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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The stories are mostly inconsequential, in that I mean there’s no real punchline or tidy resolution to the ends of them, and this isn’t esldom bad thing. Most common word in other people’s review of this book gowyd sort stories: Wildly imaginative, richly characterised, and so thoroughly engaging I avoided anything that might disturb me mid-story, to the point of being somewhat rude to the people around me.

Instead, I felt more trapped than ever. No doubt the writing is good. At least, not deeply or troublingly. 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. 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. It’s a great read. As always, Barbara Gowdy’s characters are a tad freakish and mostly likeable.

I think, this book is absolutely divisive. And I love every one of the characters. And really, if books like this weren’t out there, how would some of us ever encounter the people on the fringes?

Each time I came back to it after a long break, I could hear m No doubt the writing is good. It was like onn a fight between a brave and good band of warriors vs.

We So Seldom Look on Love

Want to Read saving…. These stories replace the non-PC carnival sideshow. Nov 18, Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing. Championing this particular book would be like championing the fellow who does his business then turns around to study it just a bit too long.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I didn’t enjoy reading it, although ,ove enjoyed Gowdy’s skill. The title story deals with necrophilia, and was made into a movie called Kissed.

Feb 01, Bill rated it really liked it Shelves: Defs give this one a chance if you have an iron stomach.

Many of Gowdy’s characters would be considered oddities — the eccentric extras Gorgeous, disturbing short stories by a writer I had never heard of. View all 7 comments. Body and Soul, Challenges the sanity of an elderly grandmother Aunt Bea in foster home for young girls; If you are looking for a smart, intelligent human sexual drama in ordinary realms with a satisfactory conclusion — this book is not for you.

Dec 08, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth rated it liked it. I mean, who wants others to be the same as you? But it is as if we gawkers are only allowed to look if we promise to try to imagine how these people in the tents think and feel.

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. They would seem like two happily married, perfectly normal people. Society, evolution, and biology together form a giant factory attempting to churn out the same types of people over and over.

Yowdy poor girl whos Wow. But the notion of structuring society primarily on efficiency seems, well, it seems wrong, doesn’t it? And so I, at last, come to my rating, my 3 stars. Who wants to be the same as others?

Who will allow some celebrity, preacher, or government official to define your fashion, your ideas, your interests, or your beliefs? There is little point in repeating what every other reviewer has said, that Gowdy is brilliant and her subject matter twisted but fascinating.


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That about sums it up. Apr 12, Christy Stewart rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 12, Erik rated it liked it Shelves: I first read this book many, many moons ago.

And they are wonderfully provocative. Some of these stories are great. Gowdy told the story in narbara beautiful and loving way that made it far more arresting then other pieces I’ve read like it in which the authors try to be shocking. Because I know her and think she’s terrific, I thought I’d try this book.

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Deep down, beneath the lurid sex and freakish characters, this collection of harbara stories, We So Seldom Look on Love — a gorgeous title borrowed from a poem by Frank O’Hara — has a gooey, warm heart. I don’t get my kicks from this, but her writing is so fine. Each view is different Aug 29, David Horton rated it it was ok Shelves: View all 4 comments. The closest example I have read would be Edgar Alan Poe, but he’s more creepy.

Published June 1st by Zoland Books first published There is something fatalistic and depressing in that feeling. She has also taught creative writing at Ryerson and the University of Toronto and has worked as an interviewer for the TVOntario program, Imprint. People aren’t the same “deep down.