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  • Olive Again
  • Elizabeth Strout
  • English
  • 10 April 2020
  • 9780812996548

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Olive Again Read & download ë 108 G to terms with the loss of her father a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush or a lawy. Edit After receiving backlash for my subjective opinion on this novel I don t even bother to reply to your negative comments and I report and delete all the comments from fake accountsOnce again I didn 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 would just skip this one for sureI m not saying this is a bad book because judging by other readers and critics reviews it is a really really good book but it wasn t for meI just couldn t see it s greatness I guessI think that the main reason why I couldn t connect with the story was that the main character Olive is so much older then meThis is the thing I realized while reading this novel I just can t enjoy the story connect with it if the characters are so much older then me we talk here about 70 years old characters and even 80 as the story progressedTherefore thanks to this piece of literature I made a decision not to read books featuring old main characters any at least at this period of my lifeThe second issue I had with Olive was that I didn t like her as a character at all I know she is described as honest outright and ruthless but to me she often came as just rudeI just didn t like her energy and I could not care for her or what was going on in her life and it especially showed as I was further into the storyI caught myself scanning the last 50 pages of the story because I just wanted to be finished with itIt is a shame I do know but it is what it isAlso when it comes to writing style my expectations were pretty high because this novel is labelled as literary fiction which stands for beautiful proseUnfortunately I was very disappointed because it read as simple general fictionStill I have to note that the book covers some pretty important things and some of the stories that involved other characters were interestingOn the other hand there were some situations that made me feel uncomfortable like when Olive said that it was stupid that an adult man cries aloud and even if he s Jewish it s still stupidIn the end I ll just repeat that Olive Again is very loved book and I am aware that many people won t agree with my opinionAs for me I won t be reading Elizabeth Strout s other work because I don t think I would enjoy it at this stage of my life Read this and reviews on my blog

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Olive Again Read & download ë 108 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. 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 mine indomitable outspoken cantankerous a larger than life presence in the lives of those around her an indisputably influential woman even if it is sometimes in the slightest of appearances in the stories that pour forth about the community of Crosby Maine from the pen of Strout Olive lives through her seventies and eighties getting married for the second time to 74 year old Jack Kennison who may find Olive irritating on occasion but loves Olive all that she is the two finding a companionship that eases the loneliness of losing their spouses and getting olderOlive is aware of her shortcomings as a wife to Henry she misses him an ache that never disappears even as her life appears to move on and as a mother to her son Christopher when his family come for a rare visit there is a palpable awkwardness and a moment that opens her eyes as she perceives him as a motherless child but who as becomes apparent later despite everything loves her We encounter a piano playing teenager who cleans homes acuiring cash from a strange and silent transaction with a husband A daughter cannot bear her inheritance from a morally bankrupt father and his profits from dubious investments in South Africa she finds solace and faith in the company of her lawyer Bernie Bernie is finding it difficult to come to terms with many of his morally reprehensible clients whose behaviour he has facilitated through the years There is a family s conflict as it comes to terms with a daughter starring in a documentary of her life as a dominatrix Strout does not shy away from darker aspects of community such as the abuse the toxic families and the challenges of alcoholism infidelity cancer and the feelings of despair the pain and the tears Olive faces regret and loneliness becoming considerably self aware as she ponders over the mystery of who she is and the joys and wonder of love that can sprout from the most unexpected of places Strout is an exuisite storyteller subtle and nuanced who gets to core of a person and a community with a simplicity that is breathtaking and does so with grace humanity and compassion Her portrait of Olive is outstanding multilayered and complex in the way she depicts Olive getting older invisible lonelier but still striving to live connect and learn about herself and others This is a profoundly moving novel captivating in its portrayal of the everyday ordinariness and extraordinariness of its characters an approach that packs a punch in its gut wrenching emotional honesty Simply brilliant and highly recommended Many thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC

