Woodcuts of Women: Stories

Woodcuts of Women: Stories

by Dagoberto Gilb
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Dagoberto Gilb's 'Woodcuts of Women' is one of the most honest, entertaining, well-crafted short story collections about love and lust that I've read in a long while. Gilb doesn't spare us when he allows his male characters to delve deeply into their obsessions with the opposite sex. In 'Maria de Covina,' the first story in the collection, a young Chicano (nineteen but he thinks he passes for twenty) simply tells us: 'This is the thing: I like women. No, wait. I love women.' In 'The Pillows,' the male protagonist, Jorge, thinks he figured out why his pocho friend, Danny, is having women problems: the only pillows he owns are old, raggedy and dirty. Jorge is obsessed about this particularly while housesitting for Danny. Jorge tells his own girlfriend: 'I can't imagine a woman getting in a bed with those pillows. I can't imagine a woman wanting to, even to take a nap.' Some of the stories are heartbreaking, like 'Shout,' where poverty pushes a man to be abusive to his wife and children; even here, there is a glimmer of hope, hope based on love of women. Gilb is a master at ambiguities, our ambiguities as people searching for companionship. The only bad thing about this book is that it is too short (a mere 167 pages). Much praise is also due to the artist, Artemio Rodriguez, who illustrated each story with linocuts (similar to woodcuts); these illustrations capture the wonder, danger and craziness of loving women too much.