This anthology, which includes the stories ‘Vitamins’ and ‘A Small Good Thing’, firmly established Carver’s reputation as the master storyteller of his generation. Carver is also the author of ‘Short Cuts’, ‘Fires’ and ‘No Heroics, Please’.

ISBN: 9780099530336 Author: Carver, Raymond Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 5th November 2009 Imprint: Vintage Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.54 (edition:22) Pages: 214 Edition: Short stories Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , ,

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.

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