Olive Kitteridge Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Sep 2008
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‘Extraordinary . . . the best novel I’ve read for some time’ (David Mitchell on Olive Kitteridge)
‘As perfect a novel as you will ever read . . . So astonishingly good that I shall be reading it once a year for the foreseeable future and very probably for the rest of my life’ (Evening Standard on Olive Kitteridge)
‘Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force’ (The New Yorker on Olive Kitteridge)
‘Masterfully wrought’ (Vanity Fair on Olive Kitteridge)
‘Strout has a wonderful ability to turn a phrase…[these] pages hold what life puts in: experience, joy, grief, and the sometimes-painful journey to love’ (Observer on Olive Kitteridge)
'I am deeply impressed. Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue. I have never read her before and I knew within a few sentences that here was an artist to value and respect' (Hillary Mantel on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'Strout's best novel yet' (Ann Pachett on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'An exquisite novel... in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to - 'I was so happy. Oh, I was happy' - simple joy' (Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'So good I got goosebumps... a masterly novel of family ties by one of America's finest writers' (Sunday Times on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'My Name is Lucy Barton confirms Strout as a powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships... Deeply affecting novel...visceral and heartbreaking...If she hadn't already won the Pulitzer for Olive Kitteridge this new novel would surely be a contender' (Observer on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'Hypnotic...yielding a glut of profoundly human truths to do with flight, memory and longing' (Mail on Sunday on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'This is a book you'll want to return to again and again and again' (Irish Independent on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'Slim and spectacular...My Name Is Lucy Barton is smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. It starts with the clean, solid structure and narrative distance of a fairy tale yet becomes more intimate and improvisational, coming close at times to the rawness of autofiction by writers such as Karl Ove Knausgaard and Rachel Cusk. Strout is playing with form here, with ways to get at a story, yet nothing is tentative or haphazard. She is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times....' (Washington Post on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'My Name Is Lucy Barton is a short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters... It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one' (Newsday on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'Her concise writing is a masterclass in deceptive simplicity...Strout writes with an exacting rhythm, with each word and clause perfectly placed and weighted and each sentence as clear and bracing as grapefruit. It's a small masterpiece' (Daily Mail on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'This short, simple, quiet novel wriggles its way right into your heart and stays there' (Red on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'A beautifully taut novel' (Guardian on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'Agleam with extraordinary psychological insights...delicate, tender but ruthless reveries' (Sunday Express on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'An eerie, compelling novel, its deceptively simple language is a 'slight rush of words' which hold much more than they seem capable of containing...This novel is about the need to create a story we can live with when the real story cannot be told...' (Financial Times on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'Strout uses a different voice herself in this novel: a spare simple one, elegiac in tone that sometimes brings to mind Joan Didion's' (The Tablet on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'An exquisitely written story...a brutally honest, absorbing and emotive read' (Catholic Universe on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'This is a glorious novel, deft, tender and true. Read it' (Sunday Telegraph on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'Honest, intimate and ultimately unforgettable' (Stylist on My Name is Lucy Barton)
'Strout's prose propels the story forward with moments of startlingly poetic clarity.' (The New Yorker on The Burgess Boys)
'One of those rare, invigorating books that take an apparently familiar world and peer into it with ruthless intimacy, revealing a strange and startling place.' (The New York Times Book Review on Amy & Isabelle)
'A novel of shining integrity and humour' (Alice Munro on Amy and Isabelle) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Elizabeth Strout's tenure as a lawyer (six months) was slightly longer than her career as a stand-up comedian (one night). She has also worked as a bartender, waitress and piano player at bars across the USA. She now teaches literature in New York, where she lives with her husband and daughter. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The structure of the book sounds contrived but in fact it makes perfect sense as through all these perspectives the reader gains a three-dimensional picture of life in Crosby - which might almost be 'AnySmallTown'.
This is the third novel I've read by Elizabeth Strout. She is a truly masterful writer who is in complete control of her prose. She avoids clichés and sentimentality, completely drawing us in to the world inhabited by her cast of 'ordinary' characters whose trials and tribulations, triumphs and disasters, ups and downs, mirror and inform the experiences of 'ordinary' people.
Perhaps my favourite read of the year so far.
James Naughtie has a bad cold. ‘Your country gave this to me!’ he tells to Pulitzer prizewinning author, Elizabeth Strout. ‘Oh, well,’ she shrugs, unapologetic, and in this way she is rather like her character Olive Kitteridge.
First things first. James Naughtie wants to pin the author down. Is Olive Kitteridge a collection of inter-linking short stories or it is a novel? ‘I think of it as a book,’ replies Strout, which is as sensible and concise as answer as the question deserves. It is whatever the reader wants it to be. A novel whose segments may be considered to be chapters, or individual short stories, in which the most obvious links are a retired school teacher named Olive Kitteridge, the town of Crosby, Maine, and a series of strikingly decisive moments in the lives of its townsfolk.
Strout is a slow writer. She references one story (or chapter) which took her only three to four months to write, which she says was ‘good for her’. The last page came early in the writing process. ‘And I didn’t lose it,’ she adds, something that might easily have happened as she writes entirely by hand.
We first meet Olive through the eyes of her husband, Henry, and then through past and present members of the coastal community. (Maine has proved, and still proves, to be a fertile landscape for fiction). In some chapters, Olive is very much in the background. She is observed by a piano player walking through a bar on the arm of her affable husband. Attending a concert of classical music at Christmas-time in church, she draws the comment, ‘How can he (meaning her husband, Henry) stand her?Read more ›
I really loved this book. What makes it special to my eyes is the way Elizabeth Strout has to approach people's lives, from the outside and from the inside, big and little events, or better big and little "bursts", as Olive would say:
"Olive's private view is that life depends on what she thinks of as 'big bursts' and 'little bursts'. Big bursts are things like marriage or children, intimacies that keep you afloat, but these big bursts hold dangerous, unseen currents. Which is why you need the little bursts as well: a friendly clerk at Bradlee's, let's say, or the waitress at Dunkin's Donuts who knows how you like your coffee. Tricky business, really."
If you're keen on the intimist kind of literature, I strongly recommend it.
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Loved this and so did everyone else in our book group. Captures those personal stories that make us unique and which can isolate us. Read morePublished 29 days ago by the third man
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Powerful characterisation which creates achingly flawed but powerfully human characters. A tragic comedy.Published 1 month ago by Hilary O
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A beautifully written story - individual characters' stories that have a link - which is Olve Kitteridge. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. H. Bradley
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