Summary ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Elizabeth StroutFirst 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 ead the same paragraphs over and over thinking that perhaps i was missing something something elegant uminating 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 *my life ooh i feel like old ladies will see this and hate me but i don t care 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 anyone under the age of 50 ead this wo feeling dejected of their future if this book is The Jive Talker representative of what truly happens with theavages of age maybe we Gargantuan re better off dying *uickly and young then again i d like to think that by aipe old stinky age i d *and young then again i d like to think that by a ipe old stinky age i d lived a meaningful and sensational life unlike olive kitteridge so far i feel age i d lived a meaningful and sensational life unlike olive kitteridge so far i feel 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 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 downThe characters were very well developed the town vividly described and the emotions aw Olive Kitteridge left me feeling very unsettled I admire her uiet strength her forthrightness her Publishing Women: Salons, the Presses, and the Counter-Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Italy 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 grief and love The characters areealistically 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. In a voice powerful and compassionate than ever before New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen Wurr 3 (Wurr 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. That are like hers and makes me look at others with patience and a less judgmental eye Today s the big day my 500theview for Goodreads Drum Кракатит roll pleaseHmmm No drumoll No compensation No accolades eitherAh hell I don t care I just want to ead and *write and ead and write and ead and *and ead and write and ead and and almost every eview I ve ever written here on Goodreads from the completely anonymous to the Ivy Vines Visions refreshingly welleceived has made me want to click my shiny Mein Plan zur Rettung der unsichtbaren Freundin von nebenan 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 aare 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 gives you enough glimpses of one woman one Olive Kitteridge to give her the staying power to become *iconic And go on to be immortalized by Frances McDormand in the 2014 miniseries that is not to *And go on to be immortalized by Frances McDormand in the 2014 miniseries that is not to 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 youthat you 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 Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House 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 andelated to Olive so deeply I spoke out loud to her a few times during this Chicken Licken reead I wanted her to know that I understood that I often felt 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 I wasn t looking for perfection just the absence of pretensionNo pretension here people Just the pure act of writing without judgement and Led with all of the grand 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 etired schoolteacher deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large but she doesn’t always ecognize the changes in those around her a lounge musician haunted by a past omance a former student who has lost the will to live Olive’s own adult child who feels. ,
Story that clearly emerged from the deepest loneliest passages of Elizabeth Strout s gutThis is one of those stories that takes you home to that imperfect place you call home here on earth and yes you e going to get a little homesick once you 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 Koshka's Tales: Stories from Russia 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 waseading someone s diary I The Deadly Art of Love and Murder really felt I knew these peopleI ve heard complaints that this book is depressing Really Have you looked ateal life lately God For some eason after I finished eading this book I thought about some long time family friends Friends of my parents both teachers lovely people He played organ at their church She kept their beautiful home neat as a pin They had two kids one of which has Down syndrome and who still lives with them part time today at the age of 38 As the years went on she developed migraines and a heart condition Then their house was lost in a flood and they got no insurance money had to start over financially at The London Marathon retirement age Theirelationship with their to start over financially at RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch retirement age Theirelationship with their is complex and often unpleasant so
it s nots not easy to see their three grandchildren He has now been diagnosed with Alzheimer s So it goes This is life it s not always pretty It s not easy We all struggle and go through the shit And in the midst of the shit there are these The Courtship Maneuver (The Alpha Billionaire Club - Book 2) revelatoryedemptive moments Maybe they are private moments maybe not Maybe they don t change the trajectory of our lives maybe they do But they make it all worthwhile And *that is just what Strout captures so brilliantly the human experience As I write my *is just what Strout captures so brilliantly the human experience As I write my I see that there are thousands of eviews already so what can I add Just this Olive joins the anks of depressing small town short stories a long unning theme in American literature so much so that it is almost a genre in itself These stories are set. Tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse As 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 uthless honesty Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts its tragedies and joys and the endurance it euires From the Hardcover edition.