[EBOOK READ] Olive Again
Powerful emotional truthfulness and unforgettable narrative Brilliant novelOlive was aware of ludicrous behaviors unspeakable things spoken but what she did not understand is why she and her son Christopher should walk into old age with a high and horrible wall between them Olive could be blunt forthright frank and candid She had strong opinions and judgements she hated people who were late etc I happened to feel as strong as Olive did about a scene at a baby shower A third gift was presented to Marlene s daughter and Olive distinctly felt distress She could not imagine how long it would take this child to unwrap every goddamn gift on the table and put the ribbons so carefully on the goddamn paper plate and then everyone had to wait wait while every gift was passed around She thought she had never heard of such foolishness in her life It was easy to understand Olive s impatience and judgements Of course she kept her thoughts to herself but they were so human I could just picture that baby shower the happy smiling guests but also Olive at 70ish ears old and her annoyance Another scene was puzzling and uite disturbing I honestly wondered where in the world was this coming from Kayley was a Le champ de bataille young girl who took pleasure and money from a man Mr Ringrose whom she cleaned house for while unbuttoning her blouse He watched said thankou then left her an envelope with cash This went on for nine weeks There was no one Kayley could tell about what had happened and this knowledge stayed in her and made her almost constantly unwell I won t say how the short story ends but it s one to scratch Universals: An Opinionated Introduction (Focus Series) your head with wonder I wasn t prepared to feel so sad in some of these short stories but I did Olive barely made it though a visit with her son Christopher his wife Annabelle and their three kids Olive was exhausted Some uiet cruelty coldness was making me feel depleted I felt so sad witnessing the detachment and bitterness between the bratty children and their grandmother the imperfections of Olive never being able to do anything right not even having enough milk or Cheerios My heart was breaking for the pain of each of the family members but I especially felt sad for OliveTo have to feel rejected judged byour adult children and grandchildren while dealing with aging has got to really hurt It s a lonely hurt that author Elizabeth Strout soooooo masterly and gracefully understands Her skill of unraveling the complexities of family life and relationships is written with deep compassion for humanity It was so easy to imagine the different characters muddling through carrying on enduring the necessary sorrows and joys of their lives well beyond the pages This book could easily be a stand alone Strout binds together rich narratives crafted much like she did Turtle Talk: A Beginner's Book of Logo years ago with her Pulitzer winning novel Olive Kitteridge with great insights tensions humor startling sadness and compassion One of the most emotionally radiant novels about family and what divides us in our relationships and definitely about agingthat I ve read inears Olive who has become a baggy old woman thought about this The way people can love those they barely know and how abiding that love can be even when as in her own case it was temporary Kudos huge kudos and congrats to Elizabeth Strout for writing again a keenly observed lustrously imagined marvelous novel Thank Kiu you Random House Netgalley and the astonishing Elizabeth Strout Whenou get old You deserve this: Simple Natural Recipes For A Healthy Lifestyle: Bowl Cookbook you become invisible It s just the truth Andet it s freeing in a wayYou go through life and Politieke geschiedenis van België sinds 1830 you thinkou are something Not in a good way and not in a bad way But Internationaal cartoonfestival Knokke-Heist. Cartoons 2003 you thinkou are something and then L'enfant la sophrologie you see thatou are no longer anything To a waitress with a huge hind end Bac courrier des concours des institutions europennes : Une mthodologie et un exercice avec corrig you ve become invisible And it s freeing Sometimes people come intoour life at just the right time People Theorieboek Rijbewijs B you have known turn up unexpected andou re engage begin again It was like that for Elizabeth Strout She was sitting alone in a caf in Norway minding her own business when Olive inserted herself into her life once again in her car nosing her way into a marina cane in hand I saw it so clearly felt her so clearly that I thought Well I should go with this from the New