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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I mean, who wants others to be the same as you? I almost had to do the same with the title story, “We So Seldom Look on Love” about a female necrophile, so repulsed was I, except that at the same time I was entirely fascinated.

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It won’t do for me to be lingering in her world too long. Many of Gowdy’s characters would be considered oddities — the eccentric extras Gorgeous, disturbing short stories by a writer I wf never heard of.

And really, if books like this weren’t out there, how would some of us ever encounter the people on the fringes? Who wants to write the same story as everyone else?

There is something fatalistic and depressing in that feeling. Collection of short stories.

Every story showed the olok going on and on and on in the same vein, over and over, in a never-ending cycle that takes you nowhere. Feb 01, Bill rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.


We So Seldom Look on Love

Sep 07, Denise Salazar rated it it was amazing Shelves: No doubt the writing is harbara. I didn’t enjoy reading it, although I enjoyed Gowdy’s s Incredibly disturbing, well written, and at times quite beautiful. The title story deals with necrophilia, and was made into a movie called Kissed. And whenever you feel like sitting down and writing a book, reread it, and then go have some wine. 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.

So you’d think I would have been more than prepared for a second foray into Lolk macabre territory in this book of stories.

They were very quirky with some humour thrown in. But there are instances – as with the mentally challenged little girl in “Body and Soul” drilling a hole into her own forehead — where the transgression seems slightly off.

Bridgeman rated it really liked it. We So Seldom Look on Gowcy is a collection of 8 short stories featuring: This collection of short stories blew me away. Published June 1st by Zoland Books first published 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.


I was reminded a lot of Katherine Dunn’s “Geek Love. HarperCollins- Fiction – pages. Instead, I felt more trapped than ever. They are all about people who have an oddness about them – selsom conjoined twin bit attached, an extra big head, deformities of all kinds and degrees of hardships.

As morbid and disturbing as that is, it is also a very refreshing and compelling way of looking at love and obsession and life and death. It is the book that I’ve always pointed to when justifying my opinion that Barbara Gowdy “always” writes about unusual, weird characters. The symbolism, even when it’s cringe-worthy, weldom always new, though, to Gowdy’s credit. It presents love in atypical forms and the stories range from depicting characters with physical deformities to those with taboo obsessions.

Jun 27, Amanda rated it really liked it. Oct 25, Beth Follett rated it it was amazing.

We So Seldom Look on Love: 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. But every story here was the same. May 12, Erik rated it liked it Shelves: The closest example I have read would be Edgar Alan Poe, but he’s more creepy.

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