef’s House.
- The Compartment.
- A Small, Good Thing.
- Where I’m Calling From.
- The Train.
- The Bridle.
Genre: Short Stories, Minimalism, Realism.
Read in: English.
Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries.
This book is a compilation of stories that are not related to each other, so there’s not an overall plot. And, of course, I’m not going to bother writing the plot for all of the independent stories present in here.
Comment without Spoilers
The stories present in this novel are a shocking hit of the reality of some people. But sincerely, I think that the balance in them is not fair, as most are really oppressive and depressive. Fortunately, you can find also tales like Cathedral, that is particularly beautiful, and is able to partly release you from the feeling given by the rest.
The way in which Carver express the feelings in his tales is really good, being completely minimalistic, both in the narrative and in the descriptions of characters and environment. This helps the reader to feel closer and more involved to the story and the events that happens in them.
The edition of the book wasn’t very spectacular… in fact I would say that it was barely decent, as the paper used was gray and low quality and the printing quality wasn’t anything exceptional either.
I really loved the narrative style, but probably the content of most of the tales was too pessimistic for me, as reading this book really made me feel bad. Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot, particularly thanks to the literary quality that the author shows.
So I really recommend this book, because it’s worth reading. But I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, just to people who doesn’t get too emotionally affected by what they read.