EBOOK [Olive Kitteridge]
First and foremost i would like to congratulate myself For Finishing This For What finishing this for what thought would take no than two days to et 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 book was borrring and lackluster a snoozefestthere was such an initial appeal to these stories set in coastal maine how i looove it there and an irrational old miser of a lady to connect them all i was sorely mistaken this time my soft spot for an old crank didn t beat nor did it beat for anyone else around her oh and not only were these stories boring but painfully depressing as well how can else around her oh and not only were these stories boring but painfully depressing as well how can under the age of 50 read this wo feeling dejected of their future if this book is representative of what truly happens with the ravages of age maybe we re better off dying uickly and young then again i d like to think that by a ripe old stinky age i d have lived a meaningful and sensational life unlike olive kitteridge so far i feel i ve already had so there take that elizabeth strout just you try and break me Posted at Shelf InflictedThis is a collection of stories about a The Pleasant Light of Day group of ordinary people living in a small town in Maine their joys sorrows tragedies andrief 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 downThe characters were very well developed the town vividly described and the emotions raw Olive Kitteridge left me feeling very unsettled I admire her uiet strength her forthrightness her realistic views of life and the fact that she controls her emotions I hate her brusueness her self centeredness and her difficulty with accepting changes She was a complex character definitely not your stereotypical cranky old lady Each story is presented from different viewpoints and shows Olive s many sides as she interacts with family neighbors and friends as she experiences age loneliness rief and love The characters are realistically drawn with such an emotional depth that I found I could easily identify with them and even see similarities to people I know Olive Kitteridge makes me hate those ualities in myself that are like hers and makes me look at others with patience and a less judgmental eye Today s the big day my 500th review for Goodreads Drum roll pleaseHmmm No drum
roll No compensation No accolades eitherAh hell I don t care I just want to No compensation No accolades eitherAh hell I don t care I just want to and write and read and write and read and write and almost every review I ve ever written here on Goodreads from the completely anonymous to the refreshingly well received has made me want to click my shiny red heels with joyAnd I don t need to close my eyes and intonate there s no place like home there s no place like home because I could be anywhere in this world and as long as I have a book or a pen in my hand I am homeThere are few living writers today that take me home in the way that Elizabeth Strout does or in the way that Olive Kitteridge did Or I should clarify so few living writers today who can take me home AND make me homesick for a place I ve never found at the same time It s a rare accomplishmentIn truth the woman pisses me offWho does she think she is sitting there staring at her blank screen dreaming up 13 short stories that come together as a novel that brilliantly ives you enough limpses of one woman one Olive Kitteridge to ive her the staying power to become iconic And o on to be immortalized by Frances McDormand in the 2014 miniseries that is not to be missedWho does she think she is dreaming up characters you either love or hate in this uirky town of Crosby Maine and making you think that you might want to live in that God forsaken bitter cold placeWho does she think she is making you hate Olive then seeing yourself so vividly in her you must put the book down for a moment to stare at your fidgety fingers in discomfortPoor Olive she didn t like to be alone Even she didn t like being with people Poor Olive realizing that deep down there is a thing inside her and sometimes it swells up like the head of a suid and shoots blackness through her Poor Olive she would have sat on a patch of cement anywhere to have this her son a bright buoy bobbing in the bay of her own uiet terrorPoor Olive How could anyone be afraid of her She was the one who was afraidI connected and related to Olive so deeply I spoke out loud to her a few times during this re read I wanted her to know that I understood that I often felt. In a voice powerful and compassionate than ever before New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel through the presence of one larger than life unforgettable character Olive KitteridgeAt the edge of the continent Crosby Maine may seem like nowhere but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes it’s in essence the whole world and the lives that are lived there are fil. .
Elizabeth Strout è 1 FREE DOWNLOADAnd used it to introduce us to the many diverse and far flung characters upon whose disparate lives her title character has imparted some bit of change some bit of love or flung characters upon whose disparate lives her title character has imparted some bit of change some bit of love or or influence and in doing so Strout has shown that we are infinitely complex creatures who no matter how long or short our duration on this plane will leave change in our wake The character Olive Kitteridge was recognizable as much for her inherent nobility as for her laring flaws and she reminded me of this Though people are complicated often less than noble always imperfect creatures each of us has profound significance in this world And for that wonderful bit of enlightenment I ll never forget her As did Winter Wheat this book altered my view of humanity and for that I feel both oddly indebted she is make believe after all to Olive Kitteridge and deeply rateful for the work of Elizabeth Strout Olive Kitteridge is a Pulitzer Prize winning collection of stories that constitute a novel They are not as closely woven together as the multi enerational tales in works by Louise Erdrich another writer who likes to collect small parts into a larger whole but Strout has I don t uite understand what the hubbub was about this book it did after all et 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 disappointing to leave most of the stories in suspension if not all of them and I felt that the Christopher character and his two wives were pretty two dimensional The overall aura was oppressive and depressing I am not sure I would come back to this oneI have now read all the Pulitzers from 2011 and 4 from the previous decade and I d have to say that this one The Known World by Edward P Jones and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr were all disappointingI wonder what the list will look like for 2017 Anyone read City on Fire for which the first time author ot an astonishing 2M advance from the publisher This novel is definitely about Olive Kitteridge who she is who she was and most importantly the who that she sees within herselfHer story is told through a series of connected stories friends neighbours past students people she knows in passing It is interesting and oh so int Well this one did not The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy go like I hoped it would might be the first time I wish I couldive zero stars Remember I do respect if you loved this book but I must be honest about how it made me feel And this book made me not feel Deal Maker (Mixed Messages Book 2) (English Edition) good at all While this came highly recommended from several