Yorker interview It s not like Olive Kitteridge had been totally absent from Strout s life They had parted ways after Olive won Strout a Pulitzer But there were bits of her around pieces of story that did not uite work material for somewhere somewhen But the image was stronger this time whole a large presence demanding attention AND SO IT WAS BACK TO so it was back to Maine back into the life of a difficult but complex character crusty uick to scorn but with a warm perceptive core Elizabeth Strout image from the Irish Times Olive and the other characters in Olive Again face the ongoing problem of loneliness among other things Thematically this is very much in line with the original Olive Kitteridge focusing on relationships considered both in retrospect and in the immediacy of experience Lives examined Olive for example wends her way through diverse and contradictory feelings about her late husband Henry And then wanders in her feelings about a new love interest Jack She has to cope with her relationship with her son Chris now living in Brooklyn where Strout has lived mostly for over thirty ears and take a tough look at herself as a mother seeing some less than wonderful behavior of hers repeating in her son s life There are some particularly moving scenes with Olive trying to make sense of her role with Chris and his family Olive is not the only character here putting a life under the microscope Jack Kennison Olive s new bf has plenty of his past to reconsider including his relationship with his daughter and is in for a bit of a surprise that had been kept from him for decades As in the first volume the stories alternate pretty much between Olive and not Olive although Olive does cameos in the tales that do not focus on her A teen working cleaning houses part time finds herself resenting the excessive pride one woman displays about her Mayflower heritage Strout can track her New World ancestors back to 1603 She finds herself in a very unexpected awkward and remunerative situation that reuires a lowering of her standards Or is it a seizing of power in her life The story includes a consideration of the class bias that still persists in far too many as Kayley Callaghan has had it drilled into her that as a working class girl of Irish heritage she will always be invisible to people like the Doris Ringroses of the world She finds a way to make herself seen In one of Olive s stories she copes with a MAGA home health aide and former student of Olive s resenting the presence of another HHA a dark skinned hijab wearing USA born Muslim whose mother was an immigrant from AfricaA returnee to town on the passing of her father finds deep solace in the family attorney and a welcoming ear to hear her tales of growing up in an abysmal home There is such pain warmth emotional connection and relief in this one that ou may want to have a box of Kleenex handy I think our job maybe even our duty is to Her voice became calm adultlike Bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can One of the persistent motifs throughout the stories is secrecy Pretty much all the characters have things they have kept to themselves Haven t we all Some of the secrets are not our garden variety misdemeanors or marital wanderings but most will be at least somewhat relatable Ever since I was a kid on that dirt road I think that the biggest compelling engine in me has always been the desire to know what it feels like to be another person I just always have been pulled through life by that deep curiosity to know It s a frustration for me to not even know what like these fingers touching the desk would feel like if it wasn t me As a result I
have watched and watched and listened to people all the time I m always trying to absorb the watched and watched and listened to people all the time I m always trying to absorb the detail that I can see or hear from them from the Guardian interviewOlive is in the latter stages of her life We follow her into her 80s as her capacities decline and she must make unwelcome adjustments in her daily existence There are so many facets to Olive that she glistens like a diamond She is preternaturally crusty and can be a chore to be around enough so that Strout claims this is the reason she alternated Olive tales with stories of other Crosby residents but she has a sort of perceptual superpower that lets her see some core emotional elements in people and is able to jump in and act on her perceptions This is where her. The iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but also the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby Maine Whether with a teenager comin.
FREE DOWNLOAD Olive AgainKindness her softer side her dynamism comes to the fore It is a thing of magnificent beauty when it does She is even able to embrace friendshipThere is considerable lyrical beauty in Strout s writing You could see how at the end of each day the world seemed cracked open and the extra light made its way across the stark trees and promised It promised that light and what a thing that was As Cindy lay on her bed she could see this even now the gold of the last light opening the world The light is significant particularly the late winter light of February and we are offered freuent glimpses of trees reddening and leaves falling as what was is slowly stripped away to clear the path for what is to comeStrout brings some characters back from volume 1 for a closer look She even brings in a few from her 2013 novel The Burgess Boys I remember walking down the street one day and all of a sudden realizing Oh Jim and Helen Burgess could actually be in Crosby Maine They could have dropped their grandson off at camp That s what New Yorkers do they send their kids to camp in Maine So I thought how fabulous It was so fun particularly because it gave me the chance to explore the enormous cultural divide between New York City and Maine There is some political perspective in this not a lot and some of the political turns are achingly poignant There are moments of humor as well Olive s misery while attending a baby shower is priceless as is her eagerness to flee regardless the costWe are all right for a book at different times of life Olive Again may be right on the money for me While I am not the age Olive is at the end of the book I have a sister who is and who is facing similar situations As a senior citizen I can certainly relate to the issues Olive faces as can most of us of this age I expect Was I a good parent Did I do right by my kids Was I the best person I could have been Did I do something meaningful with my life It will make ou ask some of these uestions of NJM Forms Government 1979: The Grenada Chronicles yourself And ifou have not Gardiens des Cits perdues - tome 7 Rminiscences (07) yet achieved silver status there are probably people aroundou who have The concerns of the elders in this book might give 69 Sex Positions. Essential Moves to Spice Up Your Sex Life (with illustrations) you a clue as to what is going on in their lives That said there are plenty ofounger characters banging around in these pages who can offer a perspective from a different generationThe stories in Olive Again are strong moving and beautifully written Olive is as wonderful a character as she is difficult a person It has been a privilege renewing our acuaintance That late season light has a way of staying right in The Devil of Nanking your face and makingou suint But it also gives a magical glow and shadow to all it reaches helping make visible what might otherwise remain unseenReview posted December 6 2019Publication date October 15 2019My review of Olive KitteridgeEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal Twitter and FB pagesInterviews New Yorker Elizabeth Strout on Returning to Olive Kitteridge by Devorah Treisman New Yorker Elizabeth Strout s Long Homecoming by Ariel Levy NPR We ve Got More To Say About You Olive Kitteridge Is Back And Complex As Ever by Scott Simon Irish Times She just showed up Elizabeth Strout on the return of Olive Kitteridge by Catherine Conroy Strand Book Store Meg Wolitzer Talking with Elizabeth Strout video 5046Items of Interest Excerpt Motherless Child in The New Yorker PRH Author Lunch Elizabeth Strout author of OLIVE AGAIN at the PRH Author Lunch at the ALA Annual Conference 2019 Four impeccably intercepted sad depressing self discovery stories circled around a memorable literature character starsOur one of the grumpiest most straightforward sullen cantankerous grouchiest characters of fictional world is back Frances McDormand did an amazing job to help me visualize this woman nobody can be better Olive than her And its back with amazing sad heart wrenching Crosby stories some of them she only makes small cameos cursing at a painting as she is passing through the street and at some of the stories she has close relationships with charactersWhat is different about Olive in this new book She is older now We re gonna witness her aging from her 70 s to 80 s She starts to help people even she gives them true answers about the cruelty of life make people feel like slapped against the face or stabbed to the heart she is doing her best with her own way She is always brutal honest never sugarcoats and empathizes ou No one can write like the incomparable Elizabeth Strout her understanding of what it is to be human and penetrate the beating heart of what comprises a community has a universality that cannot fail to resonate with the reader sometimes perhaps uncomfortably so in the truths it lays bare such as the physically and emotionally taxing process of ageing Olive returns maybe not everyone s cup of tea but definitely and emotionally taxing process of ageing Olive returns maybe not everyone s cup of tea but definitely indomitable outspoken cantankerous a larger than life presence in the lives of those around her an indisputably influential wo Edit After receiving backlash for my subjective opinion on this novel I don t even bother to reply to our negative comments and I report and even bother to reply to our negative comments and I report and all the
