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Where I'm Calling From: Selected Short Stories

By Raymond Carver.

I have never read any of Tony Parsons books but I saw him on an episode of The Book Show ages ago and when asked about writers that he found inspiring and who he rated, Raymond Carvers name came up and TP said that as far as short story writing goes this fella was the one to look at.

This volume looked like the best and most comprehensive so I bought a very smart printed version (A rare treat for me since last years Christmas present of a Kindle the current score on which format I have read the most: Printed books: 10, Kindle books: 23). Most of Carver’s stories were written between the mid-seventies and the mid-eighties and the ones included here are all very good.

I think our own Mr. Cutsyke stated on here he wasn’t much of a fan of an RC collection he had read but I enjoyed this book. Characters from all kinds of backgrounds and quirky story titles like ‘The Third Thing that Killed my Father’, ‘Elephant’, and ‘What’s in Alaska?’ that trigger a curiosity in the reader. Covered here in these pages amongst other things are love, hate, poverty, family, and America. Including page upon page on the vast unfathomability of being a member of the human race in the modern era. Thoroughly good stuff.

Late Doors

Going off slightly, trolling perhaps, there are a few people who I've grown to at least respect from a point of abject hate but Tony Parson has defied all rational. Loved him as a kid but cannot stand the space he occupies or the CO2 he exhales now, what a grade A pillock.  I would take his assertion that he found a certain author  inspiring as certain denigration if it wasn't for your own endorsement.
Forest

Raymond Carver and Jeremy Clarkson seperated at birth. FACT.


I think the only time I have ever stopped reading a book after the first couple of chapters was a Tony Parsons. Man and boy? Or something like that. Annoying shite.
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Late Doors wrote:
Going off slightly, trolling perhaps, there are a few people who I've grown to at least respect from a point of abject hate but Tony Parson has defied all rational. Loved him as a kid but cannot stand the space he occupies or the CO2 he exhales now, what a grade A pillock.  I would take his assertion that he found a certain author  inspiring as certain denigration if it wasn't for your own endorsement.


I don’t know that much about Parsons or his journalism or his books but I think that when he mentioned Carver The Book Show host Mariella Frostrup strongly agreed with him and trust me on this, that lass knows about books. So it was probably her that swayed me on having a look at Carvers writing. I think in the final analysis Mariella could sway me on most things. But that aside, I’m intrigued as to what TP has done to generate such strong feelings in our favourite Cleckhuddersfaxian. Do tell LD.

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