What We Talk About When We Talk About Love | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Jerry Bumpus

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
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Critical Review by Jerry Bumpus

SOURCE: Bumpus, Jerry. “Gut Shot.” American Book Review 4, no. 2 (January 1982): 8.

In the following review, Bumpus discusses the dominant themes of the stories in What We Talk about When We Talk about Love.

Like the buck in “The Calm,” people in Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love are still on their feet, though mortally wounded. “It was a gut shot. It just like stuns him. So he drops his head and begins this trembling. He trembles all over. … So I shot again but missed. Then old Mr. Buck moves back into the brush. But now, by God, he doesn't have any oompf left in him. … I'd rammed one right in his guts.”...

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