Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Olive KitteridgeOlive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book was an account of a retired teacher and her life in a small town; her observations of others. I found this book interesting, but sad on many levels. It was a lesson in behaviour and how our poor behaviour effects our family and their treatment of us in later years. Olive's honesty and temper resulted in her only son turning away from her when she needed him most and she was left with her husband in a nursing home, after having a major stroke. Olive was solely in charge and spent every day with him while the son only visited once. I was heart broken for her during that and what a horrible man her son grew up to be. She loved him so much, as we all do our children, and this slap was his judgement of her. Children don't know us at all, nor take the time to know us. This generation is all wrapped up in themselves.

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