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A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,552 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Transcendent stories: about the uncertain gestures of love, about the betrayals and gifts of the body, about the surprises and bounties of the heart, and about what comes to us unbidden and what we choose.

A great short story has the emotional depth and intensity of a poem and the wholeness and breadth of a novel. Amy Bloom writes great short stories. Her first collection,
Paperback, 161 pages
Published July 31st 2001 by Vintage (first published 2000)
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Jun 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
once i was answering phones at small business that did catalog sales, and someone called to make an order and said her name was amy bloom. and i said, not the famous writer amy bloom? and there was this long pause, and then she sort of chortled and said, well, yes, i guess it is.

she stayed on the line and talked to me for five or ten minutes about writing. she was so lovely. if i hadn't already read all her stories, i'd have gone out and bought them on the strength of what she had to say about h
Jan 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
This is the kind of collection that makes people hate short stories. Bogged down with all kind of typical, unspecific tragedy--a dead baby story, of course, because you couldn't possibly be a successful female American story writer without one of those in your bag, breast cancer story, TWO improbable and dishonest I-slept-with-my-stepmother stories (?), and a few more cancer/Parkinson's/someone died stories.

What is frustrating about this isn't that these aren't worthy topics for fiction--they a
3.5 stars

Violent with grief. That's the phrase I kept coming back to while reading Amy Bloom's short stories. In "Rowing to Eden," a woman with breast cancer calls her nurse a "stupid bitch" because of her clumsiness with a needle. In "Hold Tight," Della deals with the death of her mother, and in the process she thinks about how her friends argue with their moms about stupid things like boys and clothes - Della wishes she could "stab them to death." A mother watches her son go through sex reassi
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-want-a-library
A collection of terribly, terribly sad short stories. Puts death and angst in perspective. Made me want to line up every member of my family and hug each one of them, then watch them hug each other. At knife point, of course.
May 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
I feel actors should read this book because I've never read stories with such clear, complete characterizations. And its not simply descriptive - from the very beginning it's as though the characters appear right before you; like really great actors have seeped themselves in their roles and made all the right choices. My only problem is the stories are SO devastating that it's difficult for me to go on to the next story.
Carrie Schindele Cupples
Yes, these are very sad stories. But Amy Bloom seems to write about sadness in a revelatory way, rather than join-me-here-in-this-mucky-mess-of-desperation. The story "The Story" is so excellent, I was happy I read all the way through the collection to finally end on this sentence: "I have made the best and happiest ending that I can in this world, made it out of the flax and netting and leftover trim of someone else's life, I know, but made it to keep the innocent safe and the guilty punished, ...more
Coral Rose
May 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Amy Bloom. I have never read anything of hers before. I mean, I worked at a bookstore at the height of her Away's popularity, but I never did much more than crack the cover and read the book jacket. So why I chose this collection (A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You) of her short stories to start with, I'm not entirely sure. The first story is about a mother's love extending to her daughter as the girl becomes her son. I had just finished this when someone (at a gathering of J's family) aske ...more
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
I really like Amy Bloom's writing. I discovered her via The L Word, she was mentioned by Jenny in one of the episodes. I looked her site up and read some excerpts from her short stories and knew I wanted to read more of her work.

Bloom has a comfortable, conversational way of telling a story. I'm not one for short stories, whether they're good or bad. Bad short stories because they're a waste of time, and good short stories - because you want them to be more than just a short story. This is how
Ronald Wise
Each of these short stories seemed to eventually focus on a love relationship, whether or not it was obvious, socially sanctioned, or even desired. Perhaps the author's previous work as a social worker and psychotherapist had broadened her awareness of the unusual types of relationships.

