Olive Kitteridge - July 2021 Book Group discussion thread

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Oct 2021
7:31pm, 5 Oct 2021
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LindsD
Yay! And :)
Oct 2021
8:56am, 18 Oct 2021
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Peregrinator
There is an interview with Elizabeth Strout in the Guardian. Definitely.

theguardian.com
13 Jan
8:33pm, 13 Jan 2022
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Little Nemo
Finally got round to reading this!

I'm a bit split on this book. It seemed like a series of short stories that weren't always strongly linked. I'm not a big fan of short stories as I don't like reading them one after the other, I much prefer novels. However the writing was lovely and some of the individual stories were very good.

I didn't like the ending as I couldn't see how it connected to the rest of the book and it was a depressing way to finish.

I would have enjoyed this more if we had spent most of the time with Olive as she was such an interesting, complex character. It reminded me of Anne Tyler's writing where people who are trying to be nice end up making things worse.

I might look out for her other books if they are novels rather than short stories.

I gave this book a 6
13 Jan
8:41pm, 13 Jan 2022
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Hanneke
I finished it some time ago and realise I never left a review.

I found it hard going. It took me ages to get into it and every time I did, a story abruptly came to an end.
Some of the writing was quite inspired but the bittiness of it kept jarring, as did the shift away from Olive. Bit of a far fetched mannerism I thought.
I realised why Olive made me feel so uncomfortable in the story where she goes to visit her son in Brooklyn or was it Queens? Where he moved to with his new partner. I suddenly realised Olive reminds me far too much of my mother...
I would give this book 5/10.
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8:41pm, 13 Jan 2022
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LindsD
I feel like that about short stories usually but I liked these.
13 Jan
9:04pm, 13 Jan 2022
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GregP
Anyone else think
that was going to be a

haiku then get all disappointed when it wasnae?
13 Jan
9:55pm, 13 Jan 2022
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LindsD
:)
13 Jan
10:11pm, 13 Jan 2022
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McGoohan
Olive Kitteridge
Deserves to be a haiku
But is continued...

in book two
14 Jan
10:38am, 14 Jan 2022
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Hanneke
:)
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10:40am, 14 Jan 2022
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GregP
:)

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