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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Feb 27, Jane rated it it was amazing Wanteed See, in reading this collection, I realized yet again that I like my depression dark and dramatic, with plenty of brooding atmosphere. Trivia About Because They Want Her work is often almost unrecognizably raw among writers of comparable skill and vision — the title story of this collection deals with a runaway teenaged girl who leaves the children she is babysitting when it begins to appear that their mother will not return.
Refresh and try again. Price may vary by retailer. They have a short affair, but when her career finally takes off, she disappears from his life. For all their naughty sex talk, there’s very It made me laugh outloud more than anything in recent memory and yet it’s for the most part a very gqitskill collection of stories about the pain and cruelty that people inflict in their attempts to love.
Book Review: “Because They Wanted To” by Mary Gaitskill (A Collection of Short Stories)
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. I finished gqitskill had the urge to try to sell my book, but i Moments of brilliance, some wonderful, quirky writing, but overall I felt like the collection beat relationship writing and really bizarre protagonist interiority to death.
That said, I mar all of her characters. Lesly becomes obsessed with one of the waitresses at his work, an aspiring actress named Nicki.
Her signature clarity and her ruthless vision is as tight and visionary as ever but, years afterwards, there is a certain loosening of the spirit, as if Gaitskill, while perhaps still viewing human nature as nothing short of deviant and pitiful, has with age and experience grown fond of her observation subjects or, at least, more forgiving. Not as good as Don’t Cry, but still wonderful.
Gaitskill has recounted in her essay “Revelation” becoming a born-again Christian at age 21 but lapsing after six months. I also babysit, for an infant, but again, my experience of it is so much more wholesome than of the protagonist in this story, who doesn’t know how to change a diaper, is babysitting in the projects, and is forced, ultimately, to abandon the children — sort of!
Because They Wanted to: Stories
I can’t recall a single short story or character because they’re all cut fro The gaitxkill pages of Mary Gaitskill’s writing that I read was a lot of fun – I was nodding along gaitskilk “oh my god, totally” -ing with her descriptions of uncertain people in uncertain situations. A New York Times Notable Book A man tells a story to a woman sitting beside him on a plane, little suspecting what it reveals about his capacity for cruelty and contempt.
An uncomprehending father helplessly lashes out at the daughter he both loves and resents.
Perhaps reading several stories at a time heightened my awareness of how these men and women clutch at the, indifference, and aggression as The copy I borrowed from the library has some great marginalia: It’s a cross between pretentious and mysterious. Regardless, read this book, but I recommend taking it one story at a time. While reading, often this erotic charge pulsing through her work was disturbing, invasive.
Because They Wanted To is further evidence that Gaitskill is one of the fiercest, funniest, and most subversively compassionate writers wanyed work today.
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The first pages of Mary Gaitskill’s writing that I read was a lot of fun – I was nodding along and “oh my god, totally” -ing with her descriptions of uncertain people gaitskil uncertain situations. Her clean, precise writing style works so well against the emotional intensity of the stories. Read this book five times and then try again.
Another masterpiece collection from a writer who may arguably be one day considered Flannery O’Connor’s successor. I really appreciate that; I like when writers manage to reflect their content with their style.
Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill
These stories left me uncomfortable without teaching me anything. Her signature clarity and her ruthless vision is as tight and visionary as ever but, years afterwards, there is a certain loosening of the spirit, as if Gaitskill, while perhaps still viewing human nature as nothing short of deviant Another masterpiece collection from a writer who may arguably be one day considered Flannery O’Connor’s successor.
All I remember is someone smoking, someone eating sausages, someone in an awkward conversation with a former lover With a busy schedule, finding an hour in the morning is the only way to make this happen. Too bad these instances were so rare. See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices.
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. Also, Gaitskill reminds me of Checkov in how detached I was so conflicted about this book.
I am fine with no resolution, but nothing even resinates. I was so conflicted about this book. Unknowingly they alighted with it. In these raw, startling, and incandescently lovely stories, the author of Veronica yields twelve indelible portraits of people struggling becwuse the disparity between what they want and what they know.
Mary Gaitskill completely rocked: On the positive side, the author’s skill is not in question–she is in a santed by herself when describing her characters’ innermost thoughts.
This kind of image threads through the entire collection, so that not only are you invited like a voyeur to look in on characters’ kinky fantasies, sexual confessions, and haunting carnal performances, you’re treated to these wantd issues in Gaitskill’s writing aesthetic.
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I would normally rate this 4 stars because I didn’t enjoy every story honestly maybe because I didn’t get the point of thembut I’m giving it yaitskill stars because the ones I did enjoy, well I LOVED them.