The American Chekhov' Sunday Times
With this, his first collection, Carver breathed new life into the short story. In the pared-down style that has since become his hallmark, Carver showed how humour and tragedy dwell in the hearts of ordinary people, and won a readership that grew with every subsequent brilliant collection of stories, poems and essays that appeared in the last eleven years of his life.
“Carver has made himself the natural successor to his true mentor, Chekhov”
“He is alert to the unique, inconspicuous incident, when a life or a marriage may change course decisively”
“Carver's stories celebrate some lasting aspects of the human condition, however minimal, conjuring up a quality of fellow feeling which gives the stories a compelling, dry-eyed poignancy, a melancholy but intensely moving authenticity”
William Boyd, Daily Telegraph
“There is nobody else like him. In some ways his pared-down style is an extreme development of the Hemingway style, but Carver writes about women and the ways men relate to them far more convincingly than Hemingway ever did”
“Carver is a master of the clear, sharp, resonant detail”