What we say when we talk about love

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Ill announce the cliche of my loving this book before you beat me to it.

Im an overeducated, mock-contemplative early-twenty-something with a penchant for strong male voices (despite my feminist leanings) and a distaste for anything too sentimental. I was raised in the tradition of Show, Dont Tell and hold this closer than even my favorite teddy (whose name is Atticus.) My middle name is Minimalism. My other middle name is Ooh, that sounds pretty.

With that out of the way, yes, of course I loved this volume, and probably for the reasons youd expect.

Raymond Carvers name should be in lights. Everyone who likes this book is going to tell you that one of Carvers strengths is his knack for understatement. Im guessing what theyre getting at is Carvers ability to keep all the mechanics of his stories imperceptible beneath the surface, with maybe a few out-of-character exceptions (the alcohol device in the title story being one). Theres also the fact that Carver seems to accomplish things in the span of one page that so many authors would kill many more trees (and possibly small children, and maybe even a puppy or two) to achieve; see the opening page of Tell The Women Were Going to see what I mean. How many authors can convincingly sum up the entire personal history of two characters in only one paragraph?

Beneath the tightness of each story there seems to be a distinctive pulse. Not the rhythm of the language. Rather, the kind of pure life energy that all artistic works strive for (or at least they should.) When stories took turns (for the worst is implicit), what startled me more than each outcome was often the fact that I was so moved by them each. Its because of this pulse that characters who existed for only 3 or 4 pages still seemed to walk off the page and become real. And thats probably what will make these stories linger in my memory.

People often seem to speak of Raymond Carvers America when theyre trying to grasp these stories. I dont know what that means, or if Raymond Carvers America is anything like mine. Whatever it is, its tortured and beautiful. And I like it.
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Alan Watts ~ What is Love?

We say we love each other and we do, I don't doubt it. I love Terri and Terri loves me, and you guys love each other too. You know the kind of love I'm talking.
Raymond Carver

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

The setting for the story is also important as it is during the main discussion of what love is that the reader realises how confined or in the dark the characters in the story are. As again it suggests the difficulties of language. Despite both words being close in both pronunciation and spelling, they mean two different things. There is also a lot of symbolism in the story. There is the fact that Mel is a cardiologist heart doctor. This is significant as it brings a sense of irony into the story.

The narrator says that his cardiologist friend, Mel McGinnis, is talking. They begin talking about love. Mel thinks love is spiritual and says he used to be in the seminary. Terri says that before she lived with Mel, she lived with a man named Ed who tried to kill her because he loved her so much. Mel disagrees that Ed felt any love for her, but Terri says that he did. Mel tells the narrator and Laura that Ed had also threatened him and Terri.

The reader gets the feeling that he may be selling all his possessions, looking to start life anew. A young couple stops by to select furniture for their new apartment. They haggle a little over prices and buy a TV and a bed. The drinking man tells the young girl to put a record on. When the music begins the man asks the couple to dance. Uncomfortably, they comply.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories [Raymond Carver] on aikikenkyukaibogor.com To say anything more, one feels, would simply hurt too much.
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3 thoughts on “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

  1. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is a collection of short stories by She mocks the record-player and records he gave them, saying: "Will you look at this shit?" The story ends with her trying to make sense of the man's.

  2. The gist is simple enough: two married couples down some gin and dish about love over the course of an afternoon in late summer or early fall.

  3. I think what you're saying is that love is an absolute." l\Iel said, "The kind of love I' m talking about is. The kind of love I'm talking about, you don't try to kill people.".

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