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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In fact, I know it does because all of the universe operates on the Efficiency principle. The characters are haunting and disturbing and fascinating. This was a book I noticed was selected by one of our seniors as the book she wanted her honorary bookplate in. The emotional footprint is identical.

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Because although it was a good piece of work, great even, it was not very palatable. Oct 25, Beth Follett rated it it was amazing. Dec 29, Leticia Cubias rated it it was amazing.

I don’t at all presume to know now what life might be like for a necrophiliac, or a man whose cojoined brother has sole control over their shared body. It’s not because of desire – it’s purely because that’s the most stable and therefore most statistically likely configuration. Inhuman is the word I’d use.

I don’t eo my kicks from this, but her writing is so fine. Each view is different It was written with so much haunting empathy that I couldn’t help but feel the grief of the characters and ache for them in more ways than I’d expected to.

Nov 18, Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing. There’s a story about a woman learning that her husband was actually born a woman, a story about a man with two heads who tries to murder his other head,another seldoom a female exhibitionist, and another about a girl who has toddler-sized legs on her torso her Siamese twin.

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And I love every one of the characters.

Because I know her and think she’s terrific, Wee thought I’d try this book. Take away the necrohpiliac’s necrophilia, for example, and what story do you have? 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.

I think I have never read a book this fast.

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There is something fatalistic and depressing in that feeling. Two people unacquainted with grief. They are all about people who have an oddness about them – a conjoined twin bit attached, an extra big head, deformities of all kinds and degrees of hardships.

Nov 12, Denis rated it it was amazing. I mean, who wants others to be the same as you? I felt no lightness, no escape. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The closest example I have read would be Edgar Alan Poe, but he’s more creepy. After graduating from high school in the late s, she studied at York University and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these short st I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I didn’t really find these stories “disturbing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And they’re Gowdy’s own: It won’t do for me to be lingering in her world too long.

Mar 25, Shari J rated it really liked it. Bridgeman rated it really liked it. If there is anything that detracts from this book, it is that slightly obnoxious need to be transgressive. And I just can’t stop thinking about them. It’s really no surprise that so many reviews describe this collection as “disturbing.


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I am almost certainly a fool, but I like to think that abnormal people need not be defined by their abnormality. This book is one the few short story collections I plan on rereading, in order to check out how the author pulls off these wonderful stories, and to revisit her intriguing characters. And “Lizards” and “Flesh of My Flesh” tell the disparate stories of two friends. From inside the book. Story after story, you feel like glued to the pages, knowing that a moment of shock is soon to come, and wanting to know what it is.

So you’d think I would have been more than prepared for a second foray into Gowdy’s macabre territory in this book of stories. No trivia or quizzes yet. But the material is revolting. 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.

Peer pressure, in short, which helps everyone be on the same page but also demonizes ideas and persons exotic from us. Buy it for your bookshelf.

We So Seldom Look on Love: Stories

Every story is about a person completely loove by his or her abnormality or trauma. They were very quirky with some humour thrown in.

One or two missed the mark, and a few have weak endings, but in general a very impressive collection. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Even on a lovs reading, I was t I first read this book many, many moons ago.