Arthur M. Saltzman (essay date 1988)
SOURCE: Saltzman, Arthur M. “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love.” In Understanding Raymond Carver, pp. 100–23. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1988.
[In the following essay, Saltzman identifies the impermanence of love as the dominant theme in “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love.”]
Frustrations burn like scraped nerves throughout Carver's third collection. Every story documents the ducks and feints of couples who prefer the static of “human noise” to the...
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