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    Olive Ketteridge

    I didn't enjoy it. I'm not kern on modern American culture anyway and found the character of Olive so unappealing. Yes, the book was trying to show her redeeming characteristics despite her often unpleasant reactions to others and her behaviour, but that didn't make up for the fact that I found her so unappealing overall. For me there were far too many characters which I found confusing. I did feel it was skilfully written with some lyrical passages - but so very depressing, it was like wading through mud.
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    Final chapter isn't as it seems on Kobo e-reader

    I loved this book so very much but was confused by the final chapter 'The Burgess Boys' - unfortunately the Kobo version does not make it clear that this is the first chapter of another of Elizabeth Strout's books and that the actual final chapter is 'The River' (which in hindsight is a perfect finishing point for the book but unfortunately I was unaware that it was at the time of reading). It did, however, make me eager to read The Burgess Boys, but briefly deprived me of the finality of Olive Kitteridge. Not the author's fault, but a publisher's fault for not making this clear.
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    Fabulous as always

    A wonderful gentle look at lives. She tackles characters with insight, love and humour. You genuinely think that you are part of the story as you are bought so close to these people. I loved it,
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    Mixed

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It had good insights into people and life situations. It provided different moods but didn't seem to explore anything to a conclusion.
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    Une plongée dans la complexité

    Complexité de la vie et des relations sociales. Gentillesse, méchanceté des personnages. Olive incarne l’ambivalence et la difficulté des sentiments. Ce livre met en scène de nombreuses scènes qui croisent le destin complexe d’Olive Kitteridge, comme autant d’éclairages différents d’un même tableau. Le roman s’enroule autour de lui même. On en sort interrogatif. En anglais, c’est relativement facile à lire. C’est un roman qui ne laisse pas sans question.
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