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by Barbara Gowdy

Free eBook We So Seldom Look on Love: A Collection of Stories (Flamingo originals) download ISBN: 0006545491
Author: Barbara Gowdy
Publisher: Flamingo (January 5, 1998)
Language: English
Pages: 224
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories and Anthologies
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on Love To my sister, Beth Well, it is better that S O M E O N E love them and we so seldom look on love that it seems. Also by Barbara Gowdy. Body and Soul: Short Story. We So Seldom Look on Love.

Barbara Gowdy We So Seldom Look on Love To my sister, Beth Well, it is better that S O M E O N E love them and we so seldom look on love that it seems. for Annie Dillard and Marius von Senden. In the apartment building across from theirs, six storeys above the ground, a cat walks along a balcony railing. Cat, Julie announces, then stretches open her mouth in a pantomime of her mother screaming when there was a cat in their toilet. The Two-Headed Man: Short Story.

This book is one th We So Seldom Look On Love, Barbara Gowdy's first published book, is a compilation of short stories. Like her novels, we see her championing the misfits and outcasts and explore their worlds in an honest and sympathetic fashion

This book is one th We So Seldom Look On Love, Barbara Gowdy's first published book, is a compilation of short stories. Like her novels, we see her championing the misfits and outcasts and explore their worlds in an honest and sympathetic fashion a woman exhibitionist, a two-headed man, a girl with her dead Siamese twin's trunk growing from her hip, a woman who literally embraces death. her stories come off as compassionate and true

CANADIAN Barbara Gowdy's third book is original and daring, never glib, though nearly always entertaining.

CANADIAN Barbara Gowdy's third book is original and daring, never glib, though nearly always entertaining

NOW IN PAPERBACK, this masterfully crafted story collection by the author of the internationally best-selling novel .

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. 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 fantastic and heartbreakingly real.

Authors: Barbara Gowdy. Ninety-Three Million Miles Away: Short Story. 10. Falling Angels. Barbara Gowdy: Wel. whole lot of what is human is alien to me, but it’s hardly my job to decide whether or not it should exist or be explored. I can be as repelled as anyone else. I struggle against my reactions, though, when I feel that they’re getting in the way of my finding out something interesting or important. MoreLess Show More Show Less.

Gowdy told the story in a beautiful and loving way that made it far more arresting then other pieces I've read like .

Gowdy told the story in a 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.

A debut collection from Canadian novelist Gowdy (Through the Green .

A debut collection from Canadian novelist Gowdy (Through the Green Valley, 1988) limns-with dark humor and wry compassion-the lives of those on the margins of normality. A debut collection from Canadian novelist Gowdy (Through the Green Valley, 1988) limns-with dark humor and wry compassion-the lives of those on the margins of normality.

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Barbara Gowdy, CM (born 25 June 1950) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. Born in Windsor, Ontario, she is the long-time partner of poet Christopher Dewdney and resides in Toronto. The narrator and main character of the title short story of her 1992 collection, We So Seldom Look On Love, for instance, is an assistant embalmer at a funeral home who makes love to the bodies of attractive young men before they are buried. The story was the inspiration for the 1996 Canadian independent film Kissed, directed by Lynne Stopkewich and starring Molly Parker.

A debut collection of short stories by the author of the novel "Falling Angels". Populated by an assortment of freaks, Siamese twins, voyeurs, exhibitionists, necrophiles and transsexuals, this collection of extraordinary, bizarre and often grotesque stories is shot through with humorous sympathy.
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Liarienen
There are fantastic stories in here like the beautiful necrophiliac or the two headed man personifying good and evil, but my favorite story was the one about the foster children. Gowdy told the story in a 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.
Bil
A delightfully bizarre collection of short stories. If you're looking for something different, in bite-sized chunks, "We So Seldom Look On Love" will deliver.
Zaryagan
I love her writing style. The movie Kissed prompted me to get this book and now I'm glad I did.
Thetath
The author invites the reader into the minds of some curious characters who might be worthy of severe criticism, but the reader is invited to explore them without judgement like an anthropology ethnography. The characters are usually slightly naive, inexperienced, innocent, introspective, and acting in good faith. And they don't know it, but they are awfully quirky. Over the course of the stories they are learning just how quirky they are.

