Friday Morning Bookclub

October 25, 2014

Olive Kitteridge ………….A Miniseries!


I  am always intrigued when a book I have read is made into a movie. How closely will it follow the story line in the book? In the case of Olive Kitteridge I wonder how they will make an engaging movie out of what is essentially a group of short stories.I rarely read short stories and remember while reading Olive Kitteridge that some of the stories left me wanting more. Perhaps that is a good thing!

Olive Kitteridge was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009. The Friday Morning Bookclub read Olive Kitteridge in 2010 and gave it 3.25 omelets.

Here is a short review of the book, written by Carol:

The book is a collection of 13 vignettes of the lives of the residents of a small town in Maine. The residents weave in and out of each others’ lives to different degrees, but the one presence they all have in common is Olive Kitteridge, a lifelong resident of the town who is a schoolteacher, mother and wife. In these vignettes we see the different emotional challenges each of the characters must contend with and how they struggle to get the love they want. Olive’s life is the most detailed and the readers see how, over time, her different relationships either unravel or transform. The club was mixed in its’ feelings for the book; some of us really enjoyed examining these different characters and their intimate conflicts but some of us felt that the vignettes were too short and disconnected to be interesting. There was also different opinions about Olive and how responsible she was for pain she caused in the lives of her husband and son. There was a comment made that this book could be best appreciated by readers who are at least middle-aged, people who have reached a time in their lives when they know that sometimes different relationships require compromise or resignation. What I found intriguing about these stories were the differing strength of bonds between the various characters and their families and by examining these bonds I could ponder whose outcomes would be better than others’.

Sound interesting? Check out the trailer!  Part one of the HBO miniseries airs November 2nd at 9pm ET



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