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Beginners

Beginners

Written by Raymond Carver

Narrated by Norman Dietz


Beginners

Written by Raymond Carver

Narrated by Norman Dietz

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4/5 (3 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
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Released:
Dec 15, 2016
ISBN:
9781515984511
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Here is the original manuscript of Raymond Carver's seminal 1981 collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Carver is one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature-his style is both instantly recognizable and hugely influential-and the pieces in What We Talk About . . ., which portray the gritty loves and lives of the American working class, are counted among the foundation stones of the contemporary short story. In this unedited text, we gain insight into the process of a great writer. These expansive stories illuminate the many dimensions of Carver's style, and are indispensable to our understanding of his legacy.
Publisher:
Released:
Dec 15, 2016
ISBN:
9781515984511
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

(1939-1988) falleció en pleno reconocimiento de su carrera como narrador y poeta. Sus cuentos lo consagraron internacionalmente como uno de los maestros del género. En Anagrama se han publicado sus seis libros de relatos. ¿Quieres hacer el favor de callarte, por favor?, De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de amor, Catedral, Tres rosas amarillas y los póstumos Si me necesitas, llámame y Principiantes, además de la antología Short Cuts (Vidas cruzadas). Asimismo se ha publicado Carver Country, que contiene textos del autor (cuentos, poemas y cartas inéditas) y fotografías de Bob Adelman.


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  • (5/5)
    Beginners by Raymond Carver is the original unedited manuscript of his 1981 collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (heavily, and against Carver's wishes, edited by Gordon Lish).There are two ways to consider this collection depending on your familiarity with Carver's work. One is to simply read it as a collection. This is obviously how one who has not read What We Talk About.. will read it but I also think if it has been long enough and you don't recall all of the stories from reading the edited version long ago, this would be an ideal way to read it through the first time. Using this method, I would still give five stars though it would be rounding up from four and a half. The stories are strong and the writing is wonderful.If you are pretty familiar with the original edited version it will be hard to read this without doing some kind of comparison. In my case, this was how I read it. There were a couple stories I liked a little better with Lish's editing but all in all I preferred this new "restored" version. Probably the difference, for me, is that this version has a lot of very strong stories while the edited one is more up and down but the highs are higher than in this version. In other words, while I think Lish did more harm than good I feel the ones he got right he got extremely right.No matter where you stand on Lish and his heavy-handed editing, this version is valuable as an insight into Carver as a writer since it illustrates how he chose to treat his characters and conflicts. Looking then at works without Lish we can see that Carver likely learned a thing or two from Lish but without compromising who he was as a writer.Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
  • (3/5)
    Didn't get chance to read all of these: it has to go back to the library. I want to read the shorter, cut down versions of these sometime -- I read a couple when I was doing my GCSEs or something, and I loved the writing.
  • (4/5)
    I recently did a tandem reading of Beginners and What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. I would highly recommend this analysis to anyone seeking to get a better understanding of Raymond Carver's work and the mechanics of writing and editing short stories. It was illuminating to read some more fleshed out versions of Carver's stories and seeing where Gordon Lish's editing took the stories. There are some stories where the paring down works very well and the "core" of the story is maintained, like the title story or others where it's severely altered such as "Tell The Women We're Going."