Who is Raymond Carver? And what does he write? Other than noting that he was American, struggled with alcoholism, was up to his neck in the creative writing scene of American Universities in, and then wrote short stories back in the 70s and 80s, it’s hard to know what else to say about Carver. His stories are at once controlled and underwhelming, about nothing and about anything, and whilst being concerned with the ordinary, always flirting with some vague kind of transcendence: there’s always something more hinted at in Carver’s stories, but for the life of me I can never put my finger on it.
A review in the New York Times:
Interesting to try to work out what all the fuss is about. Not much I’d say. But I’m not completely sure.