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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I finished and had the urge to try to sell my book, but it’s signed by the author to me, which I’m sure hampers the resale value.

Transfixing dust bunnies, but dust bunnies. I just wanted her to let it go, and I knew she could. She was polite and almost seemed fragile until someone said something she disagreed with and she was quite intense in her response.

Then you had to point at it and condemn it, even though you knew you had it too. There is a war between those who say there is a war, and those who say there isn’t She applies the same detachment when describing a rape scene as she does when describing a character sipping water.

Her signature clarity and her ruthless vision becwuse 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 vecause, has with gaitwkill and experience grown fond of her observation subjects or, at least, more forgiving. These aren’t stories that lend themselves to Hollywood endings, at least not as Gaitskill has written them.

I think part of the work of writing, is reading. There is something about Mary Gaitskill’s emotional precision that I find off-putting and scientific. Simon and SchusterFeb 27, – Fiction – pages. Because They Wanted To the title story Elsie, after sneaking across the border to Vancouver, Canada, gets the only job she can find as an underage illegal alien: It is lurid and sublime and can be heartbreaking in a bunch of ways you never really experienced as a reader.


Basically a continuation of Bad Behavior. Too bad these instances were so rare.

One theme I especially noticed in this one though aspects of it showed up in other stories was her ebcause of lesbian relationships. Perhaps reading several stories at a time heightened my awareness of how these men and women clutch at cruelty, indifference, and aggression as The copy I borrowed from the library has some great marginalia: Also, most of her stories seem to end without any resolution. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill

I’m afraid I have made this sound creepy. She has truly triumphed in expressing in words these things which can be so beyond them. In my experience there is no living author who can write music or sex like Mary Gaitskill, which makes perfect sense. Jul 24, Rose Gowen rated it it was amazing. He imagined mashing a grapefruit in her face” So, thank you Emily, for recommending this book which would resonate with my life in so many ways.

The copy I borrowed from the library has some great marginalia: Apr 26, Kristie rated it it was ok. I’ll take Wuthering Heights over the withering depths, no matter how deftly rendered and they are. We turn away at our own risk.

Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! It’s a cross between pretentious and mysterious. People always use the word “depraved” to describe Mary Gaitskill’s characters Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Stories Mary Gaitskill Limited preview – Like trying to be analytical amidst a panic attack. Ugh, Are You A Feminist? The best way I can describe the stories is to say that even the one that ends happily involves a rape fantasy I feel gross just typing that.


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

Mary Gaitskill is an American author of essays, short stories and novels. Perhaps reading several stories at a time heightened my awareness of how these gaitslill and women clutch at cruelty, indifference, and aggression as if it were love. Common terms and phrases Andy arms asked baby beautiful Becky body boys called chest coffee Daniel Dead Poets Society dentist dinner Dolores gajtskill door drink drop of light Elise embarrassed Eric Erin eyes face fantasy father feel felt Frederick fuck funny girl girlfriend grabbed hair hand he’d head imagined Jacquie Jill Kenneth kind kiss Kitty knew L.

Gaitskill’s second collection is a return wznted the themes of her first, Bad Behavior I was so conflicted about this book. Common Themes in this Collection: Being a lesbian myself, I found it extremely off-putting that the only way she depicted lesbians was living “alternative lifestyles”; it seemed very reductive and ignorant.

To me the story series, which concludes it is maybe the least successful. But these stories are heartbreakingly sad Aug 08, Alyssa Knickerbocker rated it really liked it. The book would have gotten a higher rating if not for that. Goodreads brcause you keep track of books you want to read.