COMMENTS FROM FAKE ACCOUNTSONCE AGAIN Ifrom fake accountsOnce again I t do my homework and went into Olive Again without knowing it was a seuel to already published book called Olive KitteridgeNevertheless this book can be read on it s ownHowever if I read it s predecessor I In a knot in a knotScrunching twisting sighing instead of hopping on my pogo stick It just didn t do me like the last one did sung in a bluesy voice Oh this book is good very good a 4 star read in fact and it s sitting on my 2019 Runners Up shelf as nice and happy as it can be So it s nuts to sound so disappointed It s just that the magic wasn t there like it was in Olive Kitteridge the moments when the words and the sentences dance in my head and turn me into a crazed pogo sticker Maybe it s just me My expectations were high as the sky and I should have followed my mantra and lowered them We all know that Olive Kitteridge is an insanely hard act to follow Man I must stop this Stop complaining and just talk about all the good Olive oh Olive She s so vivid and cool And of course there s always the uestion why do we love her like we do when she really is so gruff and selfish There s Strout doing her thing making us like her As Olive ages she becomes way less obnoxious and cantankerous In fact she has MELLOWED She even helps people which if she did in the first book I don t remember A few times Olive asks people what their life is like Although this is an excellent way to try to draw out people s secrets and get them to reveal their souls and a good way for the author to get character info out to the reader lol I m not sure Olive would really have been that interested in other people to ask them this uestion But I go back and forth on this Olive is less self absorbed and she s lonely So isn t that a recipe for reaching out to othersOlive also with age becomes and self aware Strout does that thing of getting into Olive s head so well going into everyone s head actually in a way that pulls out the heart She goes into thoughts and out comes feelings As always Strout cuts to the bone You re going along thinking the characters are boring when slowly they start to reveal their inside story which is usually a sad one We just have to look close enough and Strout makes it easy by giving us the magnifying glass What I love the most about the stories is how deep the conversations become which makes the characters so real and complex Olive wants REAL and Olive gets it There s often a pattern niceties are exchanged so at first it looks like it s the same old inane and mundane chit chat that s going nowhere and then before ou know it the characters often strangers or acuaintances are talking about how they feel disappointment with their spouses or kids fear of aging and death loneliness grief regrets their mistakes or bad luck Strout makes these conversations happen seamlessly and it never seems fake Wouldn t it feel richer if all our own conversations were that real and honest Sometimes I wondered if Strout was stretching it would people really open up that much But she s so skill Elizabeth Strout is such a keen observer of human nature of our shared condition and she reminds us that life is full of a struggle of some kind for pretty much all of us In Crosby Maine Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes you ll find characters dealing with loneliness infidelity alcoholism sickness aging death regrets so many regrets Thankfully there also is friendship and love and empathy that Olive Kittridge finds within herself to give because the truths about life G to terms with the loss of her father aoung woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush or a lawy. Re dauntingly sad at times More than once I stopped between stories to take a breath This is Crosby Maine the small coastal town where our old friend Olive Kittridge lives In reality it could be anywhere but of course it wouldn t be the same unless Olive was there She ll tell Catwoman you exactly what she thinks aboutou in brutally honest words She s not the best wife or mother and honestly she can be pretty brash but it becomes obvious though that in spite of the things she says she cares I found at times her softer side her vulnerable side that aren t alway evident I can t say I liked Olive very much when I started reading Olive Kitteridge but by the end of that book I realized how many people she had positively impacted as a teacher and as a neighbor And by the end of this book I thought how lucky some of these characters were to have Olive in their lives and I felt for Olive as she endures her own challengesAs in the first book Strout skillfully weaves separate stories together with Olive as the thread but these books for me felt like novels On the one hand it s Olive s story as she reaches her seventies and eighties She s older and maybe a little self aware but always trying to understand herself She s the center of a number of the stories and we come to know about her as she comes to know about herself Some of the stories will give ou that gut punch when Olive comes to painful moments of recognition about her family her friends and acuaintances and of course herself In some of the stories she makes a real connection and engages with another character and only makes an appearance in others Crosby and this book are populated with realistic characters including Olive who are filled with fears flaws frailties that are easily recognizable in ourselves What can I say about the writing other than its impeccable I felt the pull of these characters from the opening lines of pretty much every story Strout is a fabulous story teller and is on my list of favorite writers I definitely recommend that Olive Kitteridge be read first in order to fully appreciate the place in her life where Olive has come at the end of this book I received an advanced copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley Introspection Olive Again is a novel that is boldly observant honest and searches for apperception The story of the indomitable Olive Kitteridge follows on two ears after her husband Henry s death Olive is a little introspective on how she as a person her behaviour and relationships have evolved as she ages into her eighties especially as she experiences loss and loneliness Two Aquarelle, la lumire de l'eau years after Henry s death Olive starts a relationship with Jack Kennison which is touching and meaningful Jack is also a widower with some history where an unfortunate affair and dubious sexual assault claim with a colleague ended his career as a Professor at