Olive Kitteridge (2020)

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  • Title: Olive Kitteridge
  • Author: Elizabeth Strout
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  • Page: 207
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Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge might be described by some as a battle axe or as brilliantly pushy, by others as the kindest person they had ever met Olive herself has always been certain that she is 100% correct about everything although, lately, her certitude has been shaken This indomitable character appears at the centre of these narratives that comprise Olive Kitteridge In eachOlive Kitteridge might be described by some as a battle axe or as brilliantly pushy, by others as the kindest person they had ever met Olive herself has always been certain that she is 100% correct about everything although, lately, her certitude has been shaken This indomitable character appears at the centre of these narratives that comprise Olive Kitteridge In each of them, we watch Olive, a retired schoolteacher, as she struggles to make sense of the changes in her life and the lives of those around her always with brutal honesty, if sometimes painfully Olive will make you laugh, nod in recognition, as well as wince in pain or shed a tear or two We meet her stoic husband, bound to her in a marriage both broken and strong, and her own son, tyrannised by Olive s overbearing sensitivities The reader comes away, amazed by this author s ability to conjure this formidable heroine and her deep humanity that infiltrates every page.
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  1. Lesley

    first and foremost, i would like to congratulate myself for finishing this for what i thought would take no than two days to get through it took about a week A WEEK i read the same paragraphs over and over, thinking that perhaps i was missing something something elegant, ruminating, and unforgettable that the pulitzer board saw, which clearly i couldn t but no, i wasn t missing anything except for maybe hours of my life ooh, i feel like old ladies will see this and hate me but i don t care this [...]

  2. Nancy

    Posted at Shelf InflictedThis is a collection of stories about a group of ordinary people living in a small town in Maine, their joys, sorrows, tragedies and grief, all centered around the main character, Olive Kitteridge Normally, this is the kind of fiction I stay away from I was afraid it would be an overwrought melodrama about provincial people living in a boring town Yet, I was so absorbed by the lives of these people and had a difficult time putting the book down.The characters were very w [...]

  3. Scott Axsom

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I ve struggled since to find the reasons why Elizabeth Strout s Olive Kitteridge struck me so deeply So let me start by just saying this book was awesome Appreciating the reasons why, however, required from me considerable introspection The subtlety of its beauty is indeed the mark of a great novel.I came to this book reluctantly and I m not sure why anything with a Pulitzer usually draws me like a bear to honey but perhaps it was due to the structu [...]

  4. Michael Finocchiaro

    I don t quite understand what the hubbub was about this book it did after all get a Pulitzer and TV show However, I felt that the writing was ok, the narration was interesting, but I never even came close to feeling some sympathy or connection to Olive like I did for Updike s Rabbit Angstrom or, say, Bellow s Dean Corde The New England she describes as anti Semitic and full of silent scandals was interesting and fun in, say Updike s Witches of Eastwick It was a little unsettling and disappointi [...]

  5. jo

    don t know if it was me being meditative or moody or under the sobering influence of the recession, but i found this absolutely gorgeous book SO DAMN SAD there are, let s see, at least two suicides but it might be three, three deaths but it might be one the death of a very young person , intolerably sad aging folks, a myriad broken relationships, and a ton of god awful loneliness how can a town as sweet and stably populated as crosby, maine, foster so much loneliness aren t small towns supposed [...]

  6. Fabian

    It s incredibly difficult to find substance in the ordinary This novel in episodes, all revolving around the ever enigmatic Olive, does something extraordinary each tale is so rich with description, so tangible I believe I breathed in the saltiness of the Maine coast, practically that they anscend There is actually nothing innovatory in Elizabeth Strout s fantastic short story collection but she knows perfectly well how to orchestrate a fabulous and gut wrenching short story every single one of [...]

  7. Robin

    Oh bestill my heart I am not worthy I AM NOT WORTHY How, in the name of all that is holy, does Elizabeth Strout do it I mean, how does she create a book out of a collage of stories, linked by one exceptionally prickly, ornery yet honest character, through writing that is at once complex and invitingly simple HOW This 2009 Pulitzer winner is fully deserving of its accolades and superfans I read this with keen interest and pleasure all the way through It s a collection of 13 stories which could st [...]

  8. Will Byrnes

    Olive Kitteridge is a Pulitzer Prize winning collection of stories that constitute a novel They are not as closely woven together as the multi generational tales in works by Louise Erdrich, another writer who likes to collect small parts into a larger whole, but Strout has put together a compelling portrait of a small town I was reminded of Spoon River, as we learn some of the secrets each of the main characters protects Lake Wobegon came to mind, as well It most resembles Winesburg, Ohio, Sherw [...]

  9. Tatiana

    I ve listened to 4 stories out of 13 and I think I ve had enough This book should come with a Depressed Senior Citizen Characters warning I am sure my impression of this book is colored by the awful narrator actor who read every character, regardless of the age and gender, as a 80 year old screeching and bleating elderly person no offense to elderly , but the fact is the majority if not all of characters are old and or miserable 1 4th of the book is over, and I have encountered an elderly man pi [...]

  10. Orsodimondo

    UNA PICCOLA ESPLOSIONE Paolo Cognetti mi ha condutto da Olive Kitteridge il suo bel Sofia si veste sempre di nero ha preparato il terreno, e quando ha elencato alcune delle sue fonti di ispirazione, non ho potuto fare a meno di leggere il libro di Strout.In effetti, le due opere hanno una struttura molto simile, sono romanzi costruiti tramite una teoria di racconti che potrebbero vivere da soli, e invece, tenuti insieme compongono un romanzo Intelaiatura che a me piace e affascina parecchio vedi [...]

  11. Dolors

    She didn t like to be alone Even , she didn t like being with people Olive Kitterigde is much than a retired teacher, intransigent mother, exasperating wife or whimsical neighbor She is the common thread that interweaves the prosaic lives, everyday tragedies and asphyxiating Zeitgeist of the townspeople of Crosby, a small town located in Maine, a place where the lives of others collide with the adjacent frontiers of oneself Olive Kitteridge is the result of a finely threaded gossamer of stories [...]

  12. Joe Valdez

    The best novel I ve read since joining is East of Eden by John Steinbeck The second best is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout Published in 2008 and winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this collection of thirteen stories all feature or focus on a retired seventh grade math teacher in the fictional seaside town of Crosby, Maine as she enters the winter of her life, still in possession of the vinegar her former students or fellow townsfolk have tasted for years Like Steinbeck, Strout [...]

  13. Teresa

    4 and 1 2 starsWe all have known an Olive or at least, we think we know her Strout shows us the parts we don t know, what s behind the prickliness and the attitude Through fiction, we now have a better understanding of such a person.It s a rare writer who can embody a character so well And the minor characters too they are all living, breathing people More than one of these minor characters are so well drawn and intriguing that I wouldn t have minded knowing about them.Not all the stories are a [...]

  14. ·Karen·

    WOW How appropriate that Olive should be large she is larger than life, human but so She s angrier, unrepentant, and far less tolerant, of herself as much as of others, but at the same time she s also feeling, compassionate, sensitive than the average member of the human race She s raw, as if an insulating layer had been stripped away, leaving her to feel and see than most The magical thing is that you feel and see too, you develop a kind of preternatural sensitivity Schiller s idea of an [...]

  15. Meredith Holley (Sparrow)

    If I could use one word to describe this book, it would probably be boring Awkward is a close runner up I think Elizabeth Strout must be the type of person who is less of the entertainment school of writing and of the vitamins school of writing But, I am left wondering what nutritional value I got out of this Mostly, it just seemed like a bunch of people sitting around being petty, judging other people s Issues, and thinking about cheating on each other Like, whoa, deep The structure of the boo [...]

  16. Cheryl

    Whenever I read a Pulitzer prize winning book or nominee , I m tempted to look for the chutzpah For there is no way a book wins this honorable prize without doing something that has not been done before, or without taking something that has been done before and doing it better This chutzpah is usually in the form, the style, or the story arc With this novel, it is the way in which short stories are interwoven using one subject the idiosyncratic, Olive Kitteridge Never mind that Olive is not the [...]

  17. Saleh MoonWalker

    Onvan Olive Kitteridge Nevisande Elizabeth Strout ISBN 140006208X ISBN13 9781400062089 Dar 270 Safhe Saal e Chap 2008

  18. Vanessa

    This is the type of writing that makes my toes curl up The writing is sheer brilliance Every sentence is structured to perfection Capturing slices of life and intricately dissecting small town folk It s not the most cheeriest of books, with lots of the themes surrounding depression and suicide Olive was a hard character to warm up to but once I did, I really did It shows that no matter where you live, people have the same issues, of loneliness, ageing, sickness, relationships and family troubles [...]

