Thursday, January 14, 2010

Carver continued

Joe commented on the previous blog. Said he would read some of his Carver books. And asked, had I read any of his books. I read all the ones I managed to buy. His next question was, how did I like his writing. He was a skillful artist. I why asked Ray why he wrote about such losers. My question hurt his feelings. He claimed they were not losers. After having read most of Sklenicka's 500 page book I understand why he was hurt. It seems he wrote about his own family and his own life.

What I admire most about him is his stubborn and difficult pursuit of education. He may not have reached his dream of degrees but he certainly was well educated.

2 comments:

Joe said...

Thanks. I'd like to leave an insightful comment, but nothing has come to me. I've reread a little of his work, and I'm not sure I'll continue much longer. The bleakness and melancholy that I remember are still there. At this time of year they seem especially oppressive. But that's what happens with a writer as good as Carver: you see the world as his characters do; you feel what they feel. Anyway, thanks again. I enjoy your blog very much.

Teresa Raymond said...

I wanted to let you know that in the past week, I have read your entire blog from start to finish and have loved it. I follow your granddaughter's blog and found you because of your association. I have printed out your entire blog and am sending it to my friend in Afghanistan, an Army officer serving a year's tour. I think she will appreciate the diversion even more than I have.

I read the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and enjoyed it enough to give as a gift to every reader in my family this last Christmas.

Have a great day and keep writing!

t