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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Jan 29, 09

bookshelves: ambivalent, didn-t-finish, most-recent, short-stories
Read in January, 2009

I read the first two stories and her style is just not something I really enjoy. After reading The History of Love, I knew it would be hard to get into anything else, so I gave it some time before starting something new. But, this is just so dry and yet overwrought. I didn't care for the cadence either, it seemed too metered, if you know what I mean. And everything was introduced like it was terribly important and heavy, without the balance of humor. Yeah, there were attempts at humor, but it wasn't a kind of humor that I appreciate. It's like an old lady book. It's dusty and prim, with a touch of melodrama and old lady tittering-behind-a-lace-hanky kind of humor. Just not my thing.

Other people liked it. Oprah liked it. It wasn't terrible. It wasn't like a Tami Hoag or Dan Brown book. Other people might like it. I just didn't.
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