Tuesday, March 15, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: Olive Kitteridge


Happy Tuesday! Welcome to First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers share a bit about what they're reading or planning to read soon. 

In my continuing quest to read more selections from my bookshelves, I've taken another book from my TBR pile, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (2008).

From the back cover:

"At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life--sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition--its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires."

The opening:

"Pharmacy

For many years Henry Kitteridge was a pharmacist in the next town over, driving every morning on snowy roads, or rainy roads, or summertime roads, when the wild raspberries shot their new growth in brambles along the last section of town before he turned off to where the wider road led to the pharmacy. Retired now, he still wakes early and remembers how mornings used to be his favorite, as though the world were his secret, tires rumbling softly beneath him and the light emerging through the early fog, the brief sight of the bay off to his right, then the pines, tall and slender, and almost always he rode with the window partly open because he loved the smell of the pines and the heavy salt air, and in the winter he loved the smell of the cold."

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


13 comments:

  1. One of my all-time favorites! I loved this both in print and as an audiobook. Hope you do, too.

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  2. I have thought about reading this one, but have not dipped my toe just yet. I'd have to be in the right mood. Hope you enjoy it and it sounds like JoAnn is a big fan! LOL

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  3. I loved this book. You are in for a treat. I'm anxiously waiting for the author's new book to come. There's a long request list and the library, but I'm trying to be patient.

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  4. I definitely want to read this one...I watched the TV miniseries and was hooked on the story and the characters.

    Here's mine: “IF YOU LIVED HERE…”

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  5. I never did read this one, but I saw the HBO film version.

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  6. I really want to read this one especially after reading My Name is Lucy Barton she has a unique and somehow soothing style of writing I think.

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  7. I've had this book on the shelf forever so I will pull it off and read it, too! Yes, keep reading.

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  8. I've had this book on the shelf forever so I will pull it off and read it, too! Yes, keep reading.

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  9. Beautiful descriptive writing. I love "... as though the world were his secret..." This sounds like a book I'd enjoy.
    My Tuesday post features a contemporary romance: GRIFF MONTGOMERY, QUARTERBACK.

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  10. I like her writing. This is one I'm hoping to read this summer. So if you end up disliking it, let me know so I don't waste valuable reading time on it. :)

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  11. Loved the audio version. Hope u enjoy this one.

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  12. I didn't like this one as much as everyone else did.

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  13. I've heard such good things about this book. I would like to read it someday!

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