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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Because They Wanted to: Stories

May 17, Abe Brennan rated it really liked it. Dec 16, Ben Bush added it Shelves: A real Romantic rooted in the physical aspect of existence.

I feel like some of the discomforting aspects were added more for shock value than for any literary purpose.

Because They Wanted To is further evidence that Gaitskill is one of the fiercest, funniest, and most subversively compassionate writers at work today. Sure there’s a truckload of insight at work here, and occasionally dark humor rears its head, but really, these stories conjure dust bunnies sulking on dull linoleum.

Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill

May 30, Anna North rated it really liked it. I just wanted her to let it go, and I knew she could. There are variations, of course, and there are moments that still linger, despite my finishing the collection early last week. magy

Nearly every story is actually two stories: In general I liked what Gaitskill had to say with the exception of her last story which was comprised of three parts. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

The book would have gotten a higher rating if not for that. Trivia About Because They Want 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.


There is a contradiction between what they say they want and what they seek out or accept. It also depicted lesbians making out with each wantee even while dating somebody mart. 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 5 stars because the ones I did enjoy, well I LOVED them. Also, Gaitskill reminds me of Checkov in how detached she is in revealing these facts.

We turn away at our own risk. Mary Gaitskill treats us to an array of flawed folk in this somewhat-seesawing-but-by-and-large-accomplished collection of short fiction. A more decoratively expressive home might’ve waked his sensibility and him feel worse” 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 Gaitskil yelling.

I read this book from front to back, and was quickly struck by how closely each story resembled the last. Her clean, precise writing style works so well against the emotional intensity of the stories.

Another masterpiece collection from a writer who may arguably be one day considered Flannery O’Connor’s successor. The author writes well, but I quite disliked her characters.

Return to Book Page. Thanks for recommendation, Cara! I found certain aspects of these people’s lives haunting because every once in a while I fo to a thought, a feeling, something just a sentence long, that seemed so minor, yet so big because it was so messed up, and I admitted to myself that I’ve felt this way at one point or another.

There is a war between those who say there is a war, and those who say there isn’t The characters are like crabs scuttling around, tentatively circling each other from deep within their shells. Common terms and phrases Andy arms asked baby beautiful Becky body boys called chest coffee Daniel Dead Poets Society dentist dinner Dolores dominatrix door drink drop of light Elise embarrassed Eric Erin eyes face fantasy father feel felt Frederick fuck funny girl girlfriend grabbed hair ho he’d head imagined Jacquie Jill Kenneth kind kiss Kitty knew L.


The story “Because They Wanted To” is about babysitting.

See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. Quotes from Because They Want Like trying to be analytical amidst a panic attack. 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. Because They Wanted To: I just wanted tbey to try something new.

Mary Gaitskill is an American author of essays, short stories and novels.

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I found myself purposefully taking a long time to read this because I didn’t want it to end, I wantsd wanted to savour each story bit by bit. I’ll take Wuthering Heights over the withering depths, no matter how deftly rendered and they are. Wantwd don’t think this is a book that you really get unless you’ve read it a couple of times, so I’m unsure how I feel about some of the stories. More books from this author: Find me on social media. Jan 11, Andy rated it it was amazing.

Gaitskill has recounted in her essay “Revelation” becoming a born-again Christian at age 21 but lapsing after six months. I’m intrigued enough maey check out “Bad Behavior” if that gives a better indication of my final thoughts.