Cathedral Book By Raymond Carver (PDF-Book-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)


Cathedral is the third great collection of short stories by the American writer Raymond Carver, published in 1983.

Book Summary
The third collection of stories from Pulitzer Prize finalist Raymond Carver, including the titular canonical story about blindness and learning to enter one world very different from another. These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver's career and "brim with danger, excitement, mystery, and the possibility of life.

Book Review
It was morning in America when Raymond Carver Cathedral opened in 1983, but the characters in this dry collection of tales from the forgotten corners of the land of opportunity didn't get much sunlight. Not much happens to the subjects of Carver's fiction, which is precisely why they are so heartbreaking: nothing is a daunting presence to overcome. And they rarely prevail, but the loneliness and silent struggle the characters endure provide fertile ground for literary triumph, particularly in the hands of Carver, who was perhaps at his best with this endeavor.

About The Author of The Book Raymond Carver
Carver was born into a poverty-stricken family at the tail-end of the Depression. He married at 19, started a series of menial jobs, and his own career of 'full-time drinking as a serious pursuit', a career that would eventually kill him. Constantly struggling to support his wife and family, Carver enrolled in a writing programme under author John Gardner in 1958. He saw this opportunity as a turning point.

Rejecting the more experimental fiction of the 60s and 70s, he pioneered a precisionist realism reinventing the American short story during the eighties, heading the line of so-called 'dirty realists' or 'K-mart realists'. Set in trailer parks and shopping malls, they are stories of banal lives that turn on a seemingly insignificant detail. Carver writes with meticulous economy, suddenly bringing life into focus in a similar way to the paintings of Edward Hopper. As well as being a master of the short story, he was an accomplished poet publishing several highly acclaimed volumes.

After the 'line of demarcation' in Carver's life - 2 June 1977, the day he stopped drinking - his stories become increasingly more redemptive and expansive. Alcohol had eventually shattered his health, his work, and his family - his first marriage effectively ending in 1978. He finally married his long-term parter Tess Gallagher (they met ten years earlier at a writers' conference in Dallas) in Reno, Nevada, less than two months before he eventually lost his fight with cancer.