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Olive Kitteridge us a novel made by thirteen stories, but it’s also the name of the character who is the recurring element. Olive is both the main character and a background one, but always her presence could be felt in the story, thanks also for her strong character.
Olive is a woman who lives in Crosby, Maine, she is a wife, a mother and teaches maths. Her husband counterpoises her character by being more accommodating, while with her son she has a difficult relation, as we can see from the tales where he is always far away, both in space and emotionally.
Olive has a strong character and it’s hard to like her, she is stubborn and moody, but she is also able of unselfish gestures of love, and in these moment her complete humanity emerges, her having the same qualities and flaws of every human being.
Of these novel I remember the rarefied atmosphere, the stillness of the small town where everyone knows everyone, but I recall also the ability to evolve that some of the characters have, and among them Olive’s, who changes, story after story, and becomes aware of herself and of the relationships she built during her life.
I do not think Olive Kitteridge could be defined a novel to spend some time, it’s more like a novel that leaves an impression after its passage.
* Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ★★★★☆
*I read this book in italian