Cathedral by Raymond Carver

"Cathedral" is a collection of twelve short stories that explore the complexities of human relationships and the struggles of everyday life. The characters, often middle-class Americans, grapple with loss, isolation, and the inability to communicate effectively. The title story involves a man who gains insight into his own life when he helps a blind man envision a cathedral. Through these tales, the author highlights the profound moments in ordinary lives, showing the beauty and tragedy in the mundane.

The 1276th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 335

Since this book was first published in 1983, there is a penalty of 14.4%. The age adjusted score is 286.76.

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