Cathedral is the third major-press collection of short stories by American writer Raymond Carver, published in Contents. 1 Reception; 2 The stories. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Cathedral. It helps middle and high school students understand Raymond Carver’s literary. Cathedral has ratings and reviews. Luca said: English (Cathedral) / ItalianoThis collection of twelve stories by Raymond Carver is the per.

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Cathhedrals dinner, they drink more, and the narrator continues to observe. It’s one of the few books I’ve ever read in one sitting. The character initially feels uncomfortable about the man’s blindness, and expresses this to the reader by sarcastically riffing on how put out he feels, and how carverr and creepy the man’s blindness seems to him.

His wife tells the narrator that Robert and his wife, Beulah, were inseparable. His previous editor, Gordon Lish, was known for paring Carver’s stories down to the bone. At times it seems that the man is jealous of the blind man for being so close to his wife; at other times it seems that the husband is disgusted by the man’s blindness.

I thought it was something I ought to do. On Christmas Eve,I sat in my room as snow fell outside. The stories still concern average shmoes living clumsy lives, but now Carver gives himself the space for more incident. In the end they bond in a way through the communication they share about what a cathedral looks like. It was first published in Too much, I say. He often makes rude remarks raymohd the blind man such as “what side of the train did you sit on?


Carver fans should not miss the Robert Altman movie “Short Cuts” which is a mashup of six or seven Carver stories. The narrator is not sure what to make of this. He knows when to offer up dialogue and when to deliver exposition.

He has just trained himself to excel at that out of necessity. Most of the stories in Cathedral uses middle-class couples and their marriages as stage setting, and from there Carver unleashes a torrent of words to create effective stories.

He finally lets go of his self-preoccupation and crusty cynicism and has a direct experience of that other side of life, the one beyond ego, beyond judgements, beyond all categories, life as boundless awareness.

We need desperately to learn from each other and experience beauty in each other.

Parting thoughts Carver writes stories which are brimming with life. Until this point that had never happened to me in a Carver story. Una volta ho visitato un grosso presepe artistico allestito in un chiostro https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Cathedral (short story collection) – Wikipedia

He said, ‘Don’t stop now. Quando ho scritto il mio commento ai Nove racconti di Salinger ho parlato di barriere abbattute, qui posso parlare solamente di costruzioni: View all 14 comments. She takes a seat on the coach and joins them. Blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to.

Al turns on the set and his wife leaves to change into her nightgown and robe. The wife has earlier tried to commit suicide because of loneliness. Ed ecco qui gli abbinamenti venuti fuori: This is pretty clearly a liberating experience for our narrator, something memorable enough that he needs to tell his story.



Raymond Carver is one of the most influential writers of the late 20th century, and this volume, published five years before his tragically early death at 50, has the feel of an American classic.

A guy has a visit from his estranged wife Inez. It’s his first time here, and he’s scared. Either that, or it is a metaphor for a spiritual experience, since these two have already touched on whether the narrator is religious. Imagine a woman who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved one. For reasons that become increasingly clear to me as I age, Raymond Carver will always be my short story God.

Cathedral (short story)

That made us even. Early on, the narrator is rude and inconsiderate. But caarver cleaned up, got sober and set to work. But this point would have been much better made, if something was chosen where blind people do regularly excel. The protagonist is cathwdrals husband who’s annoyed that his wife has invited an old friend, a blind man, over to spend the night.

I reached to draw her robe back over her, and it was then I glanced at the blind man.