Cathedral by Raymond CarverRaymond Carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another. These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s career and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life. . . . Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty. . . . his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart” (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World).
From the eBook edition.
Blindness in Raymond Carver's Cathedral Essay
Cathedral: A Lesson for the Ages Raymond Carver 's short story, "Cathedral," portrays a story in which many in today 's society can relate. We are introduced from the first sentence of the story to a man that seems to be perturbed and agitated. As readers, we are initially unsure to the reasoning 's behind the man 's discomfort. The man, who seems to be a direct portrayal of Raymond Carver himself, shows his ignorance by stereotyping a blind man by the name of Robert, who has come to stay with. Raymond Carver is most well known for his short stories and is even an writer credited with reviving the then dying form of literature. This shift earned Carver the critical.
Whatever it might say about me — I love to retreat into extended fantasy worlds? I am very much at home inside of a long narrative. Though I have read quite a number of short stories — and, as you will see below, praise some of them very highly — I confess to often seeing a short story as an interlude albeit sometimes a sublime one while I am deciding what novel to read next. Now that this confession is out of the way, I would like to finally devote a review to the world of the short story. What finally occasioned this, was that I was dissatisfied with how my Kindle e-reader wanted me to take notes on what I was reading. I decided to experiment with a shorter literary form, so that my testing of a new note-system would not take forever. All the stories I mention below came to mind pretty quickly, as personal favorites of mine.
How do fiction writers tell us stories? First, by establishing a position from which the storyteller conveys the plot. This is called point of view. We determine who it is telling the story -- a character within the story, an outside narrator? How much can this person see into the thoughts and feelings of the characters in the story?