This study guide will help you analyze the text “So Much Water So Close to Home” by Raymond Carver. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.
This study guide is based on the version of the short story which appears in the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981). A different, longer version exists in the collection Beginners (2009), published by Carver's wife years after his death.
Presentation of the text
Title: “So Much Water So Close to Home”
Author: Raymond Carver
Published in: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (collection)
Date of Publication: 1981
Genre: Short Story
Raymond Carver (1938-1988) is one of the most famous American writers of the twentieth century. Carver became very passionate about short stories during his writing career, and many critics consider that a great deal of his stories belong to the current called dirty realism.
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