Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
What’s it about?
This is a love story set in a small Western town. Two elderly, lonely people make a conscious decision to spend time together at night, when they are the most alone.
What did I think?
I really like Kent Haruf’s writing style. It is sparse and economical, yet he always conveys great depth. This was his last novel before he died. I loved "Plainsong". This last book is almost like reading a lengthy version of a short story.
Should you read it?
I am a sucker for a good love story!
“What are you doing back here? Addie said.
I thought it would be less likely for people to see me.
I don’t care about that. They’ll know. Someone will see. Come by the front door out on the front sidewalk. I made up my mind I’m not going to pay attention to what people think. I’ve done that too long- all my life. I’m not going to live that way anymore. The alley makes it seem we’re doing something wrong or something disgraceful, to be ashamed of. “
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!