Cathedral (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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A collection of short stories that reflect upon American working class struggles. Acute in its delivery and unforgettable in its impressions. Great for casual perusing and one of my favorites to re-read. It seems to transcend the burdens of its characters through a common struggle for hope. The world is dangerous, Carver makes no mistake about it, yet tackles its indifference with honest compassion and whimsical simplicity. The art of the short story at its finest.

— From Alfredo


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).

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679723691
ISBN-10: 0679723692
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 18th, 1989
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries