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Our Souls at Night (2015)

by Kent Haruf

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Series: Holt cycle (6)

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Fiction. Literature. Romance. HTML:A Best Book of the Year
The Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Denver Post
In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better‚??their pleasures and their difficulties‚??a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American liter… (more)
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A pleasant, easy to read short novel of topical interest to people "my age". I picked up a copy at my local library and got into it before i left, so I took it with me (after checking it out, of course).
Haruf's latest book, published posthumously, deals with a real question - relationships as life partners leave the scene.
It is written in simple, plain spoken language, and was a joy to read.
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  jjbinkc | Aug 27, 2023 |
It is a nice book, and it grabbed me most of the way. The ending, tho, with one of the two protagonists bailing on her life and happiness, was a big letdown. ( )
  RickGeissal | Aug 16, 2023 |
The language is sparse but it does not hide the emotions of the two main characters, Addie and Louis. The story is short but loaded, exploring themes such as old age, loneliness, and family. It also explores the theme of happiness, and what one will do to achieve it. If you were Addie, would you dare approach Louis with what seems to be an outrageous proposal? When Addie did so, she decided she is too old (and probably had too little life left) to care about what others thought. However, in the end, she had to yield to her son who objected to their relationship. What would you do if you were in her position? There is no easy choice. ( )
  siok | Aug 5, 2023 |
Nosotros en la noche
Kent Haruf
Publicado: 2015 | 113 p√°ginas
Novela Realista

Louis Waters y Addie Moore llevan gran parte de su vida siendo vecinos en la apacible localidad de Holt, en Colorado. Ambos enviudaron hace a√Īos y acaban de franquear las puertas de la vejez, por lo que no han tenido otra opci√≥n que acostumbrarse a estar solos, sobre todo en las horas m√°s dif√≠ciles, despu√©s del anochecer. Pero Addie no est√° dispuesta a conformarse. Un d√≠a, de forma insospechada pero con toda naturalidad, se planta ante la puerta de su vecino y le suelta: ¬ęMe preguntaba si querr√≠as venir alguna vez a casa a dormir conmigo.¬Ľ Al principio se sienten extra√Īos, pero noche tras noche ir√°n conoci√©ndose: hablan de su juventud y sus matrimonios, de sus esperanzas pasadas y sus miedos presentes, de sus logros, de sus fracasos. La intimidad entre ambos va creciendo y, a pesar de las habladur√≠as de los vecinos y la incomprensi√≥n de sus propios hijos, no tardan en vislumbrar la posibilidad real de pasar juntos el resto de sus d√≠as. Nosotros en la noche es una peque√Īa joya escondida: una historia concisa, conmovedora, agridulce y al mismo tiempo inspiradora, y est√° narrada con la sabidur√≠a reveladora que solo poseen aquellos que han llegado a una edad en la que lo que menos importa es la opini√≥n de los dem√°s.
  libreriarofer | Jul 25, 2023 |
This novella is a gentle story of a late-life romance. Widowed Addie approaches widower Louis with an unexpected request: could he come around at night and relieve her loneliness by sleeping with her, platonically. Louis agrees, not without demurral. The two start to form a cautious bond, which deepens when Addie's son Gene leaves her grandson with him while he tries to repair his troubled marriage.

This relationship scandalises some, which forces the two to face up to the consequences of what they are doing; even as elderly single people, their lives are not entirely their own and past reputations are never quite forgotten.

A simple story, well-told. I enjoyed it. ( )
  gjky | Apr 9, 2023 |
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Bramhall, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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And then there was the day Addie Moore made a call on Louis Waters.
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"Who does ever get what they want? It doesn't seem to happen to many of us if any at all. It's always two people bumping against each other blindly, acting out old ideas and dreams and mistaken understandings. Except I still say that this isn't true of you and me. Not right now, not today."
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Fiction. Literature. Romance. HTML:A Best Book of the Year
The Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Denver Post
In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better‚??their pleasures and their difficulties‚??a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American liter

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