We So Seldom Look on Love: Stories. Barbara Gowdy, Author HarperCollins Publishers $20 (0p) ISBN Hailed as a remarkable collection of short stories when it was first released in , We So Seldom Look on Love is Barbara Gowdy’s wholly original and pow.. . A young, beautiful, female necrophile, obsessed with the moment that life turns to death, begins an intense relationship with a medical student that inevitab.

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We So Seldom Look on Love

With a particular focus on obsession and the abnormal, We So Seldom Look On Love explores life at its quirky extremes, pushing past limits of convention into lives that are fanta Now in paperback, this masterfully crafted story collection by the author of the internationally best-selling novel Mister Sandman is a haunting book that is certain to both disturb and entertain. Not my This was a book I noticed was selected by one of our seniors as the book she wanted her honorary bookplate in.

We so seldom look on love: Apr 12, Christy Stewart rated it it was amazing Shelves: Two stories feature the overall concept of conjoined twins, but differ greatly in style, content, and tone. These stories replace the non-PC carnival sideshow. Read some of the stories, all bizarre in their own way some sort of gothic-y. There is little point in repeating what every other reviewer has said, that Gowdy is brilliant and her subject matter twisted but fascinating.

She forces you to look and then tenderly and humorously makes them human for you as if they were your next-door neighbour or, even, you. May 11, Matt Musselman rated it really liked it Shelves: To some degree this is the real genius of this collection, how it reveals that – necrophiliac or two-headed or blind or completely normal – we all really want the same thing don’t we? They hit upon a very basic fear or insecurity that exists in everyone, I think, and they exploit that feeling in all of us and ask us to wonder what it is and why it’s there.

I don’t get my kicks from this, but her writing There is little point in repeating what every other reviewer has said, that Gowdy is brilliant and her subject matter twisted but fascinating. It works, most of the time. It’s not because of desire – it’s purely because that’s the most stable and therefore most statistically likely configuration. Apr 19, Lawrie added it.

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It is limiting, it is hateful, and it is boring as all heck. Body and Soul, Challenges the sanity of an elderly grandmother Aunt Bea in foster home for young girls; we meet Julie epileptic seizure; waiting for mommy in jail as a companion to Terry Penny who is bald, blind and has a damaging birthmark and later Angela missing both arms: And whenever you feel like sitting down and writing a book, reread it, and then go have some wine. At least, not deeply or troublingly. I didn’t enjoy reading it, although I enjoyed Gowdy’s s Incredibly disturbing, well written, and at times quite beautiful.

The corpse-fuckers and the bored exhibitionists and the conjoined twins and the God-fearing girls who can levitate, where would they be without writers like Barbara Gowdy? I don’t get my kicks from this, but her writing is so fine. I don’t go out of my way to read his stuff, and since I’m not a fan of the perverse I can’t say I’ll be dishing up more Gowdy.

We So Seldom Look on Love: Stories

There is something fatalistic and depressing in that feeling. That about sums it up. There exists in the heart of humankind a disease, a conservative, conformist notion of ‘normalcy’ that serves the very useful function of unifying disparate desires garbara thought patterns into a singular, cooperative mindset capable of achieving great things.

Aug 29, David Horton rated it it was ok Shelves: Oct 25, Beth Follett rated it it was amazing. Dec 08, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth rated it liked it. I mean, it happens. Not all these stories are about love but they all display unusual human relationships with some “unusual” people. I also found barhara each story was better than the last one. No trivia or quizzes yet.

In fact, I know it does because all of the universe operates on the Efficiency principle. Whether writing about the dilemma of a two-headed man who attempts to expunge his own pain, the shock of a woman who discovers she has married a transsexual, the erotic delusions of a woman who repeatedly exposes her body to an unknown voyeur, or the bizarre predilections of a female necrophile a story made into the acclaimed motion picture, “Kissed”Gowdy convinces us with incisive detail, only to disarm us with black humor.

Some people will see Barbara Gowdy’s stories as exploitative and desperate in the way of many modern writers trying to seem transgressive. How can you hate someone for being a homosexual? A collection of short stories by the author of Falling Angels features a tale of a blind girl who sees gowy the first time after a successful operation, a learning disabled child, and a man in llook with a necrophiliac.


When folks ask me if there’s anything I won’t write about, I think of this story, because Gowdy has proven that a good writer can write about anything.

So, three stars and a recommendation: But the notion of structuring society primarily on efficiency seems, well, it seems wrong, doesn’t it? And I think, in the tradition of Flannery O’Connor and Edgar Allan Poe and James Purdy, the stories of the outsiders, of the grotesque, even though they can be the most troubling, are the most mundane, almost. Because I know her and think she’s terrific, I thought I’d try this book.

Instead, I felt more trapped than ever. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these short stories. So finally Loev decided to knock this one off my reading list. Body and Soul l. Gowdy is so good at telling these stories that they didn’t feel prurient, even though some of the people in them had non-benign interest in the characters. Ninety-three Million Miles Away, is the story of Ali who has quit a boring job and is looking for affirmation of self-desirability, worth, beauty through her own sex in the presence of a silent witness, Claude, the cosmetic surgeon.

A mixed bag- some stories glitter e. The closest example I have read would be Edgar Alan Poe, but he’s more creepy.

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Even on a second gowdyy, I was t I first read this book many, many moons ago. All of those have served to confirm my original opinion. I would not call this collection disturbing but I certainly would call it depressing. I didn’t enjoy reading it, although I enjoyed Gowdy’s skill. Deep down, beneath the lurid sex and freakish characters, this collection of short stories, We So Seldom Look on Love — a gorgeous title borrowed from a poem by Frank O’Hara — has a gooey, warm heart.

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