Mit Blick aufs Meer: Roman by Elizabeth Strout

Mit Blick aufs Meer: Roman

byElizabeth Strout, Sabine Roth

Kobo ebook | June 23, 2010 | German

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Crosby, eine kleine Stadt an der Küste von Maine. Hier ist nicht gerade sehr viel los. Doch sieht man einmal genauer hin, ist jeder Mensch eine Geschichte und Crosby die ganze Welt. Elizabeth Strout fügt diese Geschichten mit liebevoller Ironie und feinem Gespür für Zwischenmenschliches zu einem unvergesslichen Roman.

Sie kann manchmal eine rechte Nervensäge sein: Olive Kitteridge, die pensionierte Lehrerin. Weil sie zu allem, was in dem Städtchen Crosby geschieht, eine dezidierte Meinung hat, halten sie einige für überkritisch. Dann wieder überrascht sie durch Selbstlosigkeit und Mitgefühl. Sie mischt sich ein und macht sich ihre Gedanken über ihre Mitmenschen: die schrille Barpianistin, die insgeheim einer verlorenen Liebe nachtrauert, einen ehemaligen Schüler, der keinen Sinn mehr im Leben sieht, ihren eigenen Sohn, der sich von ihren Empfindlichkeiten bevormundet fühlt, ihren Mann Henry, der die Ehe mit ihr nicht nur als Segen, sondern manchmal auch als Fluch empfindet. Und während sich die Menschen in Crosby mit ihrem ganz normalen Leben herumschlagen, den Problemen wie den Freuden, lernt Olive auf ihre alten Tage, das Leben zu lieben.

Elizabeth Strouts Roman erzählt von Liebe und Kummer, von Toleranz und Aufbegehren. »Mit Blick aufs Meer« ist ein weises und anrührendes Buch über die Natur des Menschen in all seiner Verletzlichkeit und Stärke, erfrischend ehrlich und unglaublich schön.

Title:Mit Blick aufs Meer: RomanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 23, 2010Publisher:Luchterhand LiteraturverlagLanguage:German

