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2008-12 Book Club

What: Where I'm calling from by Raymond Carver

Wikipedia: Raymond Carver.

When: December 16, 19:30 @ Glockenhof

Sauro says: “The book it’s “only” a collection of short novels. Every story tells about one simple, normal, usual, non extraordinary moment. Could be a guy that go fishing, a man that discovered how fat is his wife, a couple of men in a barber shop, some junkers met together on a dinner, and so on. Nothing special, all the characters do the normal thing that it was supposed every normal guy would do. But. Yes, there’s a “BUT” in all of these stories: they’re real, sometimes I would say too real. Reading them you could touch the characters, sniff their smells, hear the voices. And all the feelings that are described are so detailed, so deep, so (i have to repeat myself) REAL, that you also could feel them. But you feel them cause you know them previously. Yes, Craver wrote exactly what happened in a particular ordinary situation, and sometimes this hurts, cause we don’t want to recognize that we could act and think in that way, but we know it. Carver tell us all these sort of blinks that could happened in everyone life, but after all is it not true that life it’s only made of short bright moments linked together by an undefined cloud? I don’t want to make an hazardous comparison but I could say that Carver was the Dostojevski of the ‘80. And finally, fortunately they are very short stories… too deep, too intense the writing for a novel of 100 pages or more! Ok, I admit that this could not be the funniest book in your life, but I suggest anyway to take a look on it!”

From an Amazon reviewer:

The is the first I have read of Raymond Carver’s and I picked it up to read on holiday as I thought short stories would be better to dip in and out of plus, I have only ever heard good things about Carver and had always meant to get round to reading some of his work. This is a collection of his short stories, previously published in seperate collections. He says in the introduction, written shortly before he died, that these stories are put together in the order that he felt suited. He also says in the intro that he “loves the swift leap of a good story, the ecitement that often commences int he first sentence, the sense of beauty and mystery found in the best of them…that the story can be written and read in one sitting” - that really summed up for me how important short stories can be and also why I am dismayed how they are overlooked by alot of the reading public. From this quote I was sure that I was in for a treat.

Supporters: Sauro, Alex, Nanda, Chrissie, Uli.

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