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Sunday, 16 January 2011

What we talk about

Another good week...
The writer is making good progress with the children's novel - >4,000 words written.  A competition story submitted and two other short stories have reached final shortlists in separate competitions.

We've just read Raymond Carver's collection 'What we talk about when we talk about love.'  Very typical of Carver's succinct direct prose - many memorable stories but not quite as well rounded as his later collection in 'Cathedral'.  Some of the images in his stories can haunt your subconscious - the birthday cake in 'A small good thing', the peacock and the empty bridle in other stories.  Carver's talent is to plant disturbing concepts that stay with you even though they were sewn within seemingly simple plots.
My only complaint is that his stories don't feature any pigs.  I guess if they did then the pigs would be black little runts with a drinking problem.

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