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 have come to the realization that you should never read a short story collection from the same author unless that author is a speculative writer e.

In the early s, Gowdy became an editor for the publisher Lester and Orpen Dennys. It’s really no surprise that so many reviews describe this collection as “disturbing. I like to think that intolerance is slowly growing extinct.

We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy

Most common word in other people’s review of this book of sort stories: This book will stick wi Most common word selldom other people’s review of this book of sort stories: This book deals with abhorrent topics such as necrophilia in a manner that elicits compassion for the characters and the world at large which deals with such characters.

Body and Soul l. May 20, Kamalendu Nath rated it really liked it. Contents Body and Soul l. Inhuman is the word I’d use. Every story is barbarq a person completely defined by his or her abnormality or trauma.

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. However, some of these stories were just too weird for me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these short stories. 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.


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. All of those have served to confirm my original opinion. Sep 07, Denise Salazar rated it it was amazing Shelves: In fact, I know it does because all of the universe operates on the Efficiency principle.

These freaks, these abnormal characters, they’re really just the same as us, aren’t they? Gorgeous, disturbing short stories by a writer I had never heard of. But every story here was the same. I will miss it. I don’t get my kicks from this, but her writing There is little point in repeating what every other reviewer has said, that Gowdy is brilliant and her subject matter twisted but fascinating.

Bridgeman rated it really liked it. It presents love in atypical forms and the stories range from depicting characters with physical deformities to those with taboo obsessions. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

But the material is revolting. We So Seldom Look on Love is a collection of 8 short stories featuring: And they are wonderfully provocative.

I kept reading to see what could possibly come next, but certainly not my usual fare. And when you complete the circle, when you complete the reading of this collection, where have you arrived? A collection of short stories by the author of Falling Angels features a tale of a blind girl who sees for the first time after a successful operation, a learning disabled child, and a man in love with a necrophiliac.


It was written with so much haunting empathy that Barbsra couldn’t help but feel the grief of the characters and ache for them in more ways than I’d expected to. Each time I came back to it after a long break, I could hear m No doubt the writing is good.

The symbolism, even when it’s cringe-worthy, is always new, though, to Gowdy’s credit. And I think, in the tradition of Flannery O’Connor ew Edgar Allan Poe and James Purdy, the stories of the outsiders, of the grotesque, even though they can be the most troubling, are the most mundane, almost.

Incredibly disturbing, well written, and at times quite beautiful. And I just can’t stop thinking about them.

We So Seldom Look on Love

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Read some of the stories, all bizarre in their own way some sort of gothic-y. Buy it for your bookshelf.

Dec 22, Phil Della rated it it was amazing. To look degree this is the real genius of this collection, how it reveals that – necrophiliac or two-headed or blind or completely normal – we all really want the same thing don’t we? I didn’t enjoy reading it, although I enjoyed Gowdy’s skill. Aug 29, David Horton rated it it was ok Shelves: Jul 06, spherical.