Cathedral: Carver Cuts Up Birdman

Carver CathedralEver since Birdman, Raymond Carver has once again emerged as a “hip” short story writer. Those of us who have studied writing or English, though, will recognize many of his stories because he is just that prominent.
Cathedral (the collection) is what I picked up a few weeks ago. While I’ve read singles from his other books of stories, what attracted me to this particular collection was the opportunity to revisit one of the first stories I ever read (the title story). I wasn’t let down, either.

These stories are fast, real, and rip the soul out of everyday life. We encounter all sorts of people in hard situations.

I would be able to discuss this collection further in detail if I hadn’t read it in the middle of Richard Ford and Ron Rash. And, as a warning, I’d recommend people interested in reading short stories to not read two collections in a row. It jumbles things up.

Anyway, Cathedral is spectacular in every way. You need to read Carver, lots of him.

About Brennan Reid (100 Articles)
I'm Illinois born, Indiana educated, and writing for a living in Missouri.

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