BARBARA GOWDY WE SO SELDOM LOOK ON LOVE PDF

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. Nothing seems to hold back the narrative flow, not propriety, not politics, not even that ambiguity we once called good taste. Gowdy writes about the macabre, but she writes like an angel. Category: Fiction. Add to Cart.

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While her gifts are impressive, her choice of subject matter can be profoundly disconcerting, even to a public inured to aberration and toughened by daily exposure to the outrageous. There are eight tales here, each extreme in its own way, some merely extending the usual limits of plausibility, others reaching far beyond the credible to the utterly fantastic.

A lonely widow provides a foster home for severely damaged children: a precocious girl of 9 born blind and disfigured, as well as an older child who is both epileptic and severely retarded. When surgical miracles restore the sight and the appearance of the younger child so she can be placed in a permanent home, Aunt Bea accepts an armless girl in her stead.

Grave physical deformity abounds here: a girl with the lower half of a twin attached to her hips, a two-headed man, a doomed hydrocephalic. We follow all of these characters up to the moment of their operations, though Gowdy prefers to leave us in doubt about the outcomes. The title story deals with necrophilia, described in graphic terms calculated to stun readers who may already be reeling from the impact of the others. By insisting that we think of necrophilia as just another variety of love, the horrific effect is at first intensified and then undone.

Obsessed with the voyeur, she stalks him, sends him binoculars and finally confronts him in person. Though her characters cope with their various pathologies in ingenious ways, the disorders are so extreme that they subsume the human being struggling to emerge.

Recalling the stories, we forget the individual people and remember only the horrendous disease. Hot Property. About Us. Brand Publishing. Times News Platforms. Times Store. Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options.

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We So Seldom Look On Love by Barbara Gowdy

While her gifts are impressive, her choice of subject matter can be profoundly disconcerting, even to a public inured to aberration and toughened by daily exposure to the outrageous. There are eight tales here, each extreme in its own way, some merely extending the usual limits of plausibility, others reaching far beyond the credible to the utterly fantastic. A lonely widow provides a foster home for severely damaged children: a precocious girl of 9 born blind and disfigured, as well as an older child who is both epileptic and severely retarded. When surgical miracles restore the sight and the appearance of the younger child so she can be placed in a permanent home, Aunt Bea accepts an armless girl in her stead. Grave physical deformity abounds here: a girl with the lower half of a twin attached to her hips, a two-headed man, a doomed hydrocephalic. We follow all of these characters up to the moment of their operations, though Gowdy prefers to leave us in doubt about the outcomes.

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