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 think, this book is absolutely divisive. Instead, I felt more trapped than ever. You’re right back where you started.

And I love every one of the characters. Feb loo, Kane S. The emotional footprint is identical. It took a long time for me to finish this book and I have the feeling that I am actually abandoning it. Aug 20, Ferris rated oj it was ok. Strangely enough, I think this short story collection agrees with me.

I especially loved the story about the female necrophile, which was a tender, heartbreaking love story. We so seldom look on love: Want to Read saving…. 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.

You read something by Barbara Gowdy and you realize you are completely inferior and nothing you do will ever make you better barbarz.


Most common word in other people’s review of this book of sort stories: Story after story, you feel like glued to the pages, knowing that a moment of shock loe soon to come, and wanting to know what it is.

We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy

Feb 26, Giulia Barazza rated it it was amazing. We So Seldom Look on Love is the story of those who, through some error in the system, didn’t turn out the same.

Initially drawn in by the collection’s title, this book wasn’t what I expected and I’m really glad it wasn’t a run of the mill take on love. All of those have served to confirm my original opinion.

We So Seldom Look on Love

I felt no lightness, no escape. The ebb and flow of foreshadowing, conflict, rising action, etc are identical. This book will stick wi Most common word in other people’s review of this book of sort stories: I have come to the realization that you seldoom never read a short story collection from the same author unless that author is a speculative writer e.

It works, most of the time. And whenever you feel like sitting down and writing a book, reread it, and then go have some wine.

I wish I could give this more than five stars. Read some of the stories, all bizarre in their own way some sort of gothic-y. It is limiting, it is hateful, and it is boring as all heck.


Because I know her and think she’s terrific, I thought I’d try this book. There’s a story about a woman learning that her husband was actually born a woman, a story about a man with two heads who tries to murder his other head,another about a female exhibitionist, and another about a girl who has toddler-sized legs on her torso her Siamese twin.

Many of Gowdy’s characters would be considered oddities — the eccentric extras Gorgeous, disturbing short stories by a writer I had never heard of. Return to Book Page.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sep 22, J. Delving into the heart of all the characters and being shown unexplored perspectives, from the conjoined twins to the woman married to a trans-man, is an experience that won’t be leaving my head anytime soon.

But for the most part, they fail. View sp 7 comments. Like her novels, we see her championing the misfits and outcasts and explore their worlds in an honest and sympathetic fashion.