Harvard University Jack s relationship with Olive develops and while it creates new possibilities and feelings it opens the door on how they behaved towards their respective spouses How they both missed them and how they feel about each other It also sparks the realisation that people hide emotions and worries they can t explain which subconsciously agitates prejudices towards the world Olive is a person who doesn t step reservedly into how she perceives the world and how uick she is to comment about people in it As Jack notes People either didn t know how they felt about something or they chose never to say how they really felt about something And this is why he missed Olive Kitteridge Olive uncloaks her deepest disuieting memories and reflects for the first time that she may have contributed to the broken or strained relationships she had especially with Henry and her son Christopher Considering her marriage to Henry she reflects that as theears passed the distant her heart became and the needier his became Wondering about her son s marriage Olive catches a glimpse of some hidden moments The door to their relationship slightly opening Peering into the interior and seeing what she was not meant to see Her son had married his mother This was how Olive had behaved to her husband not realising that she herself had raised a motherless son The novel delivers what a special book does beyond entertainment it creates the scope to connect the writing to our own stories or those not far away It enables us to view issues through a different lens and wonder are these the events we couldn t face or appreciate We push these notions into the darkest corners of our mind and wrestle with them when we let them loose Several are let loose in this novel with outcomes of remorse pain heartbreak and guilt While I felt the first book had an overarching theme of betrayal this book searches for understanding and resolution and uses various threads to provide amazing glimpses into the difficulties people face in life especially with the burden of illness family misunderstandings or psychological trauma The scenarios are intriguing and captivating and along with beautiful prose and astounding characterisations this book is a joy to read I felt this Book Was Slightly Better Than was slightly better than first It was much less a work of short stories and a solid narrative of Olive with threads that expand around herThis is one of my favourite books of the ear and it certainly didn t disappoint after the long wait for the seuel I highly recommend reading this book and I d like to thank Penguin Books Viking and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC version in return for an honest review 45 stars rounded upElizabeth Strout is just a fabulous writer Her ability to weave together a diverse group of characters always fascinates me Her books are a blend between short stories and a novel While I m not a fan of short stories her books always work for me the way each chapter links to the next in its own weird way Olive Again returns us to Crosby Maine Olive and her cronies are now in their 70s and looking back on their lives as much as forward I felt an alliance with Olive She s not tactful although she s trying harder And she s not at ease She struggles to find common ground with her own son let alone his wife and their children As she moves through her old age she finds a way to make things work She becomes accepting I saw both myself and my parents reflected in Olive s efforts to navigate the whole aging process Strout makes every character not just Olive seem fully formed and real This is a small town and while it seems not much happens the book speaks to life in all its variations It was such a rich story it totally drew me in My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book I m not sure if Elizabeth Strout ever has need of a bodyguard and if she does I m sure she wouldn t choose a short brunette female in her 40s but if she ever needs someone to protect her life I would like to offer myself up as the best candidate because I m savage positively savage about protecting this woman s writing careerIt s not that I demand that ou or anyone like this novel You have every right to like or dislike this book and please please can we always remember that on here but I d love to have the opportunity to explain to readers why this woman s writing is better than 98% of what s currently out thereThis writer this Elizabeth Strout is able to do what almost no other writer has ever been able to do create an iconic character Myford Series 7 Lathe Manual: ML7, ML7-R, Super 7 you will never forget and whose existenceou don t doubt for ONE
DAMN MINUTE Not even thirty seconds Not even if ou hate herAs far as I m concerned Olive Kitteridge is soMINUTE Not even thirty seconds Not even if ou hate herAs far as I m concerned Olive Kitteridge is so she s going to reuire a Certificate of Death for tax purposes when she diesAnd beyond Olive named for a drab shade of green but don t Notes sur la mlodie des choses you be fooled every other flipping character every B character hell the clerk in the goddamned grocery store is developed thanour next door neighborAnd the dialogue whoa Has she spent all six decades of her life just listening to the rise and fall of human babbleAnd the setting where s the nearest airport to Crosby MaineAnd the plot lines surely she weaves thread in her sleepIt turns out I wouldn t just step forward to throw a hot latte in a troll s face to protect Ms Strout s shining visage I m also able to advise her that two of the stories in this collection SUCKED Neither Cleaning nor The Walk were necessary here and in fact they pull the reader out of the overall story and STILL this novel is a five star readI m wrecked I m wrecked as a reader wrecked as a writer Wrecked without Olive againShe had always been fierce when she felt like it. Er who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us to move us and to inspire moments of transcendent grac.