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Our Souls at Night - Kent Haruf

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Published: 26th April 2016
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'Absolutely beautiful' -
The Times

'Luminous' -
Ursula K Le Guin, Guardian

'I loved Our Souls at Night' -
David Nicholls

Addie Moore's husband died years ago, so did Louis Waters' wife, and, as neighbours in Holt, Colorado they have naturally long been aware of each other. With their children now far away both live alone in houses empty of family. The nights are terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk to. Then one evening Addie pays Louis an unexpected visit. Their brave adventures-their pleasures and their difficulties-form the beating heart of Our Souls at Night. Kent Haruf's final novel is an exquisite and moving story about love and growing old with grace. It is a lasting tribute to the extraordinary author who wrote it.

About the Author

Kent Haruf is the author of six novels (and, with the photographer Peter Brown, West of Last Chance). His honours include a Whiting Foundation Writers' Award, the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, the Wallace Stegner Award, and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation; he was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The New Yorker Book Award. Benediction was shortlisted for the Folio Prize. He died in November 2014, at the age of seventy-one.

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a very touching read

This was a poignant novel for author Kent Haruf as he died soon afterward. The simply written details of an elderly couple seeking solace and comfort in their 'Winter' years is remarkably sweet....Read complete review

This was a poignant novel for author Kent Haruf as he died soon afterward. The simply written details of an elderly couple seeking solace and comfort in their 'Winter' years is remarkably sweet. The reader is taken on their journey as they face judgement from their local community and family members for spending their night times together. This novel reassures the humanness of the importance of touch and how we don't like to sleep alone - particularly in our ageing years.

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Engageing story and characters.

First book I have read in a long time due to eyesight issues.
Read a bit everyday day until I finished it.
I fely for the characters - very engageing.

First book I have read in a long time due to eyesight issues.
Read a bit everyday day until I finished it.
I fely for the characters - very engageing.

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Beautiful reading.

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    Comments about Our Souls at Night:

    This book was recommended on ABC's Bookclub. Not available locally. It was all I expected and more. As Jennifer Byrne said 'A beautiful Book'.

     
    5.0

    An emotional subject matter

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      Comments about Our Souls at Night:

      Thoroughly enjoyed the book, family just aren't always as understanding as they should be

       
      5.0

      Sweet, soulful. Short, but wide.

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        I read this in a day. Lovely, gentle characters. Stunning in its simplicity. I found myself so invested in what happened to them.

         
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        Engageing story and characters.

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          First book I have read in a long time due to eyesight issues.
          Read a bit everyday day until I finished it.
          I fely for the characters - very engageing.

           
          4.0

          Loved this. A well written and intelligent read.

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              A beautiful telling of a mature love. Easy to read.

               
              4.0

              Beautiful story

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                Comments about Our Souls at Night:

                I would strongly recommend this book to everyone especially those with older parents. This touching love story is about how two lonely people find friendship and love in their old age and the inability of those closest to them to understand and the casual cruelty this provokes.

                 
                5.0

                A beautiful book -but a little sad...

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                  A gentle read that I will be handing around! 'Booktopia' - always great!!!!

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                  4.0

                  A heartwarming and very human story

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                    Easy to read .

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                    A gentle and thoroughly enjoyable read

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                      A simply written story that grabs your attention from the start. Human emotions described sparingly with insight and dignity.

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                      4.0

                      Beautifully written

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                        This was a beautiful insightfully written book about two people in the later years of their lives and how being alone can be a blessing as well as a burden

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                        The language is straightforward and stripped back, calm and unassuming. And it all combines to make a novel which, like Louis and Addie's relationship does for them, warms and expands the heart . . . the sentiment that lingers most, on finishing this beautiful, tranquil, tender novel, is contentment * Observer * Simple, low-key and absolutely beautiful. * The Times * I loved Kent Haruf's small-town love story -- David Nicholls To ring true, description of even the humblest kind of fulfilment and contentment must be written in awareness of human inadequacy and cruelty and the possibility of illness, ruin, death. One false word can make it all incredible. I don't think there's a false word in Kent Haruf's final novel, Our Souls in the Night . . . Many novels have been about the pursuit of happiness, but this one is luminous with its actual presence . . . Perhaps happiness is less predictable than misery, since it partakes of freedom. Like freedom, also, it's never secure; it can't be for ever. But it can be real, and in this beautiful novel, we can share it -- Ursula K Le Guin * Guardian * So beautiful; quietly gripping, full of love, humour and gentle shocks. Our Souls at Night is a perfect tribute to a truly extraordinary writer. -- Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart A humane, deeply affecting final novel * Daily Mail * His great subject was the struggle of decency against small-mindedness, and his rare gift was to make sheer decency a moving subject . . . This novel runs on the dogged insistence that simple elements carry depths, and readers will find much to be grateful for. * New York Times * Gritty, painful and human . . . his novels are imbued with an affection and understanding that transform the most mundane details into poetry . . . Haruf's final novel is a beacon of hope; he is sorely missed -- Francesca Wade * Financial Times * A delicate, sneakily devastating evocation of place and character . . . Haruf's story accumulates resonance through carefully chosen details; the novel is quiet but never complacent * New Yorker * Short, spare and moving . . . Our Souls at Night is already creating a stir. * Wall Street Journal * An eloquent 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 future. * Red Magazine * Utterly charming and distilled to elemental purity . . . such a tender, carefully polished work that it seems like a blessing we had no right to expect. -- Ron Charles * Washington Post * A novel full of kindness, open-heartedness and grace, of ordinary experiences and commonplace regret . . . unputdownable as a thriller - an unlikely page-turner full of quiet surprises . . . It's an astonishing piece of writing * Literary Review * In a fitting and gorgeous end to a body of work that prizes resilience above all else, Haruf has bequeathed readers a map charting a future that is neither easy nor painless, but it's also not something we have to bear alone. * Esquire * If you haven't read Kent Haruf's wonderful backlist, now is the time to discover it. Or jump in at the end, with this novel; a graceful story . . . a melancholy reminder that happiness can be fragile. * Psychologies Magazine * Gripping and tender . . . a sweet love story, a deep friendship . . . with a stunning sense of all that's passed and the precious importance of the days that remain. * Publishers Weekly *

                        ISBN: 9781447299370
                        ISBN-10: 144729937X
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 176
                        Published: 26th April 2016
                        Publisher: Pan Macmillan
                        Country of Publication: AU
                        Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1  x 1.3
                        Weight (kg): 0.15