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Avatar for EmilyEm EmilyEm said:
Olive and Henry Kitteridge, along with son Christopher and various townspeople inhabit this coastal Maine community. Having been there makes these memorable. The author isn’t Alice Munro or William Trevor, to me the best short story writers today, but these little gems of interrelated stories are very good. “Security” with the born-again parrot was my favorite story of the 13 in the book.
posted Aug 9, 2009 at 3:46PM
Paulabc said:
Olive is a champion of the underdog - or perhaps a benevolent dictator .....
posted Nov 7, 2011 at 10:26PM
Avatar for Marsap Marsap said:
Described as a novel of stories (13 in fact), this winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the stories of some of the inhabitants of Crosby Maine. The character of Olive Kitteridge is woven into each of these stories, sometimes as the main character, sometimes a minor one. Olive, a retired teacher, is not a likeable woman. She is strong, rude, bossy, resolute, set in her views. Olive is also capable of great gentleness. She can touch lives with a heart that proves to be extremely kind, and although she brutally honest with herself and others, aging is making her see things differently. The book explores the topics of loneliness, the lack of understanding between people, how behavior can damage relationships and chase people away, aging and life and death. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this novel, but the character of Olive grew on me, to the point where I admired the damaged broken Olive. 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
posted Sep 17, 2012 at 9:57PM
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