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Oh William!: A Novel af Elizabeth Strout
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Oh William!: A Novel (udgave 2021)

af Elizabeth Strout (Forfatter)

Serier: Lucy Barton (3)

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Titel:Oh William!: A Novel
Forfattere:Elizabeth Strout (Forfatter)
Info:Random House (2021), 256 pages
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Oh William! af Elizabeth Strout

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I have read such glowing reviews for the previous books that I couldn’t wait to curl up and read. I had not read the first two books, and did not have a hard time catching up or following. I will say, I wonder if my opinion of this book would be better if I had read the other two. My first warning should have been ‘Pulitzer Prize Winner’ … I just can’t find the same love.

This book was too slow moving for me, I found myself skimming and then rereading. I found I couldn’t relate to the characters and for me, not very likable. Found the relationships odd and unfulfilling. Although this book wasn’t for me, I can see where fans of character driven books would love it.

Thanks to Ms. Strout, Random House and NetGalley for this ARC. Opinion is mine alone. ( )
  LoriKBoyd | Nov 28, 2021 |
This was a quick read, a pleasant one, whose familiar narrator ,Lucy Barton,has decided to tell us about her first husband, William. So we venture back to the welcomed world of this aging author of some renown. Both she and her first husband have been long separated with further marriages after, but they have remained friends and have two daughters together, Chrissy and Becky. We hear about the affair William had with Joanne and then about the third marriage to Estelle, a younger, prettier woman with whom he had a third child. Also featured prominently is Williams's mom Catherine who they both loved and who they recently find out had another child before William. When William decides to go investigate Catherine's childhood and find out about his half sister, he asks Lucy to join him in the quest. Strout's narration makes you feel like your sitting with her in a parlor having tea. Though that summary does not seem like much of a plot, it is the revelations and observations of Lucy that make for wonderful passages. She writes,"But we are all mythologies, mysterious. We are all mysteries, is what I mean. —" and that sums up what the reader comes away with from this thoughtful novel. I only hope we get to revisit Lucy Barton again, like we've done with Olive Kitteridge. Highly recommend this and all Elisabeth Strout's work; she in one of my favorites.

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“I’m really mean in my head, you wouldn’t believe the mean thoughts I have.” William threw his hand up and said, “Lucy, everyone is mean in their head. Jesus.” “They are?” I asked. He half laughed then, but it was a pleasant laugh. “Yes, Lucy, people are mean in their heads. Their private thoughts. Are frequently mean. I thought you knew that, you’re the writer. Jesus Christ, Lucy.”

At times in our marriage I loathed him. I saw, with a kind of dull disc of dread in my chest, that with his pleasant distance, his mild expressions, he was unavailable. But worse. Because beneath his height of pleasantness there lurked a juvenile crabbiness, a scowl that flickered across his soul, a pudgy little boy with his lower lip thrust forward who blamed this person and that person—he blamed me, I felt this often; he was blaming me for something that had nothing to do with our present lives, and he blamed me even as he called me “Sweetheart,” making my coffee—back then he never drank coffee but he made me a cup each morning—setting it down before me martyr-like.

William is the only person I ever felt safe with. He is the only home I ever had.

I have felt grief for William as well. Grief is such a — oh, such a solitary thing; this is the terror of it, I think. It is like sliding down the outside of a really long glass building while nobody sees you."

When I taught writing—which I did for many years—I talked about authority. I told the students that what was most important was the authority they went to the page with.

why Catherine had fallen in love with him. It was not just his looks, it was the way he looked, as though he would do what he was told but no one would ever have his soul. I could imagine him playing the piano and then walking out the door. And—slowly—I realized this: This authority was why I had fallen in love with William. We crave authority. We do. No matter what anyone says, we crave that sense of authority. Of believing that in the presence of this person we are safe....“It is like I was a fish swimming round and round and then I bumped into this rock.”

“You know, you worry about Becka’s husband being self-absorbed, only interested in himself, and I have to tell you, Lucy—you can suffer from that yourself.”

You know how the other day at that barracks when you thought you were flipping between universes or something, well, I believe you, Lucy, because you are a spirit. There has never been anyone in the world like you.” In a moment he added, “You steal people’s hearts, Lucy.”

I would give it all up, all the success I have had as a writer, all of it I would give up—in a heartbeat I would give it up—for a family that was together and children who knew they were dearly loved by both their parents who had stayed together and who loved each other too.

I am surprised—as my lovely woman psychiatrist was surprised—that I was able to love at all. She said, “Many people in your situation, Lucy, just don’t even try.”

And the light in the tower had helped me through. But the light had not been what I thought it was. And that was my story with William. I could not believe this; it was a huge wave that poured over me. William was like the light in the museum, only I had lived my life thinking it was worth something...Then I thought: It was worth something! ( )
  novelcommentary | Nov 28, 2021 |
Compassionate, insightful, pensive, human, humble and humane look at aging, grief, marriage, and relationships. Strout says it all so well it's impossible to say anything that doesn't sound like tongue-tied gibberish compared to her exquisite clear, precise and compelling prose. I downloaded the audible but ended up buying a copy to keep to listen to again and again. ( )
  tututhefirst | Nov 27, 2021 |
Strout is brilliant as usual. The title alone conveys the poignancy, nostalgia, wistfulness, and all the complicated emotions Lucy feels toward William, her ex-husband. I didn't want it to end. ( )
  bobbieharv | Nov 23, 2021 |
Another Elizabeth Strout book to love. Lucy is just plain special as a thoughtful and totally intriguing character who tells the reader what she thinks and tries to uncover why she thinks the way she does. A wonderful book. ( )
  nyiper | Nov 21, 2021 |
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