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't Put It Down. I loved reading this book. The characters all have something special. There are some that you would have loved to read more of and how they finished. They seem important and then just vanish from the book. Apart from these loose ends, it's quite enjoyable. Wants you to read other books from the author.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting read I found this book easy to read and interesting, but the main character and her impact on those she loved the most made me very sad. Olive is very strong ... for better or for worse. Thankfully, she was able to redeem herself at the end of the book.#plumrewards
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simply breathtaking a beautiful story told in rich detail in short snippets. each short story adds to the richness of this book that is among the most beautifully written and heartbreaking ive ever read.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm not sure that I could love this book any more... I was absolutely blown away when I read Olive Kitteridge. It lead me to watch the TV series (outstanding), and read everything else by Elizabeth Strout (not as good, but definitely worthwhile). I found all of the characters and their stories to be very moving. Olive is not your typical hero, but she is fierce and unabashedly human. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't get enough. I didn't want this book to end.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Endearingly Human These short stories are subtle and tender in their approach - I can only describe them as endearingly human. The stories themselves are varied in nature, though they are all bound by the thread that is Olive Kitteridge. Olive is big, bold, and opinionated; she speaks her mind freely, often to the chagrin of those who know her. Her husband, Henry, loves her with purity and sweetness that seeps from the pages. Olive is not the heroine I was expecting when going into this book, but, wow, she sure had a lot to teach me. I have chills, the good kind, from the final page.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read! I loved this book. Have read it twice, just to reconnect with the characters and enjoy. Would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A keeper... bought this twice as I lost my first copy and had to have it in my collection. It is a sweet, sad, honest book - the lives Olive Kitteridge touches will strike a chord in the reader, there is a bit of us in these characters. Very real, and told by a wonderful story-teller. I went on to buy more of her books, thanks to this one.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from remarkable this book lead me to read all of Stout's books which are equally as well written and superb!
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Olive kitteridge At first it was not catching my interest but I kept reading and loved it. Had many characters introduced. It is a book that makes you pounder about it afterwards I like that. Thank you. Keep calm and read on.
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from terrific read It was required reading for Book Club and I sighed when I read a synopsis but it was amazing! I actually went back and re read a few of the chapters, and may do so again.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A light enjoyable read A very interesting way of gaining perspective on a character, through the eyes of the people of her community. I enjoyed the wide variety of characters that Strout exposes the reader to. In this way, not only is the title character developed, but also the town as a whole. A great read anytime.
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Olive Kitteridge Beautifully written, yet heartbreaking at times. I found the main character to be a better person than many gave her credit for, perhaps because they did not know her thoughts as the reader is made privy to them. It made me think about getting older and mortality.
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky I didn't know what to expect with this book but it ended up being very enjoyable. It's a quick read but a delight.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant and thoughtful Olive Kitteridge By Elizabeth Strout This is the story of an aging woman who realizes at the end of her life that she has made a lot of mistakes, ruined important relationships, wasted a lot of opportunities and generally made a mess of things. But when her life is in ruins around her, she is offered a last opportunity for happiness and she takes it. It is a tragic story with a twist of hope at the end. I found it disturbing to read because if any of us reflect on our lives we know that we have made mistakes and squandered opportunities and closed doors. The theme is pertinent to us all, but especially those of us whose lives are more than half over with opportunities that will never come round again. This is a sobering book, made all the more poignant by the deft, original and light-handed presentation. It is really a collection of short stories set (except for one) in a small village on the coast of Maine. Olive is a character in each story, although not always the central one. We catch glimpses of her from many different perspectives as she lives out her life in the village. We see her through the eyes of many people, in many situations over a long stretch of years. Each story stands alone and yet also reveals the complexities of Olive’s character. We learn about her weaknesses and her considerable strengths and we learn about the dynamic between her and her son, Christopher. Although insightful and compassionate, the stories are sad, about disappointed parents, stale love, bodies that have turned to fat and flab, loss, and early death. The heartbreak of the world is present in this small fishing village and its residents shoulder their sorrows and carry on. The one relationship that remains a little mysterious is Olive’s marriage to the affable, well-respected Henry. As with so many long-term marriages, it is hard to see what drew the couple together in the first place and what has sustained the relationship since. Henry did have a fling with another woman, but something, decency, habit, timidity, love, drew him back to Olive. But then, Olive also had an affair which ended tragically. Henry seems quiescent in the relationship, but Olive is haunted by his remark, “In all the years we’ve been married, all the years, I don’t believe you’ve ever once apologized. For anything.” Olive is a maddening woman, but she is complex, with certain strengths and insights and sympathies. Many people in the community dislike her, but I could not help liking her forthright, strong opinions, her disdain for namby-pambies, and her impatient snort, “Hells Bells!” In the stories, “ Basket of Trips” and “Starving” we see her sensitivity and generosity and wisdom in assessing people and situations. She is impatient, independent, and always thinks she is right, but she is strong, and can be kind and sympathetic. Elizabeth Strout won a Pulitzer Prize for this book in 2008. I would say she merited it for the haunting character she has produced, the vivid and sympathetic depiction of a Maine coastal village and its characters, and the original and deft way she unveiled her main character, revealing her through so many perspectives, encounters, relationships and episodes which showed her complexity, failures and also her strengths. At the end, my heart broke for the mistakes Olive had made and yet I admired her tenacity and strength to keep on going and have a final try for happiness. The theme is that foundation of happiness, relationships: the hit and miss of them, the things unsaid but understood, the durability and frailness of them, the inner strength that they require of us and the central, healing quality that makes them essential to us. Read more of my reviews at
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the price of admission I read this book over the course of only a few days, and found myself really liking Olive and her quirky ways, but wished there was more of her. The book is actually based on short stories that involve central and key characters, Olive included, but it often left me wanting more. It was a good read, an interesting character study, and a vessel of truth on the dynamics of family, friends, and small town living. I have passed this book on to friends to read and hopefully enjoy as much as I.
Date published: 2011-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant !!!! This collection is amazing ! The common thread is Olive Kitteridge who appears in all of the stories in some capacity . It remings me a bit of The Stone Angel but is even better ! I will read these stories a second time for sure ! I am almost finished this book and will find it hard to leave these characters behind ....this is the type of book you will get out of bed at 2am to read !
Date published: 2010-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I enjoyed Olive Kitteridge immensely. Could not put it down and will probably read it again and again!
Date published: 2009-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Welcome to New England I enjoyed Olive Kitteredge immensely. The descriptions of the town and its inhabitants made me feel that I was part of the community. The book was structured in such a way that with every chapter/story you began to know Olive a little better.
Date published: 2009-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Olive is a difficult woman to love... Olive is a difficult woman to love at first but as her character developed glimpses of her redeeming qualities shone through and made you second guess your initial impression of her. I enjoyed the book a lot because of the original story format and recommend it to anyone who enjoys an "unusual read"
Date published: 2009-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Winner of 2009 Pulitzer Prize I admit that I did pick up this book because it won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. I've never read any of Elizabeth Strout's work before but "Olive Kitteridge" is certainly an example of what great writing is. Not a novel, but really a collection of short stories, "Olive Kitteridge" is about the trials and tribulations of an elderly woman and the people around her -- it grapples with the big questions surrounding the human condition like tragedy, sorrow, and suffering, but also triumph, success, and love. I think each story works extremely well on its own, but I do question whether as a collection it presents as well. Because each story was written for a different audience (Oprah Magazine to the New Yorker to Seventeen), the sum of the stories does not provide a cohesive narrative. Though one could argue that is the point of the book, I still think the holes in between leave quite a bit to be desired. Still, I do agree and find that each story has a concrete message which is profound and far-reaching. Overall, I would say I'm a little surprised this collection of short stories could win the Pulitzer Prize. But I do like Strout's writing, the stories are solid and there is definitely something in the book for everyone. Definitely a recommend read.
Date published: 2009-04-27