Our souls at night is simply, profoundly, an exquisite homage to love. The film stars robert redford, jane fonda, matthias schoenaerts, and judy greer. Now, now, this scenario was conceived by the late, great kent haruf our souls at night is no 50 shades of geriatric grey. Haruf set all of his books in the fictional small town of holt, colo. Often theyre used almost as stock filler characters so it is lovely to have such a well written book featuring this marginalised group. The book clubs jennifer byrne shares her most memorable. The first sentences read, and then there was the day when addie moore made a call on louis waters. Editor of our souls at night and vice president and editoratlarge of alfred a. Talking about kent harufs our souls at night caused a run at bookshops for it. Each night, they lie next to each other in addies bed and recount the painful, joyous, and mundane parts of their lives to each other.
The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a book club that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Read free book excerpt from our souls at night by kent haruf, page 1 of 3. The bedraggled delegates gather outside the theatre. Haruf spent a life making art from our blind collisions, and our souls at night is a fitting finish. Wed like to say a big thank you to our audience for supporting the program over 11 years. Their arrangement immediately comes under fire from the other elderly folks.
Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers. No one had ever heard of it or the author when i brought it to the club because i was just crazy about it. Kent harufs novel, our souls at night, tells the tale of the unlikely love found when addie moore proposes that her neighbor, louis waters, sleeps in the same bed as her because the nights are lonely. My immediate reaction, though, right after finishing the final pages, is just this. The book club previously first tuesday book club is abc tvs nationally televised book club that gathers together australian booklovers. Both are widowed addie is 70, louis about the same and. The book club s final episode aired on abc and iview on tuesday 19 december. And then there was the day when addie moore made a call on louis waters. I read our souls at night in one sitting and wept in the final pages. If you liked the netflix movie of our souls at night. The cadence of this book is soft and gentle, filled with shy emotion, as tentative as a young persons first kisstimeless in its beauty.
I am reading this now for our book club which is meeting 92817. Meets in the marie chartier community room the first wednesday of the month, 1. They lived a block apart on cedar street in the oldest part of town with elm trees and hackberry and a single maple grown up along the curb and green lawns running back from the sidewalk to the two. Our souls at night is a best book club book for discussion set in holt, colorado, a beautiful story of second chances between two people who have lost their spouses.
Ana is the daughter of matthias, head scribe to herod antipas, tetrarch of galilee. With robert redford, judy greer, jane fonda, bruce dern. This book really swept me up and moved me, and id like to page through it for a while longer before i return it to the library. Each episode is hosted by jennifer byrne, with regular panellists marieke hardy and jason steger, as well as a revolving panel of special guests. The book club previously first tuesday book club was abc tvs nationally televised book club for eleven years from 2006 2017. Kent haruf wrote our souls at night under a death sentence. The book clubs jennifer byrne shares her most memorable novels. I fell in love with this book from page one, the first sentence and then the perfect description of. The idea for the book has been floating around in my mind for quite a while. Knopf publishing, gary fisketjon, visits the post for a special interview with book world editor, ron charles. Our souls at night was published in 2015 and is now in the process of being adapted for the screen, starring robert redford and jane fonda. Kent haruf uses simple language to tell the story and the writing is perfection. 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 confidences and memories. Recommending new books each month to spark lively conversation.
In his final work, the plainsong novelist, who died last year, returns to colorado one last time. Based on the bestselling novel written by kent haruf and adapted for the screen by scott neustadter and michael h. Mostly fiction book club pikes peak library district. For more information, contact our childrens department at 860 7795383 ext. Thats two book kisses this season, larose and our souls at night. The old lady was waiting, sitting in a chair on the porch. Our souls at night is a 2017 american romantic drama film directed by ritesh batra and written by scott neustadter and michael h.
Our souls at night is lovely, and should not be missed. In our souls at night, he tells the story of addie and louis, and their lives. Set in the fictional town of holt, colorado, netflixs newest original film our souls at night is an adaptation of colorado native kent harufs novel. She demonstrates an exceptional aptitude for writing, and matthias, for a time, indulges her with reed pens, papyri, and other 16 c.
