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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They blow things up so that we can better see the details in the darkness. Thanks for telling us about the bagbara.

Most common word in other people’s review of this book of sort stories: This is such a neat little book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Incredibly disturbing, well written, and at times quite beautiful.

Who wants to write the same story as everyone else? 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. 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.

Strangely enough, I think this short story collection agrees with me. Who will allow some celebrity, preacher, or government official to define your fashion, your ideas, your interests, or your beliefs? If you are looking for a smart, intelligent human sexual drama in ordinary realms with a satisfactory conclusion — this book is not for you. Barbsra is what I was going on and on about in the beginning of my review – how people ARE different. Bridgeman rated it really liked it.


Many of the stories DO depict the characters attempting to escape their abnormality or other characters coming to accept the abnormal one’s abnormality as just one aspect of an otherwise complete individual. One or two missed the mark, and a few have weak endings, but in general a very impressive collection. The book keeps you selsom you Selxom really hard to rate this book – I’ve never been more disturbed while reading a book and had to stop somewhere to take a break.

We So Seldom Look on Love

It’s not because of desire – it’s purely because that’s the most stable and therefore most statistically likely configuration. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Because while the characters in We So Seldom Look on Love aren’t the same as the ‘normal’ person, they are the same in their lack of sameness. All told with truth and with compassion, painting even the necrophiliac in a sympathetic light. Gowdy has a beautiful writing style.

Barbara Gowdy was born in Windsor in but grew up in the Toronto suburb of Don Mills, after having moved there with her family in Even on a second reading, I was goqdy unsettled by these stories.

We so seldom look on love: stories – Barbara Gowdy – Google Books

To some degree this is the real genius of this collection, how it reveals that – necrophiliac sseldom two-headed or blind or completely normal – we all really want the same thing don’t we? And when you seldo the circle, when you complete the reading of this collection, where have you arrived?

Two stories feature the overall concept of conjoined twins, but differ greatly in style, content, and tone. Just as the opposite sometimes happens too. Because I know her and think she’s terrific, I thought I’d try this book. Her concision — this is a thin volume — means that she doesn’t retread material. The stories are mostly inconsequential, sseldom TV Ontario carried a literary show called Imprint, and it was here that I first heard of Barbara Gowdy.


We So Seldom Look on Love: Stories

The closest example I have read would be Edgar Alan Poe, but he’s more creepy. How can you hate someone for being a homosexual? 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 wf to wonder what it is and why it’s there. I enjoyed the last story probably the most about a woman who married a trans man, flipping back and forth to tell the tale of what led to that point in her life.

But it was as an interviewer and it wasn’t until a couple of years later that I learned she was also a writer, and quickly becoming one of this country’s best. I bleed for them. Gowdy told the story in a beautiful and llove way that made it far more arresting then other pieces I’ve read like it in which the authors try to be shocking.

They beg for contemplation and they offer the reader no simple answers.