Fin: ‘Olive Kitteridge’

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

  • Date Finished: Oct. 26, 2011
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Year: 2008
  • Project: n/a
  • Reading List: Fall 2011, Pulitzer Prize winners
  • Got it: Another $1 find at the Baldwin Public Library book sale
  • Quick thoughts upon finishing: I liked Olive Kitteridge, much more than I thought I would. Not to sound simplistic, but it’s kinda about “old people” and so naturally, much of it didn’t exactly relate to my life. But then, while I say that, Olive Kitteridge doesrelate because it’s about much more than the struggles of an aging generation in a tiny, seaside town in Maine. It’s about the struggles we all face — as human beings. Olive isn’t someone I want to know, but yet I identify with her pain, her anger, her sometimes unforgiving love. We all do.  Perhaps the books isn’t written for a 25-year-old — I rather think those of an older, perhaps my parents’, generation would appreciate it more — but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.Olive Kitteridge is a quiet book, so don’t expect fireworks. But it’s not difficult to read and so if you have a chance, give it a weekend. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
  • Grade: B+
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