Book Review: Olive Kitteridge ~Elizabeth Strout
I got a bit jealous because so many of my friends are retiring and because so many are going on Winter Vacations right now 6 folks left last week for Hawaii and one to Cabo San Lucas , another to Costa Rico, yet another to Palm Springs. My partner is busy training for a 6 weeks bike tour from Canada to Mexico through the Mountain passes. Other friends are just back from 2 weeks of skiing and snow hiking; all this coming and going made Yin-Yoga seem mighty like a one person experience.
With the rain returning, wind gusting, and snow on the way, I decided to head vicariously to Maine. Olive Kitteridge, the novel, has been on my Kindle for months and months and I keep reading about it and the awards that are being suggested for it as well…..I just felt entitled to read for fun for a day.
I wrapped up in my blankie and got a large glass of water: opening the cover I left town. Wow what a day, it was just the most wonder full book and I was done with it just about bedtime.
The writing style is just superior and cozy at the same time. It is a series of short stories which take place in a small lobster village in Maine. Olive is a character with her own distinct story which is the ribbon that ties the whole book into a neat package. Olive is a big woman, and a tall woman with size 10 feet and she is the math teacher at the local middle school. She speaks her mind, at times without thinking and then often just at the right instance and place.
I was just sure that any and all of these characters could exist within my own city and that each one was loveable and identifiable even with their special quirks and needs.
Elizabeth Strout teaches writing in North Carolina in the MFA program and lives in New York City. She is quite the story teller and she must be very familiar with the landscape and characters that live within provincial small towns and villages.
No puppy walks were missed nor towel- down dries after, during the reading of this book, and I am watching while ZIP digs a hole in the sunshine in our back yard as I write this review. White dog = muddy whiskers!
Olive Kitteridge is a book way up on the top of my list for 2011 and I highly recommend it to all the writers and novelists – heck! I recommend this book to all who want a delightful, insightful, enjoyable read.
Definitely a delightful 5 ladybug read:
Olive Kitteridge was the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning book, a novel in stories. It was nominated for the national Book Critics Circle Award and Strout is a New York Times Best Seller.
This book came on my Kindle and no one paid or solicited my opinion or asked me to write this review. I just liked this book and hope that many of you will pick it up and find it just as wonderful as I. If you order it from my site I will receive a few beans in my bucket.
Have you taken a reading vacation in 2011 yet? My partner paints and naps when he needs a mini vacation, what is your favorite change of pace activity?
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