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Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge
Author: Elizabeth Strout
In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge. — At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem lik...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812971835
ISBN-10: 0812971833
Publication Date: 10/7/2008
Pages: 288
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  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 868 ratings
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 20
I read the whole book, but I was tempted to stop several times. For me, there were too many characters and it made for a confusing read. I'd rather have a book where I do not have to concentrate so hard to keep track of who is doing what. I really did not care for it much and really could not recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 19
This book appeared on my wish list for a long time. I was excited to receive my copy and eagerly began reading. My excitement began to wane after the first couple of chapters. I appreciate what the author attempted to do through the use of multiple viewpoints, but generally found the story to be quite flat and the characters rather predictable.
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Helpful Score: 18
This review would probably get me banned from most book clubs in America but, truth be told, I thoroughly disliked this book. My opinion..... A boring book about boring people. I only finished it because we DID read it for our book club. As always, it was a lively discussion, but only one of our members enjoyed it. After hearing the rave reviews, I was at least relieved that I wasn't the only one who didn't like it.
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Helpful Score: 13
I was looking forward to reading this book due to the great reviews I had encountered. It was on several "best of the year" lists. I really did not like it, yet couldn't put it down. Does that make any sense at all ? I felt that its central theme was, "life sucks and then you die" and this book really depressed me. But it also made me think. Hard. About relationships I have had and am having. It is superbly written. Short story format, which I haven't read since college, but Olive is at least mentioned in every story and it is an interesting way to reveal a character. You will NOT forget Olive for a long time.
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Helpful Score: 10
My book club read this book. While we had widely varying opinions as to how we felt about Olive and the other characters, we all agreed that this is an extremely well-written book, compelling and difficult to put down until the book is finished. This lent itself to one of the best discussions we have had in several months. I couldn't stop reading the book, even though it is not happy or uplifting - I had a sense of sadness throughout the book. Again, it is very well written, and the technique of telling a series of stories from various viewpoints works. Some are from the vantage point of other members of the community and Olive is a small part of the story; in many others, the story is told from her point of view. This lets the reader discover aspects of Olive's life and personality that you would never learn if the entire book was told from Olive's perspective.
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Slow book.
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An easy read. Very well-written. It made me go to the library and borrow the rest of Strout's books.
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Liz evidently has a penchant for shootings and suicides. They play several roles in these vignettes about a neurotic small town in Maine; not your average Winesburg, OH. Henry (Olives hubby) is a pharmacist. (How boring is that?) See Henry sell drugs. Olive is a math teacher. (How boring is that?) See Olive nag Henry. See Olive stick her nose into everyones business. Briefly, Olive is an angry, cynical Mrs. Miniver. Much of the action is about other people in the community; Olive only has passing mention in some of these stand-alone stories, yet together they paint a picture of the town. She has transferred Hamilton Bassos Pompeys Head to the shores of Maine. Be prepared to interpolate as none of these stories have a definitive ending.

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