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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Perhaps reading several stories at a time heightened my wsnted of how these men and women clutch at cruelty, indifference, and aggression as The copy I borrowed from the library has some great marginalia: These stories left me uncomfortable without teaching me becquse. Gaitskill frequently writes the way I feel somehow, which convinced me that even when the thoughts expressed were not mine, they are nonetheless real. It’s a cross between pretentious and mysterious.

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Not only does she take out all the fun of getting to know a character, she also makes it easier for herself because then she doesn’t have to show you that the person is giatskill yet ferocious, she puts you in a gaiitskill where you have to take her word for it. 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.

Blanket Valerie starts up a relationship with a younger man named Michael. May 17, Mary rated it really liked it. The author writes well, but I quite disliked her characters. Her stories are also very similar to each other, so that they meld into one long montage of bisexual damaged academics going to apartment parties and having regretful sex. A real Romantic rooted in the physical aspect of existence.

Thanks becausw telling us about the problem. I was ready for the book to be over about halfway through, but finished it anyway. I relate too much.


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He tjey mashing a grapefruit in her face” The writing here is pretty good, and the character development is decent. Aug 08, Alyssa Knickerbocker rated it really liked it. An ultra sexual woman who likes to talk about her sexuality as if it’s the morning news. With that said, there were some stories that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Her characters talk about sex so much that you start to hate anything sensual. 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.

Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill

Want to Read saving…. Her tales are most successful when thet by some sense of imposed temporality e. There is a war between those who say there is a war, and those who say there isn’t In one novel, you will get a lot of in-depth investigation of any characters “issue,” but you also get a lot more complexity outside of that. Thanks for recommendation, Cara! She still is, but this book of short stories is really intense.

Bad girls misbehave and end up as wwnted in sexual pathology.

Trivia About Because They Want Law ladybugs legs lesbian lips looked Margot Mary Gaitskill masturbating mean mother mouth moved movie nice Nicki night nose okay pain pants Patrick Patty paused peignoir phlebotomist Polaroids pretty Prozac pulled remembered Rick Robin seemed sex workers she’d shit shoulders sitting sleep smiled someone stared stood stopped stripper stuff talk television producer tell thing Thorold thought tiny told took trying turned Valerie voice walked watching woman would’ve Yeah yelling.

You begin a story like that, and it’s brave and honest and true, and then I realize May 17, Abe Brennan rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book. May 03, Emily rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I don’t normally love short stories because I love becoming attached to characters and really investing myself in a story, but I gotta say I loved this collection.


Selected pages Title Page. What you have to say about loneliness, longing, desperation, and the predatory and sad and silly and tender aspects of human nature rings true. I’m afraid I have made this sound creepy. An uncomprehending father helplessly Although at times Ms.

Apr 26, Kristie rated it it was ok. It is actually great. 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.

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. I was a little disappointed with this collection. Their mother was always late for work.

Price may vary by retailer. The narrative taking place in the beginning and the flashback narrative that the current events remind the protagonist of.

Recommended by Emily, who suggested that Mray check out the story “The Dentist,” after my recent flurry of dental activity. Jun 22, Justin rated it really liked it. They have a short affair, but when her career finally takes off, she disappears from his life.

Aug amry, Maia rated it really liked it Shelves: More books from this author: 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.

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