Goodreads friends I should have known it may not work out when I saw the Pulitzer Prize sticker It seems like ineneral the books that win the big prizes do not end up being enjoyable for meAlso I listened to this book with my wife The last time we listened to a book together we both agreed that listening together can "make any book better Enter Olive Kitteridge to prove us wrong I uess "any book better Enter Olive Kitteridge to prove us wrong I uess was pretty much her character anyway so it makes sense if she can be crummy in a fictional world she can Ramp Rats: A Graphic Guide Adventure get under our skin in real life hence the pic of the alien dude aboveHere are some of the various things my wife and I said to each other while listening What was the point of that Wait what is happening now I really don t care about this part How much time is left Maybe we should just stop Iuess we should keep listening so we can My Name is Abu Salem get it over with This is so painfully morose and these characters are unbelievably pathetic These characters are really not that interesting This book is like one of those stories aboutossip and deceit and back stabbing except it is all really boring ossip deceit and back stabbing Maybe this will turn into a monster book and some beast will just show up and kill everyone in the end That is about the only way this book will be redeemed I think there may have only been one or two moments where we looked at each other and said Oh that part was somewhat better I was hoping that it would all come together in the end and I would et the point and feel better about the book But I didn t Spitting Daisies Communicating Through the Sunset get the point didn t care about the characters was totally bored truly felt like I wasted several hours of my life At least Iot to spend them with my wife I know that many love this book Maybe you will love this book too if you try it I hope you do If you feel like I am being too harsh I wish I could apologize and say I felt bad about not being able to ive it any love but really I don t and I have to be honest For me the book was not ood and I really cannot see what the people who vote for these prize winning books are looking for. Tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse As the townspeople rapple with their problems mild and dire Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully but always with ruthless honesty Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts its tragedies and joys and the endurance it reuires From the Hardcover edition. The same way I didn t want her to feel aloneThis isn t a perfect novel A couple of the stories that have too little Olive in them lag but isn t a perfect novel A couple of the stories that have too little Olive in them lag but wasn t looking for perfection just the absence of pretensionNo pretension here people Just the pure act of writing without judgement and a story that clearly emerged from the deepest loneliest passages of Elizabeth Strout s utThis is one of those stories that takes you home to that imperfect place you call home here on earth and yes you re oing to et a little homesick once you Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada's Banks for the Information Age get there too Oh bestill my heart I am not worthy I AM NOT WORTHYHow 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 HOWThis 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 stand alone but which are linked because they take place in the same small community of Crosby Maine and feature either prominently or in the background caustic but decent Olive Kitteridge Each story is so intimate Through the everyday lives of these people Strout delves deep into the heart Almost to the point where I felt I was reading someone s diary I really felt I knew these peopleI ve heard complaints that this book is depressing Really Have you looked at real As I write my review I see that there are thousands of reviews already so what can I add Just this Olive joins the ranks of depressing small town short stories a long running theme in American literature so much so that it is almost aenre in itself These stories are set in coastal Maine Olive follows upon Winesburg Ohio by Sinclair Lewis Main Travelled Roads by Hamlin Garlin Village by Robert McAlmon and many others We could call it Winesburg Maine What is the value of such stories I think they show us So you think you ve Unexpected Circumstances got it tough How about suicide Or having a son imprisoned for stabbing a woman 29 times Or finding out your husband had been unfaithful on the day of his funeral Or having an only child who moves away and ignores you As I was reading I kept thinking ok the theme is lifeoes on no matter what you just keep on living Concurrently I happened to be reading a Prophets and Prophecy in the Ancient Near East great novel Portraits of a Marriage by the Hungarian Sandor Marai which I also reviewed As her marriage is disintegrating one of the characters in that book rails in effect What am I a tree I can t justo on LIVING what I am supposed to live FOR Maybe Olive finds someone in the last chapter but this FOR is the big unanswered uestion Still a reat book of interconnected stories with Olive s hands making the connections I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I ve struggled since to find the reasons why Elizabeth Strout s Kitteridge struck me so deeply So let me start by just saying this book was awesome Appreciating
The Reasons Why However Reuiredreasons why however reuired me considerable introspection The subtlety of its beauty is indeed the mark of a reat novelI 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 structure I m not a fan by nature of the novel in stories format Sure I loved A Visit from the Goon Suad but that was the exception proving the rule for me To make matters worse here the first chapter in Olive Kitteridge introduces us to the title character and she s just not a very nice person at least where her treatment of her husband is concerned Strout s use of the novel in stories form however is pitch perfect for the fundamental story she tells She introduces us to a title character who appears to be considerably less than worthy as the subject of an entire novel Then through the use of deeply honest and insightful chapters about nearly unrelated characters she paints a picture of this character that is infinitely richer than I originally assumed And here is the beauty of Strout s use of this form she lead me to discover that the assumptions I d made about a complex human being as each inherently is were necessarily as narrow as the context of their formulation Strout s character development is a subject worthy of a college course Throughout Olive Kitteridge she introduces us to characters whose situations resonate and whose responses to those situations are as believable as they are often maddening And through it all Olive Kitteridge s impact on those characters and their lives comes peeking through again and again until I begin to realize Wow this woman for whom I didn t care so much has had a profoundly positive impact on her world And this I think brings us to the real enius behind Elizabeth Strout s work in Olive Kitteridge She has taken the novel in stories. Led with all of the rand human drama–desire despair jealousy hope and love At times stern at other times patient at times perceptive at other times in sad denial Olive Kitteridge a retired schoolteacher deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her a lounge musician haunted by a past romance a former student who has lost the will to live Olive’s own adult child who feels.