Raymond Carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another. These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s work and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life. . Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty. . his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart” (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World ).
Call me crazy, but I thought God is also a theme here, and that there was something divine about the character of the baker. The story opens with the description of the cake Ann chose- the one with a spaceship that goes to the stars. It reflects the parent’s wish that his child will get far in his life, and maybe outlive his parents. Then, later, when Scotty is in the hospital, Ann and Howard think of the baker (not knowing it’s him) as kind of a sadist. They are helpless because of their child being in danger and they ask ‘why us?’ or ‘why is he doing this to us?’. These are existential questions one would turn to God with. They are mad at God (and the baker) for doing this to them. unlike, for example, the biblical Job that got his sufferings with silence. But the baker, he only makes the cakes (repeatedly saying “I’m just a baker”, and from then on you’re the one responsible for them, like with children. Check out this description of the baker: “a big man with an apron moving in and out of the white, even light”. Isn’t there some divinity in this? Afterwards they also eat the bread he made.