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Olive Kitteridge: Fiction by Elizabeth…

Olive Kitteridge: Fiction (edition 2008)

by Elizabeth Strout (Author)

Series: Olive Kitteridge (1)

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At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.
Title:Olive Kitteridge: Fiction
Authors:Elizabeth Strout (Author)
Info:Random House (2008), Edition: 2, 288 pages
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Well, *that* was depressing. Unrelentingly depressing. ( )
  SSBranham | Sep 17, 2020 |
I read this some time ago and forgot to make a journal entry.

It's a touching story, really, told as a series of short episodes in the life of Olive Kitteridge. I enjoyed her character and the complexity of her life. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
An amazing work that looks at the lives of a small Maine town and depicts our strengths and flaws, hopes and fears, the beauty and sadness of living, our shared fate. ( )
1 vote Misprint | Aug 31, 2020 |
Like Anything is Possible this is not so much a novel as a set of linked short stories. But by the end you have a pretty well rounded sense of who Olive Kitteridge is, and how her life is going. Elizabeth Strout is a very precise and understated writer and no words are wasted in this book, it's excellent. ( )
1 vote AlisonSakai | Aug 30, 2020 |
I find it difficult to know what to say about how the feeling I am left with for any Elizabeth Strout novel. The writing is simply perfect. the characters are developed with an economy of words, the emotions are subtle and often you aren't aware of their impact until you mind wanders back to what you have read. Her story lines are simply even in complex circumstances and the simplicity is what makes them so very good and effective.

I know this is considered a collection of short stories but I cannot accept that. Elizabeth Strout lets us join Olive Kitteridge as she visits, chats with and spends time with those who are her friends and those whose live intersect with hers. The writing and the stories are so much more personal and presented with such candor it is more like she is sharing memories of her glimpses into the lives of those around her.

Needless to say I found this a very satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable book. ( )
1 vote can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
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Each of the 13 tales serves as an individual microcosm of small-town life, with its gossip, small kindnesses, and everyday tragedies. Not all the minor characters stand out the way Henry and Olive do, and there are a pile of them to keep straight by the end. I also couldn’t quite place how one story, “Ship in a Bottle,” meshed with the rest. But those are small flaws far outweighed by the book’s compassion and intelligence.
The pleasure in reading “Olive Kitteridge” comes from an intense identification with complicated, not always admirable, characters. And there are moments in which slipping into a character’s viewpoint seems to involve the revelation of an emotion more powerful and interesting than simple fellow feeling—a complex, sometimes dark, sometimes life-sustaining dependency on others.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Strout, Elizabethprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blanchette, Dana LeighCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burr, SandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castoldi, SilviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Farr, KimberlyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stjernfeldt, Agnes DorphTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Versluys, Marijkesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For many years Henry Kitteridge was a pharmacist in the next town over, driving every morning on snowy roads, or rainy roads, or summertime roads, when the wild raspberries shot their new growth in brambles along the last section of town before he turned off to where the wider road led to the pharmacy.
Olive had sat in her bedroom and wept like a baby, not so much for this country but for the city itself, which had seemed to her to become suddenly no longer a foreign, hardened place, but as fragile as a class of kindergarten children, brave in their terror.
She showed him the library built the year before Henry's stroke, with its cathedral ceiling and skylights. He looked at the books, and she wanted to say, "Stop that," as though he were reading her diary.
Who, who, does not have their basket of trips.
He wanted to put his arms around her, but she had a darkness that seemed to stand beside her like an acquaintance that would not go away. – "Pharmacy"
Angie... felt she had figured something out too late, and that must be the way of life, to get something figured out when it was too late. – "The Piano Player"
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At the edge of the continent, in the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

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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 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 into a deeper understanding of herself and her life - sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty.

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The Piano Player
A Little Burst
A Different Road
Winter Concert
Basket of Trips
Ship in a Bottle
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