☆ Olive Kitteridge º Download by ☆ Elizabeth Strout 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 Of Crosby, Maine, 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 Tyrannized By Her Irrational Sensitivities And Her Husband, Henry, Who Finds His Loyalty To His Marriage Both A Blessing And A CurseAs The Townspeople Grapple 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 Requires
there 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 anyone under the age of 50 read this w o 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 quickly 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
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 structure I m not a fan, by nature, of the novel in stories format Sure, I loved A Visit from the Goon Squad 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 genius behind Elizabeth Strout s work in Olive Kitteridge She has taken the novel in stories and 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 wisdom, 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 glaring 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 grateful for the work of Elizabeth Strout.
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 well developed, the town vividly described, and the emotions raw Olive Kitteridge left me feeling very unsettled I admire her quiet strength, her forthrightness, her realistic views of life, and the fact that she controls her emotions I hate her brusqueness, 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, grief 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 qualities in myself that are like hers and makes me look at others with patience and a less judgmental eye.