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Oh William!: A Novel von Elizabeth Strout
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Oh William!: A Novel (2021. Auflage)

von Elizabeth Strout (Autor)

Reihen: Lucy Barton (3)

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Titel:Oh William!: A Novel
Autoren:Elizabeth Strout (Autor)
Info:Random House (2021), 256 pages
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Oh William! von Elizabeth Strout

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Elizabeth Strout is such a talented and flawless writer. I liked this book even better than, "My Name is Lucy Barton." Once again, Strout creates these lonely and amazingly flawed characters and gives the reader such detailed insight into their emotions and lives.

William is Lucy's ex-husband. She has recently lost her husband and as she grieves, she examines the relationships in her life, specifically the one with her ex-husband, William. As Lucy explores her past and tries to understand people, she makes it clear that, "we are all mysteries."

I love that the title is "Oh, William," and throughout the book Lucy finds herself saying, "Oh, William" over and over with different meanings. Sometimes she says it out of anger, sometimes out of love, sometimes out of empathy.

The moral of this story could be, "This is the way of life: the many things we do not know until it is too late." But luckily for Lucy, she does seem to figure things out and come to terms with them before it is too late. Strout's unique and lovely way with words makes her characters so vivid and human and endearing. They are characters that you won't ever forget. Another great book from one of my favorite writers! ( )
  dawnlovesbooks | Jan 20, 2022 |
This is the 3rd book that Strout has written with Lucy Barton as the lead character. In this book Lucy writes this like a memoir with a constant stream of consciousness. She deals with all aspects of her life but it is mainly about her relationship to her ex-husband William who is the father of their 2 adult children. The two have maintained a good relationship as ex spouses and help each other through the ups and downs of their lives. Being 70 and 65 gives them a perspective on their lives. Although it may be helpful, it is not necessary to have read the previous books about Lucy Barton to be able to enjoy this book. First person introspective novels aren't my favorites because you are relying on a narrator with a singular point of view but this book pretty much works and does a good job of dealing with how we were raised, the choices we make, and the people we connect with. Not a long book and a good introduction for those who have not read any Elizabeth Strout books. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Jan 11, 2022 |
“This is the way of life: the many things we do not know until it is too late.”

This is the third book of the Amgash, IL series which originated with the departure of Lucy Barton from the run down town and onto pursue her dreams. Lucy receives a college scholarship and eventually becomes an accomplished author. In this book, Lucy is older and writes this book as if taking notes in a journal, reflecting on her life, marriages, daughters and in particular, William Gebhardt her first husband who is 6 years older. At this time Lucy and William are both around 70 years old having made successful careers and remarrying. Lucy met William when she moved to attend college as he worked in a lab as parasitologist and taught microbiology at NYU. When they married, Lucy devoted herself to being a loving, caring mother to her two daughters. She wanted to give them all the support and attention she craved as a child. As the years past, Lucy realizes that she needs to put herself first and rekindles her passion to become a writer.

Although they divorced, Lucy and William continued to have a symbiotic relationship that only two people who know each other so well can have. They seemed to experience many life events relying on each other for support and advice. Lucy recalls how William provided comfort when her second husband, David Abramson, died. She remembers his second wife, Joanne, because he had been having an affair with her for 6 years before the divorce. William married her a year after their divorce. Then, William married Estelle, his third wife who is 22 years younger and they had a daughter Bridget together.

Lucy and William have come to rely on each other through the years. William has been tormented over the years with night terrors about his mother, Catherine. Another memory which lingers relates to Germany and how his father died when he was 14 yo following surgery to remove an intestinal polyp. Although he didn’t believe in the afterlife, he often thinks about death and his convoluted family history. They have an open, honest dialogue about the course of life and the comfort of the “familiar” place were most married people end up after years of marriage. Ironically, they seem to know each other’s quirks and routines but acknowledge that sometimes people end up with kind and thoughtful people. But the routines and familiar are often superficial with people not fully understanding the depths of the other person. ( )
  marquis784 | Jan 5, 2022 |
More of introspective Lucy Barton’s life, her relationship with her ex husband William and her families. Highly recommended. ( )
  pennykaplan | Dec 31, 2021 |
I enjoyed revisiting the characters from My Name Is Lucy Barton again and especially her reflections on her ex-husband, William. ( )
  amysan | Dec 20, 2021 |
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What a strange thing life is.
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!
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