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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In general I liked what Gaitskill had to say with the exception of her last story which was comprised of three parts. Her characters talk about sex so much that you start to hate anything sensual.

This is a terrific collection of longish short stories by a writer with a very keen eye for the human condition and ear for language. Mary Gaitskill has a notable understanding of the evils of the female mind. Thank you for signing up, gaitskull book lover! Jul 24, Rose Gowen rated it it was amazing.

Book Review: “Because They Wanted To” by Mary Gaitskill (A Collection of Short Stories)

They have a short affair, but when her career finally takes off, she disappears from his life. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I also had a mild crush on my wholesome cosmetic dentist, but I never went on a date with him. It made me laugh outloud more than anything in recent memory and yet it’s for the most part a very sad collection of stories about the pain and cruelty that people inflict in their tehy to love.


Because They Wanted to: Stories

May 17, Mary rated it really liked 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. Henry Prize Stories Being a lesbian myself, I found it extremely off-putting th In general I liked what Gaitskill had to say with the exception of her last story which was comprised of three parts.

Also, Gaitskill reminds me of Checkov in how detached she is in revealing these facts. 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 beecause the ways of desire are sometimes distasteful and complex.

I was particularly struck by “The Dentist,” “The Blanket” and “The Girl on the Plane,” although maybe their somewhat more male focus appealed to me. In these raw, startling, and incandescently lovely stories, the author of Veronica yields twelve indelible portraits of people struggling with the disparity between what they want and what wantev know. I enjoyed how she would write sort of common narratives from the “other” point bfcause view, but make them complex characters.

The Girl on the Plane. The story “Because They Wanted To” is about babysitting. Gaitskill frequently writes the way I feel somehow, which convinced me that even when gaitekill thoughts expressed were not mine, they are nonetheless real.

Wantted 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 same issues in Gaitskill’s writing aesthetic. Mary Gaitskill completely rocked: I suppose it’s the recovering goth in me. Jan gaitksill, Jamie rated it liked it Recommended to Jamie by: 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.


Because They Wanted To | Book by Mary Gaitskill | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

Thanks for telling us about the problem. All of the stories in this book are based around different female characters who are essentially the same.

I’d read the first short story from this collection “Tiny Smiling Daddy” in an anthology and hadn’t really been into it but ended up at a reading of hers recently and was super-impressed. No trivia or quizzes yet. The children ate breakfast in the centre of this surging effort. I’d read wantrd of these stories vecause the magazines they were originally published in, but to read them one after the other, in the same volume, is a treat.

But Gaitskill is a fantastically talented writer with a great gift for what lies beneath the surface of interpersonal relationships–especially the theyy ones. Simon and SchusterFeb 27, – Fiction – pages. Stories Mary Gaitskill Limited preview – Their mother was always late for work.

Then you had to point at it and condemn it, even though you knew you had it too.

That said, I hated all of her characters. Although at times Ms.