They all love that this is a book about the inner life of the elderly. Copies of book selection are available for checkout at the adult information desk. Book beginnings is hosted every friday by rose city reader. The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading groups discussion of our souls at night, the. There shall be even more typos, spellos, grammos and just plain wrongos, in this recap because not only will my dyslexia lead us afoul, but a steady stream of tears are making it hard for me to see. Its set, like all his previous novels, in the fictional town of holt, colorado. I ts raining in the morning ahead of the our souls at night screening.
The friends of the library generously fund our book club. This program is for homeschooling families with children of all ages. Posts about first tuesday book club written by robin. The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading groups discussion of our souls at night, the final novel from acclaimed author kent haruf questions and topics for discussion. Our souls at night, his final novel, opens with an evening visit that addie moore. Fonda and redford star as addie moore and louis waters, a widow and widower whove lived next to each other for years.
I picked this book without giving it any thought and it was my first time reading kent haruf, it definitely wont be my last. Now that i know i have, you knowa limited timeit was important to me to try to make good use of that time. It was kent harufs last book and it was published posthumously. Reviews publisher weekly within the first three pages of this gripping and tender novel, addie moore, a 70yearold widow, invites her neighbor, louis waters, to sleep over. Attendance at the meeting was way down, only four gals attended, but we had a spirited discussion over this short, gem of a book. Jennifer byrne, the departing host of abc show the book club. If you liked the netflix movie of our souls at night, try kent harufs book kent harufs book is both fresh and nostalgic.
As harufs life was ending his wife worked with him on our souls at night, typing the book into a computer he wrote on a typewriter and getting it ready for submission. In his final interview, conducted a few days before his death from interstitial lung disease, haruf discussed our souls at night. The first complication is the arrival of addies 6yearold grandson, sent. His ode to love late in life, in this case the stirring romance between a widow and a widower, compellingly captures the halting rhythms and kaleidoscopic moods of old age. It is based on the novel of same name by kent haruf. Our souls at night is beautifully written and has such great meaning. This is my very first book that i have read by kent haruf. Our souls at night is the story of the widower louis waters and the widow addie moore who, in their 70s, begin sleeping in the same bed to combat the loneliness of their situation. When louis comes over for the first time, he knocks on her back door in the name of discretion. Our souls at night sounds as if it should be a noirish plunge into existential darkness of ravaged psyches while bloodhounds balefully howl at the moon. Our souls at night, by kent haruf the new york times.
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. Now that i know i have, you knowa limited timeit was. But that isnt this movie, which is as comforting, lowkey and unfussy as your grandmothers tablecloth. It had its world premiere at the venice film festival on september 1, 2017. Set in the same fictional colorado town as his national book awardnominated plainsong, a town with its fair share of gossips, addie and louis embark on an unlikely friendship, an antidote to the loneliness they most. Our souls at nightbook club discussion yesterday our book club met at my house to discuss kent harufs last book, our souls at night.
Our souls at night has less grit than eventide, with its dickensian views of the lives of the poor, or plainsong, where favorite characters draw relentless spite. Robert redford and jane fonda in our souls at night. His writing is direct and moving, it is simple yet profound. Our souls at night is a best book club book for discussion set in holt, colorado, a beautiful story of second chances between two people who have lost their. There were plenty of reading highlights throughout the season. The first draft book club will discuss kent harufs devastating final book, our souls at night, on wednesday, july 22. But the novel runs, like harufs others, on the dogged insistence that simple elements carry depth, and readers will find much to be grateful. Despite knowing his life was coming to a sooner end than it should, or perhaps because of this, he created a story about finding love in the final chapter. Addie drove her car into the alley behind her neighbor ruths house, got out and went up to the back door.
Editor gary fisketjon discusses our souls at night. Jane fonda and robert redford in our souls at night 2017. The pair have almost no relationship, but that all changes when addie tries to make a connection with her neighbor. Weber the fault in our stars, our souls at night is set in colorado and begins. Join this free book discussion that meets the first tuesday of every month from 1 to 2 p. Toward the end of our souls at night, louis says, i just want to live simply and pay attention to whats happening each day, which probably comes pretty close to what haruf wanted. Our souls at night, his final novel, opens with an evening visit that addie moore pays to her longtime neighbor, louis waters.935 674 1119 968 1424 894 9 158 1228 1205 345 1380 703 59 1242 336 170 1226 1175 763 380 136 353 318 896 1430 298 158 1345 813 801 847 132 335 559 1194 999 934