Literary perspective

The short story “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love” by Raymond Carver belongs to the movement called dirty realism. Dirty realism is a literary movement which explores the mundane and sometimes ignored aspects of daily life. The sho…


Works with the same theme or by the same author

The short story “So Much Water So Close to Home” is also written by Raymond Carver. The story explores the theme of suspicion, which is illustrated by Claire, a wife who believes her husband, Stuart, has been involved in a girl’s murder. The story, which is also written in a minimalist and realistic style, deals with the theme of violence against women. 

Raymond Carver is also the author of “A Serious Talk”, a short story that deals with the themes of miscommunication and of letting go. The short story is another example of dirty realism, as it explores a man’s unwillingness to allow his estranged wife to rebuild her life with another man. 

The short story “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway deals with the theme of communication. The narrative focuses on a couple who discusses the concept of abortion without actually mentioning it and without r…

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