Woodcuts of Women

Woodcuts of Women Review

Dagoberto Gilb is an acknowledged master of the short story, the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, and a PEN/Faulkner finalist for his debut collection, The Magic of Blood, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his fiction writing. His critically acclaimed collection Woodcuts of Women is now available in paperback and features ten moving and heartbreaking stories of lust, love, and longing among men and women struggling to find their way in the world. Written in Gilb's spare, humid language, each of these haunting stories is crafted with a poetic, aching beauty. At turns powerful and resonant, hopeful and humorous, Woodcuts of Women is a tour de force by one of America's foremost Latino writers. "The sheer intensity and bravado of [Gilb's] vision make this collection succeed." -- Jean Thompson, The New York Times Book Review "Lonely, tough stories -- stories that force us to confront what's difficult in us, and in the people we love." -- Adrienne Miller, Esquire "Gilb's stories read like verbal woodcuts deliberately unrefined and carefully unadorned, clear in their intent but without undue elaboration...." -- Sean Glennon, The Hartford Courant ."..Gilb writes of the gritty passions of man for women, grand delusions and tender mercies...." -- Oscar C. Villalon, San Francisco Chronicle

Title:Woodcuts of Women
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Dagoberto Gilb is possessed of incredible powers of description. But in a unique way, wholly different and categorically unique; not with words perfectly placed, like Coetzee; not with the winds of ma...

  • I'm simply left in awe with his prose, the way he thinks - the construction of his words. Dagoberto Gilb is the working man's writer, being a working man himself. His words become thoughts, become sen...

  • Eh, the writing is good, but these stories just weren't my cup of tea. I did enjoy "A Painting in Santa Fe."...

  • Woodcuts of Women by Dagoberto Gilb reminds us of the first time we read anything erotic or groundbreaking yielding such an addiction to the page that removing your eyes and mind from the book is as t...

  • This is one of those story collections I tend to re-evaluate the minute I'm done reading. Maybe it's because "Snow," the final story, is so incredible; and maybe it's because I went through the others...

  • I haven't read the last two stories yet, so this review isn't fair. But then again, I can't rate this book fairly at all, because Gilb was my teacher and I'm super fond of him as a person, so I'm prej...

  • i so loved this collection of stories! it is because of this book that made me go to dagoberto gilb's recent reading at sacramento city college to hear him red from the even more magnificent "the flow...

  • I got about half way through this collection of short stories and couldn't finish it. Plenty of folks have written about their sexual rites of passage, but there was something particularly creepy abou...

  • In every chapter, there’s a man looking for love sometimes in all the wrong places—a gay night club, a friend’s dirty unkempt apartment, Hollywood Boulevard. Sometimes love finds him like at a m...

  • Gilb's style is spare and direct, immediate. He takes us right next to his characters' skin rather than inside their minds. This has a sensually enchanting affect, in environs that vary from bowery to...