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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The beloved first novel featuring Olive Kitteridge, from the number one New York Times best selling author of the Oprah s Book Club pick Olive, Again Fiction lovers, remember this name Olive Kitteridge You ll never forget herUSA Today NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post Book World USA Today San Francisco Chronicle Chicago Tribune Seattle Post Intelligencer People Entertainment Weekly The Christian Science Monitor The Plain Dealer The Atlantic Rocky Mountain News Library Journal 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 The inspiration for the Emmy Award winning HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and Bill Murray


9 thoughts on “Olive Kitteridge: Fiction (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Elizabeth Strout, Kimberly Farr, Random House Audio: Audible Audiobooks

  1. The Reading Desk The Reading Desk says:

    Olive Kitteridge is a Pulitzer Prize Winner for fiction, which is breath taking in its beauty and eloquence The structure of the novel is 13 episodic stories, which provide a candid and searching insight into a small community in the coastal town of Crosby in Maine It would be unfortunate to race through the pages without savouring the atmosphere, the wonderful sense of time, and the rich array of fascinating characters that enhance the human relationships on display It takes the little breaks between stories to reflect on the mastery of prose and the observational expression of Elizabeth Strout.Olive Kitteridge is the indomitable presence throughout the book Some stories have the faintest mention of Olive while in others she impacts with the overbearing resolve of a woman that is determined to get what she wants Olive is rarely the focal point, but she acts as a magnet drawing each story to exist in her presence.Olive is an ex school teacher, a tall and often clumsy woman, but as the years progress she becomes big, her ankles puffed out, her shoulders rolled up behind her neck, and her wrists and hands seemed to become the size of a man s Olive minds of course she does sometimes, privately, she minds very much But at this stage of the game, she is not about to abandon the comfort of food, and that means right now she probably looks like a fat dozing seal wrapped in some kind of gauze bandage Olive has a formidable presence and a complexity that is intriguing and undefinable While she offers very little filter in her comments and consideration of others and thinks it ludicrous to cry at weddings, she cries when she sees a young anorexic girl, Nina Olive shook her head again, blew her nose She looked at Nina and said quietly, I don t know who you are, but young lady, you re breaking my heart I m not trying to, said Nina, defensively It s not like I can help it Oh, I know that I know Olive nodded The first story is a touching story of her husband, Harry, who is a pharmacist, and his relationship with a young married assistant who tragically loses her husband The relationship is subtly transformed from a platonic friendship to the delicate suggestion of deeper feelings as he allows himself to imagine what life would be like with this young woman The emotional conflict burdens him until he finally asks Olive if she would ever leave him Oh, for God s sake Henry You could make a woman sick she responds.Most of the following stories reverberate with a sense of betrayal You can feel the connection with the characters, laugh through incidents, be astounded by some events, nod in recognition with many, and shed a tear or two at others The writing is emotionally stimulating and reveals such vivid moments that give breath to sentiments you may not have been expecting.This is a wonderful reading experience, infused with beautiful prose, images and feelings that we all encounter or witness throughout our lives I would highly recommend this book The reason why I jumped to read this book after it sitting on my bookshelf for so long, was that the sequel, Olive, Again, is due for release on 31st October this year.


  2. BigBob BigBob says:

    Read by our small, friendly Book Group and found it split opinions down the middle which is great for lively discussion Some did not like the format of 13 short stories about people in the community 2 of which Olive was not even apparently relevant to.Not a cheerful book OK it is showing a community and how people s lives intertwine but surely some people could be happy too


  3. bopa bopa says:

    Probably the least enjoyable book I ve ever read Had read My name is Lucy Barton for a book group and although I found it an odd story thought I would give the author another try as there have been so many wonderful reviews about her and she had won the Pulitzer prize.Thought it a thoroughly miserable read Olive is not a pleasant woman who values no one but herself Very disjointed book Few connections between one chapter and the next The most positive thing I can say is that the characters in some chapters were interesting.My advice is don t bother with this book.


  4. Alison S Alison S says:

    I found this book very confusing Right up to the last chapter I was waiting for the stories to link up It was a total surprise when I reached the end of the book The chapters in themselves were interesting snippets and as such were very true to life However when I read a book I am looking for a satisfying story Perhaps I missed the links, if I did they were not obvious.


  5. Books R Best Books R Best says:

    I know this book is highly regarded, but I found it a bit depressing It picked the scabs over the things we all fear, growing old, feeling stupid in front of our children, being alone, helplessness and death While the book was easy to read I felt quite disturbed by the time I d finished it, like a wrung out dish cloth Why oh, why did she start a short story about a new character and then not tell us the outcome Half the narratives had no ending at all and left you up in the air Chosen by our book club it was not something I would ordinarily choose to read and now I know why.


  6. Valderee Valderee says:

    I read a chapter of this book every morning while on holiday in Spain The character Olive dips in and out of the chapters I felt such empathy for her either putting her foot in it or saying just the right thing at the right time Based in a small town many characters are brought to life Sometimes you come across people in real life for brief periods and wish you could have spent time with them It s the same here A book I will reread in the future.


  7. Book fiend Book fiend says:

    It s beautifully written and some of the little detail in the descriptions is brilliant little vignettes of the sort of thing that you might notice in a flash and remember although it has no real relevance to a story Each chapter of the book tells its own story and they are inter connected in that Olive Kitteridge who features as the central figure in the first one appears in every other chapter to a greater or lesser degree and sometimes almost only as a passing character All the stories are set in one small community in America so, yes, it is American in style but not aggressively so You find yourself sympathising with some of the people but not all and you will have mixed feelings about Olive herself who is physically large and a slightly looming and forbidding personality, but she has been a teacher who commanded respect although she is herself emotionally vulnerable and unable to express herself It s not particularly a laugh out loud book though there are one or two things that will make you smile, but it s a brilliant portrait of a community and its inter relationships There are quite a lot of sadnesses but life is like that nobody s life is perfect A good read and a good one for a book club.


  8. Bella Bella says:

    How anyone, ever could come up with such a visceral, so cleverly put together novel is beyond me But I m so glad Elizabeth Strout did Story telling at it s absolute best Compassionate, hilarious, tragic, all of life s moments captured in a mind bogglingly intertwined wonderful way One of my favourite books ever.


  9. Christiane Christiane says:

    Is there anybody in Crosby, Maine, who is living a happy or at least a reasonably contented life It seems not.Even though it is a small town where the inhabitants all know each other, the prevailing feeling is one of terrible loneliness and isolation.Also, everybody is either sick or getting old or dying or terrified of getting sick, getting old, dying Loved ones are lost to accidents, disease, jail, adulterers or a heartless daughter in law Some feel guilty about wanting to leave their decades old marriage and starting over with someone else, some suffer from empty nest syndrome, some drown their sorrows in alcohol, some are made unhappy by cheating husbands or departing wives, some by estranged children and some by siblings who despise them whatever the reason, they are all sad and lonely.Some stories are engaging than others I found the last one to be the weakest but Olive Kitteridge steadily grew on me Unlike a lot of reviewers I ended up liking her quite a bit She s not friendly or sweet or kind or polite but she s open, honest, complex, contradictory and interesting.Elizabeth Strout s writing is good, straightforward and totally natural and the inhabitants and visitors of Crosby are real if chronically miserable people I hope that at least Sparky, the dog, was happy.