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This is a pro trick. Best of all are the stories dealing with alcoholism and family break-up. The overwhelming impression is not of a man driven to testify but of a practised, cunning and profoundly self-conscious artist. But the effect here is less striking. All this is rendered with exquisite satirical precision: but where Lardner would continue the crucifixion, right on to breaking the legs and inserting the spear in the side, and where a lesser writer would tip over into caricature and farce, Carver suddenly breaks off the comedy to end on an unexpected and moving note of compassion. And after reading yet again this past week, I must say Carver's words get even better with age. For students of the writer's trade, Carver offers a valuable lesson in how to use minimal syllables for maximum impact. He was crazy too. In the third-person stories symbolism is introduced by other means. Carver is open about this. It is the professorship that goes on the dust-jackets and not the many jobs, which are mentioned dismissively, in passing, in one of the essays in Fires. Most of the lyrics are tight, competent and readable. I think a little menace is fine to have in a story.
Carver is not cynical — but he does not always avoid the pitfalls of his chosen tradition. There are several reasons for this disparity. I agree.
Condition: A Fine tight copy in a Fine dust jacket. What makes these stories arresting is the combination of dramatic — but genuine — material and a throwaway, laconic style. The overwhelming impression is not of a man driven to testify but of a practised, cunning and profoundly self-conscious artist.
One can tell Carver is genuine because he makes nothing of it.
Thirdly, there are four short Carver essays: on life, on inspiration, on writing, on teaching.
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