Crotchety, stubborn, judgmental and ultimately empathetic to others Olive, I have missed you Just like Olive, herself, these interlinked stories are surprising, unsettling, humorous, and very human The struggles with loss, loneliness, remorse, and sorrow are matters which none of us may escape Welcome back, Olive.
In a knot, in a knot Scrunching, twisting, sighing instead of hopping on my pogo stick It just didn t do me like the last one did sung in a bluesy voice Oh, this book is good, very good, a 4 star read in fact, and it s sitting on my 2019 Runners Up shelf as nice and happy as it can be So it s nuts to sound so disappointed It s just that the magic wasn t there like it was in Olive Kitteridge, the moments when the words and the sentences dance in my head and turn me into a crazed pogo sticker Maybe it s just me My expectations were high as the sky, and I should have followed my mantra and lowered them We all know that Olive Kitteridge is an insanely hard act to follow Man, I must stop this Stop complaining and just talk Introspection Olive, Again is a novel that is boldly observant, honest and searches for apperception The story of the indomitable Olive Kitteridge follows on two years after her husband Henry s death Olive is a little introspective on how she as a person, her behaviour and relationships have transpired as she ages into her eighties, especially as she experiences loss and loneliness Two years after Henry s death, Olive starts a relationship with Jack Kennison, which is touching and meaningful Jack is also a widower with some history, where an unfortunate affair and dubious sexual assault claim with a colleague ended his career as a Professor at Harvard University Jack s relationship with Olive develops and while it creates new possibilities and feelings it opens the door on how they behaved towards their r 4.
5 stars, rounded upElizabeth Strout is just a fabulous writer Her ability to weave together a diverse group of characters always fascinates me Her books are a blend between short stories and a novel While I m not a fan of short stories, her books always work for me, the way each chapter links to the next in its own weird way Olive, Again returns us to Crosby, Maine Olive and her cronies are now in their 70s and looking back on their lives as much as forward I felt an alliance with Olive She s not tactful, although she s trying harder And she s not at ease She struggles to find common ground with her own son, let alone his wife and their children As she moves through her old age, she finds a way to make things wo Olive thinks everything is crap or does she Elizabeth Strout is back and so is the memorable curmudgeon Olive Kitteridge Somewhat older now and heavier, but she s still formidable with her forthright personality and smart mouth tell it like it is comments that seem to explode out of her.
Everyone in Crosby, Maine whether visitor or resident seem to have a truckload of major problems in their life, and they all seem to know or are connected to Olive in one way or another.
The format of this novel is similar to book one as we are introduced to a variety of characters, both old and new.
and their outlandish, often complex stories.
Olive is still a hoot, honest to a fault, but a person with a good heart and worries of her own as she admits to and laments a multitude of mistakes in he
Olive, Olive, Olivewhat can I say, she is quite the character as are most of the characters in this book I think it is essential to read the first book in this series Olive Kitteridge to fully appreciate this book As with the first book, this book is told through not only Olive s story but various people who live in Crosby, Maine and have some form of interaction with Olive.
Olive is perceived by those in her community as being odd She s a tough old broad who speaks her mind, can often be blunt and brutally honest But she also has a heart of gold and as she reaches her seventies and eighties becomes self aware and must come to terms with the harsh realities that come with aging It s lonely, it s devastating, frustrating and something she faces in her own very Olive way Plus, looking back, she examines her life, her choices and her relationshipsYou all know who you are If y ☆ Olive, Again ï Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.
Olive Kitteridge is a difficult woman, formidable and even harsh at times One who says what she thinks and lets the chips fall where they may It would be fair to say she is not universally liked, referred to by some as that old bag The indignities of aging are front and center In her 80 s now, Olive reflects on the effect of bad memories that follow you through life, profound loneliness, becoming invisible These interwoven stories carry with them an intimacy, a kind of melancholy beauty tinged with regret.
An older and wiser, Olive Yes, somewhat but she is still outspoken, firm in her likes and dislikes, but tactful and empathetic Looking back she admits to mistakes she has made Linked episodes, that is the description i would use describing this book The people of Crosby, Maine, like all towns, are going through their individual crises and Olive flute in and out through their lives, sometimes with just a glancing blow Some episodes are all Olive, catching us up on her life since her last staring role, in the last book.
Strout, takes the many incidents and foibles, the ordinary things that make up a day,and makes them interesting As a reader one can relate to some of these occurrences, realizing these are the things that make up our lives Childbearing, marriage, loneliness, friendship, health issues and aging Yes, it s all here and plenty Life, in all its Glory and ugliness is what is