The world these stories takes place in is reminiscent of the playful black-humour novel Geek Love: A Novel by Katherine Dunn (1989). Just slightly magical, which permits the flaws of the characters to be charming, highly visible, ridiculous, and perhaps ultimately allegorical. Also reminiscent of Margaret Atwood (another Canadian), particularly in the intensely self-aware and introspective nature of the characters--they spend a lot of time evaluating themselves and thinking. The last novel I'm reminded of is And the Ass Saw the Angel, Revised Edition by Nick Cave, except AASA is a difficult read and might have been more approachable in short story form.

The short story format is used well. Gowdy has a particular knack for ending short stories at the right time--before all the strings are tied up. A sensitive reader might occasionally find an ending heavy handed as it wraps up with commentary on the theme, but I found those endings an opportunity to spend a little more time with the the story and think about the ethical dilemmas posed.

I have a suggestion--Read this book but skip the first story. I think it is a disaster. Perhaps it was placed first as a warm-up to the world the stories take place in but it lacks the glowing life of the remaining stories. It also suffers from burdensome over-narration of internal thoughts of multiple characters that don't drive the story, has a total failure of imagination in trying to express a characters fascination with the visual world, and occasionally the description of physical events defy common sense and feel clumsy in a way that the editor should have dealt with. And it is entirely too long for the story it contains. The conceit is clever enough, just poorly executed.

First story aside, this is a charming collection of short stories and I'm distressed that there are only 9 reviews. (I was just writing a one-star review of The Girl With the Dragon tattoo which at this time has 2,733 reviews.) I think a sophisticated reader would enjoy this book unless they regularly find deeply introspective characters exhausting, despise magical realism (I liked this despite hating the emotional latino magical realism of Like Water For Chocolate, probably because LWFC wants to be magical while simultaneously utterly depressingly serious), or aren't prepared to approach circus freaks with a sense of humour.
Shezokha
An utterly amazing collection of short stories, many of which are related to one another, so they fit well together as a group. She has a knack for taking the most unusual or unconventional characters and situations and making them seem so realistic and sympathetic. One thing that always strikes me is that she seems to care about her characters so much. Despite their flaws, despite their outright freakishness at times, she, because of her affection for them, is able to convey to the reader their fundamental humanity. As a result, the focus is taken away from whatever makes them different, and we are instead drawn to see the similarities between them and ourselves.
Some images from this book will stay with me forever. Silvie and Sue as well as Simon and Samuel, two sets of siamese twins, each with their own story, for example. Incomparable characterization, simple but profound writing style, this book is absolutely unforgettable.
And, if I can sneak in another recommendation, check out "Mister Sandman" by the same author - as much as I loved this one, that one's even better!
shustrik
I'm not surprised - I knew Gowdy was an artist when I picked up her novel "Falling Angels" by accident. This book of short stories is an incredible and dizzying fall into the world of the bizarre - where everything that is off-the-wall, quirky, and unacceptable, becomes normal, textured, and sprinkled with a bit of reality - though not to the point of being ho-hum. Oh, no! Barbara Gowdy will grab you by the neck and MAKE you admit it's a beautiful world, filled with odd, gorgeous people. I love this author - she is the only writer I've ever known who revels and celebrates the crazy shapes and colours of the human animal.
Invissibale
If you have ever had romantic yearnings for a corpse, or imagined a prom queen boning ('scuse the pun) some embalmed remains, this books is for you. I have never experienced a mental pathology in a way that made me so wistful and contemplative, so empathetic and receptive and alive. Give it a try! This book will open you petal by petal, to the sun.
I picked this book up on a whim, and discovered a jewel. The stories humanize those made inhuman by society and its constraints, and at the same time show the deeply ingrained pain they endure due to their differences. For those who enjoy Katherine Dunn's darkness (so stunningly seen in Geek Love), this book should be your next read.