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Olive, Again

af Elizabeth Strout

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Hvad tænker og føler en lidt sær, ældre kvinde? Hvordan påvirker hendes tilstedeværelse livet i en lille by? "Olive, igen" fortæller om alt dette, og meget mere. For læsere af langsomme romaner med mennesker i centrum.
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Reading this 2019 collection of interconnected short stories featuring Olive Kitteridge, I marvel again at Strout’s marriage of seemingly simple, clear prose and humanising character studies. Wonderful.

Favourite story was The Poet, but the last two stories, once Olive has moved into assisted living, are wonderful too. ( )
  CarltonC | Feb 18, 2024 |
Audio Book. A book about the loneliness in the lives of some of the people acquainted with Olive and with Olive herself. Thoughtful, funny and sad. Kirkus: The thorny matriarch of Crosby, Maine, makes a welcome return.As in Strout?s Pulitzer Prize?winning Olive Kitteridge (2008, etc.), the formidable title character is always a presence but not always onstage in these 13 interconnected tales of loneliness, loss, and love in its many flawed incarnations. Olive has not become any easier to like since her husband, Henry, died two years ago; ?stupid? is a favorite adjective, and ?phooey to you? a frequent term of dismissal. But over the course of about a decade we see Olive struggling, in her flinty way, to become ?oh, just a tinytiny¥bit better as a person.? Her second marriage, to Jack Kennison, helps. ?I like you, Olive,? he says. ?I?m not sure why, really. But I do.? Readers will feel the same, as she brusquely comforts a former student with cancer in ?Light? and commiserates with the grieving daughter-in-law she has never much liked in ?Motherless Child.? Yet that story ends with Olive?s desolate conclusion that she is largely responsible for her fraught relationship with her son: ?She herself had [raised] a motherless child.? Parents are estranged from children, husbands from wives, siblings from each other in this keening portrait of a world in which each of us is fundamentally alone and never truly knows even those we love the most. This is not the whole story, Strout demonstrates with her customary empathy and richness of detail. ?You must have been a very good mother,? Olive?s doctor says after observing Christopher in devoted attendance at the hospital after she has a heart attack, and the daughter of an alcoholic mother and dismissive, abusive father finds a nurturing substitute in her parents? lawyer in ?Helped.? The beauty of the natural world provides a sustaining counterpoint to charged human interactions in which ?there were so many things that could not be said.? There?s no simple truth about human existence, Strout reminds us, only wonderful, painful complexity. ?Well, that?s life," Olive says. "Nothing you can do about it.?Beautifully written and alive with compassion, at times almost unbearably poignant. A thrilling book in every way.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
Brilliant, again. ( )
  rockvillemama | Jan 24, 2024 |
Loved this book! Elizabeth Strout creates such realistic and sympathetic characters and she really captures what it is to be human, confused by relationships and life circumstances and muddling through life. ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
I read Olive Kitteridge back in 2018 and I really liked it. This book is constructed the same way, a series of short stories set in the small Maine town where Olive lives. Some of the stories feature other people in the town and Olive is only a tangential character. They cover a number of years during which Olive goes through widowhood, a second marriage, the birth of grandchildren, another widowhood, living alone and finally moving into an assisted living center. Through it all Olive continues being crusty and opinionated but, at heart, a good person. I was sad to see the stories end. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jan 7, 2024 |
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In the early afternoon on a Saturday in June, Jack Kennison put on his sunglasses, got into his sports car with the top down, strapped the seatbelt over his shoulder and across his large stomach, and drove to Portland---almost an hour away---to buy a gallon of whiskey rather than bump into Olive Kitteridge at the grocery store here in Crosby, Maine.
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So there was this, too: her son had married his mother, as so many men—in some form or other—eventually do.
Kayley could actually feel a small wave of pain go through her chest at times, and she would think: This is why they say a person's feelings are hurt, because they do hurt.
And it came to him then that it should never be taken lightly, the essential loneliness of people, that the choices they made to keep themselves from that gaping darkness were choices that required respect:
Maybe you fall in love with people who save your life, even when you think it's not worth saving.
I do not have a clue who I have been. Truthfully, I do not understand a thing.
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