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Monthly Archive for October, 2016

In the short story “Are These Actual Miles?” by Raymond Carver,  Leo, and his wife, Toni, are trying to sell their convertible because they are bankrupt. Leo met Toni while she was selling children’s encyclopedias from door to door. Leo bought some from her even though he didn’t have kids. They went on a date […]

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They buy what they want. If they can’t pay, they charge. They sign up. In Raymond Carver’s short story “Are These Actual Miles,” the reader is introduced to a family who has found themselves in a financial crisis. They cannot pay back any of their loans and banks have started coming into their home and […]

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They’ll be asked some questions, and they’ll sign some papers, and that’s it. But sell the convertible, he said — today, tonight. They can hold onto the little car, Leo’s car, no problem. But they go into court with that big convertible, the court will take it, and that’s that. In the short story “Are These […]

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They sign up for it all. Even a pedigreed terrier named Ginger. He paid two hundred and found her run over in the street a week later. They buy what they want. If they can’t pay, they charge. They sign up. In this short story by Raymond Carver, materialism and honesty are two key themes […]

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He runs his fingers over her hip and feels the stretch marks there. They are like roads, and he traces them in her flesh. He runs his fingers back and forth, first one, then another. They run everywhere in her flesh, dozens, perhaps hundreds of them. He remembers waking up the morning after they bought […]

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” ‘Hey, one question. Between friends, are these actual miles?’ The man waits, then clears his throat. ‘Okay, look, it doesn’t matter either way,’ the man says. ‘I have to go. Take it easy.’ He backs into the street, pulls away quickly, and turns the corner without stopping.” (151) In the short story, “Are These […]

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They gorged on food. He figures thousands on luxury items alone. Toni would go to the grocery and put in everything she saw. In the short story “Are These Actual Miles?” by Raymond Carver, the two main characters Leo and Toni are trying to sell their convertible so that they don’t go completely bankrupt. They […]

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Tomorrow somebody they owe might slap a lien on the car. From the beginning  of Raymond Carver’s “Are These Actual Miles?” the reader gets the sense that Leo and Tony, the main characters, are in a financial bind. This can be inferred by the urgency in which they try and sell the car. “This deal […]

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“You look fine,” he says.  “You look great.  I’d buy a car from you anytime.” “But you don’t have money,” she says, peering into the mirror. Toni and Leo’s relationship in Raymond Carter’s “Are These Actual Miles?” is filled with conflict.  They’re broke and in debt, selling their car last minute before they have to […]

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“He takes his foot off the brake, puts it on again after he has rolled back two or three feet. ‘Hey one question. Between friends, are these actual miles?’ The man waits then clears his throat. ‘Okay, look, it doesn’t matter either way,’ the man says.” (151) In Raymond Carver’s “Are These Actual Miles?,” Leo […]

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There was a letter three days ago, his name penciled on the outside of the dirty envelope, the only letter all summer not demanding payment in full. We are having fun, the letter said. We like Grandma. We have a new dog called Mr. Six. He is nice. We love him. Good-bye. Toni and Leo, […]

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“They are like roads, and he traces them in her flesh. He runs his fingers back and forth, first one, then another. They run everywhere in her flesh, dozens, perhaps hundreds of them. He remembers waking up the morning after they bought the car, seeing it, there in the drive, in the sun, gleaming.” This […]

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“Bankrupt!” She screams. She twists loose, grabs and tears his undershirt at the neck. “You son of a bitch,” she says, clawing. In the short story, “Are These Actual Miles” by Raymond Carver, two parents, Toni and Leo, struggle with bankruptcy. Leo instructs Toni to go out and sell his convertible tonight so they have […]

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  In Raymond Carver‘s short story “Are these Actual Miles?,” the narrator follows a couple, Toni and Leo, who struggle through their bankruptcy. Throughout this story we see all that they’ve lost due to their impulsive spending and instinctual habits. After Toni leaves for the night in an attempt to sell their family car, Leo sits at […]

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She and Ian shared the bottle, watching Quiddagunk go orange and rose, then devoted the whole rest of the night to sex — not eating until two in the morning, when they snacked in bed on apples and peanut butter. In Stephen O’ Connor‘s “Love,” the narrator uses a biblical allusion to Original Sin in […]

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In “Love” by Stephen O’Connor, the main character, Alice, falls shamelessly in love with her old college roommate’s boyfriend, Ian. Although she has never met him before, she quickly finds herself with him after her roommate’s funeral. As the two tell stories of her fearlessness and fervor for life, Alice begins to compare herself to […]

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The woman who had struggled years over that dissertation was so much more knowledgeable, compassionate, and wise than the waifish waitress in her black miniskirt, or the compulsive smiler who hardly breathed a word at the dinner parties she was taken to by her brilliant boyfriend. That woman, Alice believed, was her real, true self […]

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“Love” by Stephen O’Conner

“With his trim suits, Italian shoes, and six-figure salary, Ian did, in fact, manage a credible impersonation of an adult, whereas Alice, with her thrift shop wardrobe and perpetually depleted bank account, felt stuck in grad school mode.” Alice and Ian meet at the funeral of Alice’s housemate in the short story “Love” by Stephen […]

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“Another lightning bolt hit — not quite so near — and she began to laugh, which struck her as odd, even at the time. She had, perhaps, never been rendered so utterly powerless, insignificant, and so absolutely at the mercy of massive and relentless forces, and yet she felt happy and wildly alive.” In Stephen […]

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“Love” by Stephen O’Connor

In the short story “Love” by Stephen O’Connor, the main character is a women named Alice who meets a man named Ian. They quickly fall in love after they have just met each other and decide to move in together after only a short amount of time. Although she still loves Ian, when Alice finds herself […]

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Love?

Stephen O’Connor’s story “Love” follows a woman, Alice, as she attempts to make sense of her life.  Alice meets Ian, at the funeral of Alice’s housemate, as he was an ex-lover of hers.  They hit it off and begin a relatively idyllic relationship.  Alice notes that the relationship sometimes feels so nice that she feels that they […]

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“Love” by Stephan O’Connor

In the story “Love” by Stephan O’Conner, Alice, a woman in her late twenties, experiences a loss of a friend and ex-roommate, Katinka. During the funeral, Alice meets one of Katinka’s ex boyfriends, Ian, and clicks with him immediately. Near the end of the story, we can see how Alice struggles with believing Ian’s stories of what […]

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“Love” By Stephen O’Connor

It’s just that I’m turning thirty, and I’ve got to get this dissertation done so that i can start leading my real life. In Stephan O’Connor short stories “Love,” the protagonist, Alice, is in love and has found herself moved in with Ian, her boyfriend of under a year. He is successful making six figures […]

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In Stephen O’Connor’s “Love,” a young woman named Alice wrestles with how to love and trust her boyfriend Ian, as wells as herself. Throughout the story, she has a hard time with love and trust because of her childhood. Through flashbacks, the readers see how dysfunctional her parents’ relationship was when she was a child. Because […]

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“Love” By Stephen O’Connor

In this story, a thirty year old woman struggles with love. She and her boyfriend are happy until her anxiety overtakes her. The protagonist goes to her father’s old cabin, to clear her head about her uncertainty that her boyfriend is faithful to her. Her anxiety leads her to drink and not be able to sleep. When […]

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