Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night

Book - 2015
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A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.

Their brave adventures--their pleasures and their difficulties--are hugely involving and truly resonant, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781101875896
Characteristics: 179 pages ;,20 cm

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Readingon
Oct 04, 2017

I was loving this book from the very beginning, telling so many people about it as I read on. Then when I got to the end, my jaw dropped and I said, "WHAT?????!!" What a disappointment!

With all that said, I have read some of this author's other books and I do enjoy his style of writing. Sadly he is no longer with us.

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mollylarsoncook
Sep 29, 2017

I enjoyed the book, but have a problem with the casting of the movie. I never once envisioned Addie as a woman as glamorous or kittenish as Jane Fonda. My sense is this was a marketing move more than an artistic choice to cast Fonda and Redford for the big "40th anniversary" reunion. Too bad. The ordinariness of Addie and Louis made the story all the more enjoyable. Seeing two "stars" changes the feel of it entirely.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Sep 29, 2017

Quick read. Delightful book. I love the writer's minimalistic style. The book reads like a conversation or a movie script.

Netflix released Our Souls at Night featuring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda today (September 29). It has been billed as a 50th anniversary of Barefoot in the Park for 70-something old farts set in rural Colorado rather than NYC.

As I read the book, I could hear the voices of Redford and Fonda in my head. I was so looking forward to the scene where Louis goes to the barber for a haircut and a shave prior to his first night with Addie. Sadly, it didn't make the movie.

The movie takes a few liberties with the book ~ some good ~ some disappointing. I liked the ending of the movie better than the ending of the book, and I highly recommend reading the book before seeing the movie. Very sad that this was the author's last book.

debwalker Aug 11, 2017

jane Fonda and Robert Redford reunite for the first time in almost 40 years in the film version. A romance about neighbours whose spouses have died. Full Kleenex box event!

Infolass Jun 28, 2017

Lovely book, easy and quick read but very disappointed at the abrupt, sad ending. Did it need to be? I can see this being a terrific book club title as a number of issues can be discussed after reading this book.

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becker
Jun 21, 2017

I love the quiet understated way this author tells a story. Simply told and always a bit profound. This is a novel driven by character. A look at a relationship that develops between two older lonely people. These characters could be your neighbours. You feel like you know them.

The simply told story of two widowed elderly neighbors in a small town who are dealing with their loneliness in a unique way. From being neighborly to companions to close friends these two characters find strength in each other as they tackle the everyday challenges life brings them. A lovely, poignant story that is a quick read.

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jr3083
May 03, 2017

What an absolute gem of a book! It’s only 179 broadly spaced pages long, but it’s gentle and wise and sad and when I finished it too late into the night, I sat in bed and cried.

For my complete review see
https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/our-souls-at-night-by-kent-haruf/

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cherstaite
Apr 19, 2017

I loved reading the book. I hated the ending.

But now that I'm over being pissed off at the ending of this one, I've read other of his books and loved them all.

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julia_st
Feb 07, 2017

I guess I will be the only one to say I didn't like this book. I found the writing style to be very simple. And the plot didn't touch me at all. Maybe for some retired person it might resonate with familiar relationship. And I don't understand what is a big deal with developing the relationship that Louis and Addie have? If you are old widow or widower you just need to die alone in an empty house? You can't move on even if you are 70?

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miinas
Aug 31, 2016

A lovely book of a story about an elderly woman who is lonely and asks a friend to join her in bed for companionship and physical contact. Her son does not like that his Mom is sharing a bed with an older man.

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