These stories were generally not celebrations of love. In fact, there seemed to be an overall sense of melancholy resignation, with this attitude perceived in the characters, often before the reader knows why. Un
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I can understand why other reviewers seem to either love or hate Amy Bloom's collection of short stories. The characters face aberration and tragic life circumstances at every turn and in large doses this can be overwhelming for casual reading. Taken one at a time, these are little pearls with inner dialogs that open the reader to an appreciation of the human capacity for unconditional love. Go for it. You'll be forced to think about "what-would-you-do-in-the-same-situation" and that is always a ...more
Jenny Mckeel
Oct 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
This collection was a finalist for the national book critics circle award and the back jacket was full of lines of praise from the New Yorker and the New York Times, but I didn't connect with the stories. I felt like they were written with a lot of polish and there was a lot of cleverness in the stories, but it all felt pretty glib to me and I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters emotionally. They seemed empty to me, shiny but without substance. I don't know. I guess lots of other p ...more
Sara Laor
Aug 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am a bit confused about this book. It focuses on weird people and weird behavior. I know it's fashionable, but also makes for an unpleasant read. Kind of like watching very bad porn. Skip this. There's so much other great stuff to read.
Dec 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes short stories.
Amy Bloom is a powerful writer, and these short stories take your breath away. Her writing is spare, so reminds me of Raymond Carver, but she's writing from a woman's eye and these stories make your heart ache. Fabulous if you like short stories. Not for someone looking for a light read.
Saleh MoonWalker
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Onvan : A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You - Nevisande : Amy Bloom - ISBN : 375705570 - ISBN13 : 9780375705571 - Dar 161 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2000
Vivienne Strauss
I don't even know what I can say about this book to do it justice. Each story was so moving, some left me breathless, others like sharp talons were tearing at my heart.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such exquisite writing, great craft and story telling skill. Sigh.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm torn on the rating for this collection for several reasons. The first of which is that I randomly picked this book of my sister-in-law's bookshelf and started reading without checking the synopsis. I assumed that it was a novel, so I was disappointed when the characters completely changed in the second "chapter," and I just kept wondering when we'd return to them. Obviously we never did because this is a collection of short stories, not a novel.

But this brings me to my main criticism, which
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I only wish there were more stories in this book.

All of these stories are about love, but not in a simplistic or sappy way and, generally, not at all in a "happy" way even. More like, a cynical complex way. Stories like "The Gates Are Closing" or "Night Vision"/"Light Into Dark" almost seem too far out to reflect real relationships...but Bloom's characters are so well crafted, it feels like it could be real (and, the world is full of stranger things, I guess).

In each of these stories, Bloom cap
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, 2018
A short story collection. My favorites stories were the two about the characters Julia and Lionel, the step-mother and son who sleep together after her husband/his father dies. Really complicated stuff. All of these stories have complicated cores that are described very simply, if that makes sense. Like the lesbian who considers a relationship with her friend’s husband as the friend is going through chemo. Reading Amy Bloom’s style very much helped me see how sentences whose purpose is solely de ...more
Sherri Brown
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection of diverse short stories present distinctive characters finding ways to deal with the lives they are given. The characters and situations are dealt with compassionately but frankly. I like the way she presents the characters' observable behaviors alongside their internal monologues.
David Wilkins
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These stories deal with grief and tragedy, but somehow communicate and encompass the depth of emotions and the effects on one's life in very few words. I was particularly moved by Stars at Elbow and Foot, and The Story. The New Yorker captures my observation: " Amy Bloom gets more meaning into individual sentences than most authors manage in whole books."
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2005, short-stories
This book was recommended by Nora Ephron on Oprah's website. I really enjoyed it. Each story was about love - most were romantic, but one about the love between a mother and her daughter - but all of the characters are flawed. The loves described are all just a little bit left of centre, but I still found myself seeing a bit of me in each character. Very well written - I'd even read it again.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Each short story is unique, with very distinct and unusual characters, there some underlying connectedness among these stories, not in plot lines, but in the kind of characters and their nuanced and often difficult relationships. Worth reading.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
All of the stories in this collection were good, but the author saved the best for last. A great quick read!
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A collection of short stories by Amy Bloom. I see how she transitioned from short stories to AWAY and then to full novels.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
All so sad. But still ... would have kept reading.
Jessie Rose
Skipped too many pages, didn’t finish.

Couldn’t stay into this one. Felt like it was mostly back and forth conversations, unsure of where they were going.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerful stories.
Debra B.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book of short stories I have read by Amy Bloom and I enjoyed it just as much. Very good character development. Very well-written.
Amanda Cantu
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Amy Bloom is the author of "Come to Me," a National Book Award finalist; "A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You," nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Love Invents Us"; and "Normal." Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has wri ...more
“There is no such thing as a good writer and a bad liar.” 27 likes
“I have made the best and happiest ending that I can in this world, made it out of the flax and netting and leftover trim of someone else's life, I know, but made it to keep the innocent safe and the guilty punished, and I have made it as the world should be and not as I have found it.” 12 likes
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