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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Through the angry and unpleasant personality of Olive Kittridge and the juxtaposition of the beauty of the natural world and the follies and sorrows of human beings we are meant to understand the amazing gift of life. The book is written in 13 stories, some from Olive Kittridge's viewpoint and some from other people in the town where Olive lives. In the reader's guide the author says, "I chose this form primarily because I envisioned the power of Olive's character as best told in an episodic manner. I thought the reader might need a little break from her at times, as well." As a reader I think this is very true. I needed a break from Olive, if this book had been straight Olive I would have liked it a lot less.
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize are often depressing, with signficance that is supposed to be uplifting, and this one is no exception.

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11/28/2009 page 122

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