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The American Chekhov' Sunday Times

With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story. In the pared-down style that has since become his hallmark, Carver showed how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people, and won a readership that grew with every subsequent brilliant collection of stories, poems and essays that appeared in the last eleven years of his life.

Reviews

Carver has made himself the natural successor to his true mentor, Chekhov

Financial Times

He is alert to the unique, inconspicuous incident, when a life or a marriage may change course decisively

Sunday Telegraph

Carver's stories celebrate some lasting aspects of the human condition, however minimal, conjuring up a quality of fellow feeling which gives the stories a compelling, dry-eyed poignancy, a melancholy but intensely moving authenticity

William Boyd, Daily Telegraph

There is nobody else like him. In some ways his pared-down style is an extreme development of the Hemingway style, but Carver writes about women and the ways men relate to them far more convincingly than Hemingway ever did

Frank Kermode

Carver is a master of the clear, sharp, resonant detail

Daily Telegraph

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099530343

    December 1, 2009

    Vintage Classics

    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409016397

    January 28, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

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