For a mere fifty cents at the library book sale, I bought Cathedral by Raymond Carver. It's a collection of short stories from the early 1980s and considered some of his best work.
jealousy, insecurity, isolation, detachment and connection
Old Raymond is a bummer to read. Then again, he captures a lot of quiet desperation against stark backdrops.
Yes, the writing is good but it was a bit jarring here in 2022. The man was an alcoholic and every story, every character practically starts their day with a drink and continues from there. Plenty of smoking too. It seemed a bit dated, like watching some old black and white films.
I try to revisit classics, but this was a tough one.