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Olive Again Read & download ë 108 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. 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 you 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 skillful in her setups I buy it Any little doubt I have gets eaten up by a big I Don t Care Anyway What we end up seeing and what s so touching is the rich connections people make and the love and pain that exists within families All of the thirteen stories end with poignant moments which is always satisfying even if there isn t necessarily closureThis book picks up right where Olive Kitteridge left off the first story here is about Jack who was in the last story in the earlier book As with the first book Olive stars in her own stories but she often makes cameo appearances in others For example in one story her only appearance is when she passes by a woman buying a painting at a street fair She mutters aloud something along the lines of That s crap And just those few words affect how the buyer viewed the picture once she got it home How could it not We get to see Olive through the eyes of people in her town as well through her own eyesOne of the reasons that Olive is so endearing is that she hates pretension and prejudice So it s funny when Jack calls her a reverse snob A comment like that and there are several in this book stopped me in my tracks and made me think about Olive s outlook and outlooks in real life I love it that Strout stirs the pot and makes you thinkAs I started each story I was panting hoping for scoop about people I met in the first book Instead new people were constantly being introduced which got annoying as I had to remember a bunch of new names But if Strout had continued with some of the original characters I would have had to reread stories in Olive Kitteridge to keep track which would have been a royal pain so careful what I wish for We did get follow ups on some people and I slurped up their stories like I was dying of thirst Ha and one nasty person from book 1 got theirs in book 2 and that s always oh so satisfying Way to go StroutI could bring out the Complaint Board but I just don t want to write the words Complaint Board all bold face and vivid It s Strout Come on I just can t So about that missing magicI m trying to figure out why I said this book doesn t have the magic that Olive Kitteridge does and here are the reasons I came up with The language just doesn t make the hair on my arms stand up Making sentences sing is an art and with Strout s simplistic sentences it s even harder to do I ve read Strout s My Name Is Lucy Barton and I had the same problem just some little thing in the language didn t click with me Maybe it seemed over simplistic With Anything Is Possible and Olive Kitteridge the language absolutely mesmerized me Hair on my arms standing up all over the place The stories here don t have as many surprises or twists The stories are WAY depressing Too much introspection and philosophizing at the cost of plot I had fewer favorite stories in this collection and even they seemed a little less powerful than the earlier Olive stories Hands down favorite story The Poet About a conversation between Olive and a former student who became a famous poet OMG is this a great story Ends with uite a zinger I want to go reread that one right nowRunners up include Cleaning A disturbing story about a teenager cleaning houses The End of the Civil War Days A house with duct tape that divides territory and a daughter with a secret life Labor Olive s thoughts while a mom to be opens presents at a baby shower are priceless The scene made me laugh and it made me nod Oh poor Olive And there s a big unexpected event which changes the story entirelyThe fact that the stories are so depressing is a big deal for me Maybe it s worse because the stories are so realistic And as Olive got older I got older The physical and psychological problems that old people have are huge and ugly and Strout gently shoves them in our faces I see sawed between feeling like the last couple of stories were cathartic and feeling like I couldn t stand another minute of reading about all the gloom ahead for me Besides if I want catharsis my old fart friends are just a phone call away I have a major senior birthday coming up here next month The problems of the aging Olive hit way too close to home So this of course is not a criticism of the book it s just that the subject matter bummed me out too much I m thinking that if you re under 65 you ll have an easier time reading this book it may not depress you you ll be able to fully appreciate the beauty of the stories the art of this amazing writer without thinking uh oh I could be next There s talk about the fear of death Again on one hand I love that Strout covers such a real and important topic one that no one wants to talk about but on the other hand reading about it makes me anxious as hell It s times like this that I say bring on the funny bring on fantasy lives I read for escape to help me avoid thinking about scary things that I have no power to change This book didn t take me far enough away from realityDespite my complaints I recommend this book Strout is a master storyteller Her stories are intense her characters are vivid and complex I highlighted a gazillion sentences and paragraphs which I only do when I m super engaged and impressed There s so much wisdom in this book If you loved Olive Kitteridge you ll love this book If you didn t read Olive Kitteridge yet you don t have to read it first but I think it makes the experience of reading this one a little richer I hope hope hope that they do another TV series based on Olive s life But they d absolutely have to get Frances McDormand to play Olive again I think hair and makeup artists could make her age perfectly Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy The Artists Way Morning Pages Journal of transcendent grac. 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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 The Nocturnal Journal 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 The Train in the Night out people s secrets and get them to reveal their souls and a good way for the author to get character info House of Illusions out to the reader lol I m not sure Olive would really have been that interested in Wounded other people to ask them this uestion But I go back and forth Having Faith In The Polar Girls Prison on this Olive is less self absorbed and she s lonely So isn t that a recipe for reaching The Beguiled out to The First Man in My Life othersOlive also with age becomes and self aware Strout does that thing Tax Free Savings Accounts 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disappointment with their spouses The Guy on the Left or kids fear The Silver Door The Three Doors Trilogy #2 of aging and death loneliness grief