Olive Kitteridge
  • Olive Kitteridge
  • Olive Kitteridge
  • Olive Kitteridge
ISBN: 0812971833
EAN13: 9780812971835
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 30, 2008
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   Must Read
Reminiscent of Virginia Woolf or Toni Morrison, this author doesn't shy away from the truth about her creations. Olive is as real as she is flawed and the experience of her life constantly reminds of one's own. I have gone on to read all of this writers novels and she tops my list for must read...
   A Beautiful and Enriching Novel
I know my review won't make a difference, but I just wrote a negative review so I wanted to balance things out. I will make a brief. This is one of the best books I' ve ever read. I usually don't read books again, but this one will be an exception. In a small town, Stout tells small stories about small people, but none of them are small, because they are all beautiful. The authorial voice is beautiful. Over and over, I describe the book as beautiful. Sometimes I had to put the book down because of her beautiful use of language. My life has been enriched by reading this novel, so I will conclude my review by saying that.
   Finely Wrought Vignettes of Small Town Life
There are 13 stories about a small group of people living in a coastal Maine town. There are snapshots of our lives. These tales are finely crafted and have little gems of insight. The stories all involve the central character, Olive Kitteridge, in one way or another, and they are all told from the perspective of either Olive or one of the townspeople. Each gives us a glimpse into a life of one of the townsfolk. The scope and breadth of this novel is far greater than the sum of its 13 parts, because of their ability to expose deep feelings of love, loss, abandonment, and the complexity of life. It's worth a read and reflection.
   I didn't read the negative reviews before trying to read this boring/depresing book. I should have!
Olive and her husband are not able to work on their lives. Living in depressing morasses and doing nothing positive. They' re not people you would want to meet for coffee. I gave up and didn't want to waste my time. This was the right decision for me because of the negative reviews.
   SO depressing!
I gave up halfway through the book. The characters are just as miserable as in the other books I' ve read. I wanted to see what Strout had done to win the Pulitzer. The previous two books were more downer than this one. Everyone is angry and unhappy. I want to read about miserable lives. No one knows how or why it won.
   Regrettable waste of time
I kept asking myself where the sad stories were going and what the plot was. About three quarters of the way through the book, I realized that the stories were not going anywhere. This is the book for you if you like to read about people who come from the same place and are very unhappy.
   An extraordinary reading experience
I can't write a conventional review after my third reading of Olive KitteRIDGE. Strout writes about everyday people who live in a small town. Her attention to detail, whether it be the way the sun's rays strike a table or the description of a woman's dress, astounded me. The characters are not ordinary. Elizabeth Strout has a narrative and dialogue that flows naturally. I kept thinking that this is the way we converse. Olive makes an appearance at the most unexpected times and I love her. I don't think this is a book that will please everyone. There isn't a plot, a start or an ending. I read a book that inspired me. I will return!