Friday, February 09, 2007

Would you please be quiet, please? by Raymond Carver

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this collection of short stories. First off, they're not the kind of short stories where there is a twist at the end, a la Jeffrey Archer. I found the stories to be interesting and well-observed; some of the scenes were uncomfortable to read, as if you were intruding into someone's life uninvited.

I'm a rubbish literary critic, I know. These are some reviews that I think particularly sum up the book (these guys can say it much better).

"Carver is the master of the clear, sharp, resonant detail" - Daily Telegraph

"...alert to the unique, inconspicuous incident, when life or a marriage may change course decisively." - Sunday Telegraph

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