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Oh William!

de Elizabeth Strout

Sèrie: Lucy Barton (3)

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Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple reckons with where they've come from--and what they've left behind.  "Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favorite writers, so the fact that Oh William! may well be my favorite of her books is a mathematical equation for joy. The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages is a miraculous achievement."--Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House I would like to say a few things about my first husband, William.  Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are.  So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret--one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us. What happens next is nothing less than another example of what Hilary Mantel has called Elizabeth Strout's "perfect attunement to the human condition." There are fears and insecurities, simple joys and acts of tenderness, and revelations about affairs and other spouses, parents and their children. On every page of this exquisite novel we learn more about the quiet forces that hold us together--even after we've grown apart.  At the heart of this story is the indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who offers a profound, lasting reflection on the very nature of existence. "This is the way of life," Lucy says: "the many things we do not know until it is too late."… (més)
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    aprille: Both Strout and Robinson present flawed characters with love and generosity.
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Like all of the author's books, this one is characterized by its particularly beautiful language. I found it really wonderful to read, very melodic.
Lucy Barton's second husband has died. She becomes friendly again with William, her first husband. They have two adult children together, they were young lovers at the time, and they were each other's first home. When William asks himself existential questions, it is Lucy with whom he works them out. Although both are already old, they still go far back in their past and childhood, even the past of their parents. Obviously, life is never lived to the point where the past doesn't matter.

Wie alle Bücher der Autorin zeichnet sich auch dieses durch seine besonders schöne Sprache aus. Ich fand es wirklich wunderbar zu lesen, sehr melodisch.
Lucy Bartons zweiter Mann ist gestorben. Sie nähert sich William, ihrem ersten Mann, wieder freundschaftlich an. Sie haben zwei erwachsene Kinder zusammen, sie waren damals junge Liebende, die füreinander die erste Heimat waren. Als sich William existenzielle Fragen stellt, ist es Lucy, mit der er sie bearbeitet. Obwohl beide schon alt sind, gehen sie nochmal weit zurück in ihrer beider Vergangenheit und Kindheit, ja sogar die der Eltern. Offensichtlich ist das Leben nie so weit gelebt, dass die Vergangenheit keine Rolle mehr spielt. ( )
  Wassilissa | Sep 23, 2022 |
“I would give it all up, all the success I have had as a writer, all of it I would give up—in a heartbeat I would give it up—for a family that was together and children who knew they were dearly loved by both their parents who had stayed together and who loved each other too.”

I’m glad I read this book for that one quote.

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  WynneWages | Sep 15, 2022 |
This is an amazing short novel about love. Readers have met Lucy Barton, the writer, in other novels. In this novel she is separated from her firtst husband William but still has a connection with him. They have two grown up daughters. The love Lucy feels for her daughters and for William runs through the novel and the love she didn't have from her own mother. William's mother Catherine is also a big character in the novel, her style, her way of talking, taking William and Lucy on holidays, buying Lucy clothes, trying to get her to learn to play golf. These are all things that are unfamiliar and unsettling for Lucy after the impoverished childhood she had. A family secret gives Lucy and William time for a triip together. At the end she writes, 'But when I think Oh William!, don't I mean Oh Lucy! too? Don't I mean Oh Everyone, Oh dear Everybody in this whole wide world, we do not know anybody, not even ourselves! Except a little tiny, tiny bit we do. But we are all mythologies, mysterious. We are all mysteries, is what I mean. This may be the only thing in the world I know to be true.'. ( )
  CarolKub | Aug 27, 2022 |
Not my favourite book by Elizabeth Strout. It continues the story of Lucy Barton and relives part of her marriage to William Gerhardt and her second husband David who has died. Although divorced, she and William maintained a cordial relationship through the years even though his philandering ways were the cause of the breakup. When William’s wife Estelle gives him an ancestry DNA kit, William discovers that he has a half sister that his seemingly very proper mother Catherine Cole never disclosed.
William asks Lucy to accompany him to rural Maine to find Lois Buber, his half sister.
Lucy reflects a great deal on her unloving parents, her childhood poverty and her success at leaving a life with little future in comparison to Catherine Cole’s hidden past. I found the writing style to be so different from her other books,it unsettled me. ( )
  MaggieFlo | Jul 12, 2022 |
Written from the voice of Lucy Barton, a character in two previous books written by Strout. Lucy, married twice, has recently lost her second husband David. In her grief of David, she travels back to memories of her first husband, William. William was easy to love, but difficult to live with. Yet, Lucy knows William may just be the only person who knows her totally.

I had difficulty with the repetitive phrases and ideas. I can't recommend this latest book when compared to her others. ( )
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This is the way of life: the many things we do not know until it is too late.
I turned and I said, "How are your night terrors these days, William?"
William opened his hand and said, "They're gone." Then he added, "My life got worse, so they stopped."
Mommy, I cried inside myself, Mommy, I am so frightened!
And the nice mother I have made up over the years answered: Yes, I know.
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Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple reckons with where they've come from--and what they've left behind.  "Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favorite writers, so the fact that Oh William! may well be my favorite of her books is a mathematical equation for joy. The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages is a miraculous achievement."--Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House I would like to say a few things about my first husband, William.  Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are.  So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret--one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us. What happens next is nothing less than another example of what Hilary Mantel has called Elizabeth Strout's "perfect attunement to the human condition." There are fears and insecurities, simple joys and acts of tenderness, and revelations about affairs and other spouses, parents and their children. On every page of this exquisite novel we learn more about the quiet forces that hold us together--even after we've grown apart.  At the heart of this story is the indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who offers a profound, lasting reflection on the very nature of existence. "This is the way of life," Lucy says: "the many things we do not know until it is too late."

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