  19. Seth T.

    I ll begin with my finale, so those who don t want to take the time to read several paragraphs will get the gist of it upfront Elizabeth Strout strikes me as being an Alice Munro cover band And with that, my review.Really, my problem in reviewing Strout s collection of short stories is that I didn t hate it or love it I didn t even like it or dislike it I m not in any sense ambivalent toward it Save for the fact that I m baffled by its Pulitzer status and the other fact that I wasted countless m [...]

  20. William1

    Exquisite A beautiful balance of images All the senses deftly deployed in the description of action At the same time, a nonlinear storyline, jumping about over a span perhaps of 25 years Yet the book is a mousse of a confection, its execution so light, so assured Moreover, it is a novel of stories I can only remember this being done so well one other time in my broad reading experience, that was in Cynthia Ozick s The Puttermesser Papers See my review Great mastery of pattern and theme No subjec [...]

  21. Cheri

    Olive Kitteridge is opinionated, domineering, judgemental, interfering and needy Her husband Henry is gentle, timid and kind Their life in a small town in Maine is complex, sad, and seemingly incomplete Olive spends most of her time bitter and sad Olive is the woman whose cold, offensive manner is an embarassment, Henry is the man whose expression always seems to be carrying an apology about his wife s behavior Their son spends his life hoping for an apology from at least one of his parents The [...]

  22. Sara

    When I began this book, I was unsure how I was going to like it The first story was interesting and I felt I had gotten to know Henry, but then it was over and the second story seemed to have little to do with the first However, as the book progressed, I found myself loving the depth of the characters in the vignettes and the recurring characters of Olive and Henry that popped in and out, sometimes as full players and sometimes as sidebars.Olive is one of those characters we hate to have anythin [...]

  23. Marilyn C.

    4.5 StarsI fell in love with Elizabeth Strout s writing last year when I read My Name is Lucy Barton She has the ability to write on the essence of people s lives and can write on a deeper level of awareness into everyday life struggles In the thirteen stories that make up Olive Kitteridge, Strout showed me once again her ability to connect all of us to each other Even by the end of book, the grouchy, Olive Kitteridge had shown a side of herself all of us can relate to The only reason I did not [...]

  24. Camie

    This Pulitzer Prize winning book has mostly good but mixed reviews, and I can understand that It wouldn t appeal to everyone Since next month I will be one year alarmingly closer to 60 and have been married 34 years, I m guessing I m the perfect demographic for this book Though titled Olive Kitterigde after the matronly, retired math teacher with a rather brusque side , quite a few of the 13 interrelated stories are about other folks who share the same hometown of Crosby, Maine with her, some o [...]

  25. M

    Eh.Strout is such a good writer that when I heard she had a new one out I went to buy it without even knowing the title, let alone the plot And while she is still a wonderful writer, she seems to have reduced herself prematurely, I would hope to the pre retirment plan of Maeve Binchy the incredibly unpleasant world of the multiple narrative novel.Her characters are sketched very well and her use of language pulls you in, but I really hate these snippets that aren t short stories, aren t novels s [...]

  26. Barbara

    Elizabeth Strout has penned a beautiful book, which has left me deeply pensive and tearful I am not generally attracted to the short story, but this is not truly of that genre It is a series of vignettes, many of which have Olive Kitteridge as the main character Each story is about the inhabitants of Crosby, Maine, a small seaside village, all with complicated tales of their own Olive is ever present, even fleetingly,to tie the people to her in some manner.When I first started reading, my though [...]

  27. BrokenTune

    Olive Kitteridge is an extraordinary book I had to read the first story quite a few times to get into the characters and the get what Strout wanted to do here The writing is gorgeous It must have required considerable effort and discipline to compile the selection of related and yet unrelated stories all of which involve either Olive Kitteridge or people in her community in a small town in Maine and yet keep the tone of the stories so even, so understated.There were two aspects of Olive Kitterid [...]

  28. Julie Christine

    You know, it really was a coincidence that I picked this up at the library the day after the HBO miniseries won something at the Emmy awards I m late to the Olive Kitteridge party because I never intended to go in the first place But there I was, in between reads, waiting for all the books I d requested to arrive at the library which they nearly all did in a single day, three days later and here was Olive Kitteridge, sitting on a rotating rack of paperbacks that you can borrow on the honor syste [...]

  29. Justin

    This story is told in a series of short stories that sometimes feature Olive, but most of the time she appears briefly in a conversation or in the background somewhere I love the story because it made me think about my relationship with my family and my friends, my acquaintances, people I see every day that I really don t know at all It made me think about our connectedness and how important those relationships are, and how sometimes people have this perception about us or we have a perception a [...]

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