Septuagenarians Addie Moore and Louis Waters set the tongues wagging when they embark on a loving friendship. What develops is as much a surprise to them as it is to the good citizens of Holt, Colorado, who it seems have some very traditional views of how Addie and Louis should be behaving at their age.
With its gentle cadence and unadorned prose, this is a thoughtful and poignant story of our yearning to love and be loved and the challenges in achieving this universal need. [Larger font]
Everybody enjoyed this story.
We loved the simplicity of this book - the writing as well as the theme. And of course, the depth of the messages and the resulting emotions. Some were unsure about the ending, felt it was too heart-breaking. But most felt it was fitting, and just positive enough! We all felt inspired by the message of "go for it", even at the last chapter of life, and encouraged to ignore societal expectations. A very poignant, perfectly told story.
We all absolutely loved this book. The writing was spare and beautifully crafted. The book became even more poignant when we learned Haruf had finished it shortly before his death. We thought the characters so honest and realistic - we could relate to them and the situation they were in. Now we're all going back to read the 'Plainsong' trilogy!
Provoked mixed reactions for our group with some people really disliking it and others loving so scores ranged from 2 to 5. Those who liked it found it courageous, sweet, tender and moving. Those who disliked it found it unlikely and shallow, bogged down in small domestic detail and annoying. Some disliked the lack of punctuation which made it difficult to follow who was talking. It provoked good discussion about older peoples needs for companionship, and elder abuse/bullying by children. We were all agreed that the son, though damaged from his childhood, was unkind and horrible to his mother.
A delightful book, lovely story, simply written yet conveyed a lot. Slow paced but you could really savour it. Great discussion on the topic of loneliness and the need for companionship, and while we admired Addie's courage, couldn't imagine any of us taking this action!
All members of the group able to relate to the loneliness of older people. A feeling of sadness that human nature (the son's greed) gets in the way of happiness, plus the use of the child as bargaining power. Some found the use of dialogue without punctuation unusual/challenging. This was our first book and provoked lively discussion.
Simply written but good at creating a "movie" picture in your mind. Best read after seeing the movie. The English teachers in our group didn't really like the lack of speech marks !!!
Beautifully written and very poignant. Raised so many issues for discussion - very thought-provoking.
Our group, 9 out of 10, were not fans of this book. While the premise of the story was appealing You are never too old to need/find companionship the majority of the group struggled with the lack-lustre dialogue and lack of speech marks. While there were sweet moments, overall we felt like the characters were underdeveloped and we struggled with the slow pace. On the plus side, it is a short book, so to give it a chance is not a huge investment.
What an enchanting read! A couple of members were confused by the title but we all read it with gusto! It is a book that is suitable for all ages. Our group, as older readers (dreadful thought) could empathise with Addie and Louis, and the impression was that several members would think about the idea seriously - although probably not act on it!! Although the book itself was a very quick read, the questions triggered some very serious discussion, especially regarding children's response to their 'older' parents having an emotional life, not necessarily sexual but in a companionable way.
We all gave this book 9 or 9.5, as we thought it was charming, warm, funny and sad all at the same time!
The group all enjoyed the book and thought that it was well written. There was a lengthy discussion with many personal anecdotes about relationships (or friendships) among older people.
I think I could say that this is the most popular book yet! Excellent clear writing, and a very good topic. A tragedy! read it!
A beautiful story. Wow! What a great discussion this book instigated!!
Not a very demanding read. We discussed the likelihood of a woman of Addie's age asking a man to share her bed to talk - mixed opinions! We also debated the giving in to emotional blackmail from Gene - he probably needed Addie more than she needed him. The ending was a nice touch though.
The majority of us enjoyed this book. It provoked a range of emotions and a lengthy discussion, especially about the ending; Gene's role and Addie's perceived capitulation in order to still see her grandson.
All of our group enjoyed this book. Being mostly of an older generation we found it easy to relate to, and empathise with, the main characters. A delightful read.
A sweet little story of love for family clashing with the human need for companionship.