Because They Wanted To [Mary Gaitskill] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill. Charles Scribners. With her crisp prose and withering eye for detail, Gaitskill invests these scenes with psychological vividness and desolate poignancy. The title story is a portrait of. Because They Wanted To. By MARY GAITSKILL. Simon & Schuster. CHAPTER ONE. Read the Review. Tiny Smiling Daddy. He lay in his reclining chair, barely.
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It reads, sometimes, as kitschy–as if she can’t really escape this bondage-box, as if her characters are all sort of blurring together and experiencing the same conflicts in different settings. Jun 22, Justin rated it really liked it.
I’m afraid I have made this sound creepy.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. And that was not the author’s intention. See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. I was so conflicted about this book. Happy Birthday to Us!
Gaitskill’s second collection is a return to the themes of her first, Bad Behavior There’s a story in this collection in which a woman at a bad party finally feels joy and connection when she lets her hand rest on the roll of fat at her friend’s waist. Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Her work might just hit too close to home. She’s in a tortured,illuminating duet with Leonard Cohen and his “There is a war between the man and the woman.
Moments of brilliance, some wonderful, quirky writing, but overall I felt like the collection beat relationship writing and really bizarre protagonist interiority to death. The narrative taking place in the beginning and the flashback narrative that the current events remind the protagonist of.
Book Review: “Because They Wanted To” by Mary Gaitskill (A Collection of Short Stories)
View all 3 comments. Perhaps reading several stories at a time heightened my awareness of how these men and women clutch at cruelty, indifference, and aggression as if it were love. Lesly becomes obsessed with one of the waitresses at his work, an aspiring actress named Nicki.
I just wanted her to let it tehy, and I knew she could. It seems like the message is, ‘everyone is shallow and into themselves. It’s a good story, but when you see it reflected again and again through the collection, you wonder when Gaitskill’s gonna step out of her comfort zone. Mary Gaitskill is fun at the beginning, but her shtick gets old pretty quickly.
Pardon the t language but Gaitskill’s writing really brings you into the ether through the abyss. The book would have gotten a higher rating if not for that. Bj characters talk about sex so much that you start to hate anything se Mary Gaitskill has a notable understanding of the evils of the female mind.
We turn away at our own risk. It was like she thought everybody had it, and the best you could do was to cover it up, and sometimes it would just come boiling out anyway. He imagined mashing a grapefruit in her face” Because They Wanted to: Aug 02, Brent rated it really liked it.
I enjoyed how she would write sort of common narratives from the “other” point of view, but make them complex characters. Jan 01, Jamie rated it liked it Recommended to Jamie by: Her tales are most successful when anchored by some sense of imposed temporality e.
Conversely, the story “Kiss and Tell” which feels more schematic than the others is interesting primarily as Gaitskill thinking about the ethics of using her own life in her writing. I’m not too compelled to read more of her work. Why settle for quiet desperation when you can have noisy futility? From the author of Bad Behavior comes a new compilation of clever and cutting-edge stories propelling readers into a world of men and women where the ways of desire are sometimes distasteful and complex.
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In fact, he referred me to his wife, who is also a cosmetic dentist, and is a gorgeous blond. Elsie, after sneaking across the border to Vancouver, Canada, gets the only job she can find as an underage illegal alien: If this happened in a Mary Gaitskill story, it would have been more fucked up and sexual.
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Nearly every story is actually two stories: