Beginners by Raymond Carver

Beginners by Raymond Carver

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” was published in 1981. It was the short story collection that made Carver famous. However, it was the heavily edited version of his stories that were then published. They were praised for being spare as well as beautifully crafted. Here, in this collection, only published in 2009, we can read the unedited stories for the first time. They are 40% longer than the stories published in 1981. Reviewed by The Observer as “an extraordinary book, and probably the most influential story collection of the past 30 years”, this collection is certainly a though provoking and engrossing read. However, a direct comparison to the edited stories would be as interesting. What did Carver include in the original writing that his editor, in the 1981 edition, deigned superfluous?

Mr A

 

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