OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout, 2oo8. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Olive Kitteridge is a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and the world at large. This is really 13 stories about 13 different people and how they are all entwined with Olive Kitteridge’s own life, and how she deals with her own life and self understanding. Meanwhile her husband Henry and her adult son have to put up with Olive’s ruthless honesty.
“Mousy” his wife said, when he hired the new girl. “Looks just like a mouse.”
Denise Thibodeau had round cheeks, and small eyes that peeped through her brown-framed glasses. “But a nice mouse.” Henry said. “A cute one.”
“No one’s cute who can’t stand up straight”, Olive said.
NOTE: Pulitzer Prizer Winner or not, I’m not sure I’ll enjoy Strout’s writing style, I’ll have to let you know.
NOTE: I’m still reading this one, and it’s still a slow one: I was also setting it aside the read THE KEY by Strieber! LOL
NOTE: I’m setting this one aside for when I’m desperate for a book to read. It’s okay just not very exciting, so I set it aside but now I AM finishing it up 2 months later!
The Ballad of DOROTHY WORDSWORTH, A Life by Frances Wilson, (2009). This is the biography of Dorothy Wordsworth, who was the sister of the poet William Wordsworth, and they had a most unusual relationship. She was undoubtably in love with her brother!, and when he married she lived with him and his wife Mary Hutchinson, who was a childhood friend of them both. Dorothy is described by the writer and opium addict Thomas De Quincey as “the very wildest… person I have ever known,” since she was not your typical spinster. She was the very center of her brother’s life, as they had an intense bond. Dorothy had a dramatic collapse on the day her brother married, and stopped writing in her journals days later. This book contains her journal entries, and is not my most favorite reading material- journal entries are so one sided, but the author of this book has plenty of explaining to do in between entries.
Dorothy is described as “a small woman under 5 feet tall with a wiry frame. She was never beautiful, and the loss of her teeth by the time she turned forty, together with her extreme thinness, her weathered skin, and the exhausting nature of her lifestyle, meant that she aged prematurely, looking 20 years older than she was. Dorothy seems to be the perfect picture of a hyperactive person. In her youth she is described as “wild and startling”, and as “all fire and ardor” by De Quincey. She is described as having “wild eyes” with “shooting lights” in them. She must have been a very dramatic and eccentric person to know. She acted as a secretary for her brother since he detested writing himself and merely dictated his words to Dorothy. Being a writer in her own right, her words were often borrowed by her brother and other writer friends.
NOTE: This book was BORING! I couldn’t bear to read more than a few chapters plus skim through parts plus the ending and look at the photos in the middle of the book.
THE HOUSE OF WINSLOW SERIES: THE LAST CONFEDERATE, 1860 by Gilbert Morris, (1990). This is the story of Sky and Rebekah Winslow who return from Oregon City to settle on a plantation in Virginia. A young northerner named Thad Novak is hired to work on the plantation, but can the northerner be trusted? What are his motives? The Winslow boys and Thad Novak are conscripted to fight in a war they don’t believe in since it forces them to fight against the Winslow relatives from the North.
Well, as you may know Gilbert Morris is a former pastor who became a Professor of English at Ouachita Baptist University of Arkansas, so it has a little Bible talk weaved in amongst the story.
NOTE: I didn’t finish this book, for some reason the War talk bored me.