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A Small Good Thing by Raymond Carver

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grind

A Small Good Thing by Raymond Carver

Thought you bakers would like this story.  My wife read it to me one night and we both luved it  -

 

http://astoryeveryday.com/2011/10/13/raymond-carver-a-small-good-thing/

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subfuscpersona

thanks

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isand66

Thanks for sharing.

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grind

Just thought it a perfect baker's story about life.

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sarakaun

Minutes into it, I remembered why the story seemed so family. It was adapted in Magnolia and the mother was played by Andie McDowell.

Very interesting.

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Cob

Hehe, I hated that story. I thought the baker was so typecast. Miserly, humble, forgiving and I guess, human in the end.

Not one of Carver's best. I never got roud to reading the Miller's tale in the Canterbury tales. I believe that's one of the best, albeit regarding the life of a miller.

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Laura T.

The Miller's Tale is actually about a carpenter and some students trying to sleep with his family without him noticing haha. It is told by the Miller, who is a member of the travelling party taking it in turns to tell stories.

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grind

I noticed that when I found it on line and TRIED to read it.  That ye old English is not easily readable without some training in the language, I suspect.

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Laura T.

I agree. I'm doing a degree in linguistics and it's still a struggle haha. There are translated versions out there :)

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rudirednose

Sad but good story! Thanks for linking!

rudi

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grind

I think he developed that all round sense of terror pretty well.

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Cob

I've never read the Miller's tale actually. Content doesn't matter, it's the narration by the miller, the character, as Carver's.  

Definitely one of those 'one day I'll get round to it' reads.

 

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foodslut

.... here's a link to a cached version via archive.org.