Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Cathedral
Raymond Carver

£9.99

Raymond Carver said it was possible “to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language and endow these things – a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman’s earring – with immense, even startling power.” Nowhere is this alchemy more striking than in the title story of ‘Cathedral’, in which a blind man guides the hand of a sighted man as together they draw the cathedral the blind man can never see. Many view this story, and indeed this collection, as a watershed in the maturing of Carver’s work to a more confidently poetic style.

Paperback, 224pp
Vintage Classics, 2009 (1983)
ISBN 9780099530336