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Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
Olive Kitteridge
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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... show more
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 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 ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.Praise for Olive Kitteridge:“Perceptive, deeply empathetic . . . Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strout’s unforgettable novel in stories.”–O: The Oprah Magazine “Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You’ll never forget her. . . . [Elizabeth Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff.”–USA Today“Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she’s not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her.”–San Francisco Chronicle“Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph.”–Seattle Post-Intelligencer“Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch.”–Entertainment Weekly“Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force. . . . [She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air.”–The New Yorker
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812971835 (0812971833)
ASIN: 812971833
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 270
Edition language: English
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La vita è un libro
La vita è un libro rated it
5.0 Olive Kitteridge
Di solito non leggo raccolte di racconti perché una volta terminato uno, poi passano giorni, a volte anche settimane, prima che riprenda in mano il libro. Questo libro ne contiene quattordici e mi ha accompagnato per quindici giorni; ho più o meno mantenuto il mio obiettivo di leggerne almeno uno a...
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
3.5 Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge is an extraordinary book. I had to read the first story quite a few times to get into the characters and 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...
Read All The Things! Reviews
Read All The Things! Reviews rated it
5.0 Olive Kitteridge
This collection of linked short stories centers around Olive Kitteridge, a retired math teacher and mother of a grown son. The stories examine Olive from every angle. She is the main character in some of them and briefly mentioned in others, but they all show the impact that one woman can have in a ...
Dem
Dem rated it
2.0 Olive Kitteridge
2.5 stars Having never read any of Elizabeth Stout Novels I was delighted to get the chance to read Olive Kitteridge.Olive Kitteridge is a combination of 13 stories all set in rural Maine. I was a little concerned that each chapter read as a different story with Olive being the connection between ...
Bright and Bon Vivant
Bright and Bon Vivant rated it
4.0
Olive Kitteridge has been added to my very small list of favorite fictional characters. This is a brilliant character study told with deep empathy, totally my thing. One word to the wise: This is not a "feel good" novel. If you have a problem reading about people are depressed, stay away.
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