Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night

Book - 2015
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In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness, but soon they are exchanging the confidences and memories.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101875896
1101875895
9781101911921
1101911921
Characteristics: 179 pages ; 21 cm

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Liwys
Oct 28, 2020

Such a lovely, lovely story, bittersweet and joyful at once. Mark Bramhall's narration was perfect—quiet, textural, understated, everything I love in a narrator. His performance reminds me of my all-time favorite narrator, the late Mark Hammer.

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SherriWatts
Jul 20, 2020

Ruth

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JAL49
May 16, 2020

I usually love “quiet” stories, but this one irritated me. Maybe if you don’t buy the premise (a widow asks a neighbor to share her bed at night so she has someone to talk to?) then the story feels shallow. It also bothered me that the man she invites keeps considering her good figure, and how moonlight falls on her shoulder, and how her soft skin appeals to him - it feels like he’s on a certain trajectory (sex) and she’s on another (companionship.) I just found the whole thing unbelievable. The writing style is also very clipped - kind of like this: he got up, walked back to his house, ate some cereal, did a crossword, fixed some lunch, and took a nap. Very dry. I don’t need writing to be lush or poetic, but it needs to be more than a list.

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ChrisyT
Apr 22, 2020

I love how the characters in this quiet novel collectively tackle the issue of lonliness in this delightful novel. I found it to be a funny, renosant and inspiring read.

Manateestarz Mar 26, 2020

A truly lovely novel about two older people who find each other and quietly fall in love in a small town in Colorado after a lifetime of acquaintance. Kent Haruf is the bard of everyday life and renders simple acts such as preparing supper or toasting marshmallows beautiful with his sparse but moving language. This is a short but touching must read.

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maipenrai
Mar 06, 2020

Kent Haruf is an amazingly talented author who writes with great empathy for the lives of his characters. He has never disappointed me!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Tica77
Jan 19, 2020

I read this book in a couple of hours. It is the simple story of Addie and Louis, two long-time neighbors who hardly knew each other but whose empty lives are filled with joy in each other’s company. The plot is uncomplicated and yet is filled with simple truths about love, complicated parent-adult child relationships and loss. The author, however, shows how even in their seventies people can still find friendship and love if they open their hearts. It is also a story of an adult child not accepting his mother’s new-found relationship and withholding his love to manipulate her. A very quick read and an inspiring story.

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clocktower03
Dec 03, 2019

I love recommending OSAN to anyone looking for a well written love story. It focuses on two people who decide to date, fall in love, and the people that stand in their way. It's a short book that leaves a lasting impression. Beautiful.

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Havanacat
Jan 11, 2019

Prose. People. An exquisite homage to finding love in life's final chapter.

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lrs1107
Dec 23, 2018

I read OUR SOULS AT NIGHT as the 6th and final of a Kent Haruf marathon, reading WHERE YOU ONCE BELONGED, THE TIE THAT BINDS and The PLAINSONG Trilogy in quick succession. Having insight into the fact that OUR SOULS was Haruf's last novel, written while he dying of lung disease, made it a particularly poignant endeavor.
Haruf's writing style (e.g., lacking certain "normal" punctuation) might be off-putting to some readers, but his eloquent descriptive use of the written word is almost beyond compare.
Read OUR SOULS as the swan-song of a gifted writer who was silenced too soon.

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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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