regrets their mistakes The World Beyond Your Head or bad luck Strout makes these conversations happen seamlessly and it never seems fake Wouldn t it feel richer if all The Weight Loss Prescription our Daughters Who Walk This Path own conversations were that real and honest Sometimes I wondered if Strout was stretching it would people really What Happens Under the Mistletoe open up that much But she s so skillful in her setups I buy it Any little doubt I have gets eaten up by a big I Don t Care Anyway What we end up seeing and what s so touching is the rich connections people make and the love and pain that exists within families All Peak Secrets From The New Science of Expertise of the thirteen stories end with poignant moments which is always satisfying even if there isn t necessarily closureThis book picks up right where Olive Kitteridge 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think about Olive s The Secret Army outlook and Death and the Courtesan outlooks in real life I love it that Strout stirs the pot and makes you thinkAs I started each story I was panting hoping for scoop about people I met in the first book Instead new people were constantly being introduced which got annoying as I had to remember a bunch The Afterlife of Stars of new names But if Strout had continued with some Stony River of the Addison Cooke and the Ring of Destiny Addison Cooke #3 original characters I would have had to reread stories in Olive Kitteridge to keep track which would have been a royal pain so careful what I wish for We did get follow ups The Gap of Time on some people and I slurped up their stories like I was dying The Longest Day Celebrating the Summer Solstice of thirst Ha and Bad Apple A Tale of Friendship one nasty person from book 1 got theirs in book 2 and that s always Paradise oh so satisfying Way to go StroutI could bring The High Mountains of Portugal out the Complaint Board but I just don t want to write the words Complaint Board all bold face and vivid It s Strout Come The complete poems of Dr Henry More 1614 1687 For the first time collected and edited on I just can t So about that missing magicI m trying to figure The complete poems of Dr Henry More 1614 1687 For the first time collected and edited out why I said this book doesn t have the magic that Olive Kitteridge does and here are the reasons I came up with The language just doesn t make the hair The Longest Night on my arms stand up Making sentences sing is an art and with Strout s simplistic sentences it s even harder to do I ve read Strout s My Name Is Lucy Barton and I had the same problem just some little thing in the language didn t click with me Maybe it seemed Makers and Takers over simplistic With Anything Is Possible and Olive Kitteridge the language absolutely mesmerized me Hair Shylock is my Name on my arms standing up all Shylock is my Name over the place The stories 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huge and ugly and Strout gently shoves them in Letter to a Christian Nation our faces I see sawed between feeling like the last couple rw nw prt m hrw of stories were cathartic and feeling like I couldn t stand another minute The Dead Fish Museum of reading about all the gloom ahead for me Besides if I want catharsis my The Orchard at the Edge of Town Apple Valley #3 old fart friends are just a phone call away I have a major senior birthday coming up here next month The problems The Orchard at the Edge of Town Apple Valley #3 of the aging Olive hit way too close to home So this Power Generation Handbook of course is not a criticism The Dead Fish Museum of the book it s just that the subject matter bummed me Illegal Action out too much I m thinking that if you re under 65 you ll have an easier time reading this book it may not depress you you ll be able to fully appreciate the beauty Fifteen Days Stories of Bravery Friendship Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army of the stories the art Right Is Wrong How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America Shredded the Constitution and Made Us All Less Safe of this amazing writer without thinking uh The Pixar Touch oh I could be next There s talk about the fear Aladdin's Lamp How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World of death Again The Uprising An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington on Down Range Navy Seals in the War on Terrorism one hand I love that Strout covers such a real and important topic Data Analysis with Microsoft Access 2010 one that no Reluctant Rebel The Secret Diary of Robert Patrick 1861 1865 one wants to talk about but Multifaith Views in Spiritual Care on the In Labor's Cause Main Themes on the History of the American Worker other hand reading about it makes me anxious as hell It s times like this that I say bring In the Place of Justice A Story of Punishment and Deliverance on the funny bring The Once and Future Liberal After Identity Politics on fantasy lives I read for escape to help me avoid thinking about scary things that I have no power to change This book didn t take me far enough away from realityDespite my complaints I recommend this book Strout is a master storyteller Her stories are intense her characters are vivid and complex I highlighted a gazillion sentences and paragraphs which I The Ghost Mountain Boys The Terrifying Battle for Buna and Papua New Guinea the Forgotten Land War of the South Pacific only do when I m super engaged and impressed There s so much wisdom in this book If you loved Olive Kitteridge you ll love this book If you didn t read Olive Kitteridge yet you don t have to read it first but I think it makes the experience An Albany Trio Legs Billy Phelan's Greatest Game Ironweed of reading this An Albany Trio Legs Billy Phelan's Greatest Game Ironweed one a little richer I hope hope hope that they do another TV series based Little Money Street In Search of Gypsies and Their Music in the South of France on Olive s life But they d absolutely have to get Frances McDormand to play Olive again I think hair and makeup artists could make her age perfectly Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy