Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book Review: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout


Read for book club (10/2011). I would say it was an interesting and quick read (two evenings for a few hours), I loved it! As one of our book club members mentioned, it is about "the human condition." This novel is character driven NOT plot driven. There is no connecting plot; but, strongly at times and quite loosely in other chapters (which have clever titles) Olive is the common factor. It is an interesting insight into the mind of an elderly woman from a small town in Maine, a normally very tight-lipped group, so it is great to read her thoughts and then see how little she actually verbalizes them because of generation/culture. It is about age, love, sickness, death, children, and much more (hence "the human condition"). I recommend this highly if you want to contemplate life and its trials and tribulations (from often odd but often funny situations/points of view); but, I urge you to run for the hills if you are looking for a neat and clean beginning/middle/end.

And so it goes...
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