Thetext offers a background check on Raymond Carver’s personal life,focusing on the nature of his love life and how it affected himpsychologically. In the initial pieces of the text, the authorassociates his heavy smoking and drinking as the outcome of hisdivorced life.
WhatWe Talk about When We Talk about Love, partof a series of stories (and the main story) in the novel that is alsogiven the same title. Upon reading the first parts of the text, onedoes not fail to encounter the elusive nature of love, in spite ofthe numerous efforts of the characters to define it. As such, therethe impression of love being persistent and assumes many forms asrevealed by the characters in the text, for instance, there is acouple who survived death while travellingby car,and the story assumes a confusing direction when in towards the end,the man is unable to spend time with his wife or even see her. In themuch references and the iconictitle story, the author manages to establish a reputation as one ofthe most successful and celebrated short-story authors in UnitedStates history. Heis a haunting meditation on loss, love, and companionship, as onestruggle to find his way in the dark (Carver 301). The gentleman iscalled McGinnis and he is in his middle 40s and is a cardiologist whois married to Terri or Teresa, whom they reside withinAlbuquerque.
Thestory revolves around four friends, including Laura, Nick, Mel, andTeresa, and the setting is in Mel’s homestead, around a circulartable that is filled with ice and placed at the center of the room.There is a bottle full of gin inside. Mel is described as rangy andtall with soft hair that is also curly. On the other hand, Teresa isMel’s second wife and is slim with an attractive face, brown hair,and dark eyes. Laura and Nick are their friends, while the former is38 years old and plays the role of the narrator the latter is 35 andworks as a legal secretary.
Thecharacters start to indulge in conversations about love. Teresa hasgone through an abusive relationship that is derived from the loveof his former boyfriend, Ed. Accordingly, he “loved her so much tothe point that he tried to kill her.” He dragged her around theliving room and beat her up such that he injured her ankles. Despiteall that Terri told him, Mel refused to agree that Ed was driven bypure love.
Thereare a lot of symbols used in the story, for instance, the scorchingafternoon sun represented a presence in the room, the generosity andspacious light that ushers in ease. Secondly, the heart symbolizeslove. The central question is whether the audience could get clinchedfurther because the title is not scribbled in a young adult. Thirdly,gin is used as a clock in this story because Ed’s story comes to anend when the first bottle of gin is exhausted. What is more, thestory of the elderly couple comes to a halt when the second bottle ofgin is finished (310).
WhatWe Talk about When We Talk about Love offersnumerous descriptions of love from the points of views of fivepeople, including Mel, Teresa, Ed, Nick, and Laura. Before Teresa metMel, she underwent a series of abuses under her former relationshipand shares with the rest. Mel thinks that she has not yet been showntrue love and strives to do so.
Carver,Raymond. WhatWe Talk About When We Talk About Love., 2009. Internet resource.