Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned becomes a redeeming and surprising journeyEverywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self discovery.
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If nothing else, read this book for the language White Oleander reads like a poem It s so beautifully crafted.
Well, what was I supposed to rate it I did work awfully hard on W.O still like it Sad to think Oprah s book club is all over, it was quite an experience.
Dark, depressing, disturbing, and so beautiful When the author described the August summer heat I felt it, like hot breath on my neck I fell in love with Ingrid and her beauty and ideas of the world Then I became Astrid, and I felt how much she loved her and how bad it hurt to also hate her, but hate Ingrid I did I would walk away from long reading sessions feeling hardened and detached It s not an easy read, but I find literature that can make me feel so strongly well deserving of praise The wo [...]
This is Astrid s story.We meet her first when she is twelve and in Ingrid s her mother care.Ingrid is a woman of such rare, unearthly beauty as to be most likely found in dreams.Fitch describes her through Astrid s eyes, gradually, poetically, using very sparse language, as the story unfolds, with words that sing, the pages glistening with the image reflected from her eyes.The Santa Anas blew in hot from the desert, shrivelling the last of the spring grass into whiskers of pale straw Only the ol [...]
I have many thoughts that I m having trouble putting into words Before reading the final chapter of the book, I had to put it down, lean my head back against the couch and think about the experience I ve had while reading this book Astrid s journey, her development from girl to woman, is remarkably crafted Fitch s writing paints the arid desert and mountain brush in such fine detail Atmospherically, this story was superb I was totally immersed in the story, in the physical spaces that Astrid inh [...]
this is a horrifying book, not necessarily for the story s content which IS horrifying , but for it s plot, execution, characterization, and particularly its overcooked writing some observations 1 astrid the novel s protagonist, a fourteen year old girl, is a thoroughly contradictory character some people have written that astrid is not your average teenage girl and that she is gifted if she were such a girl, i would expect much of her i m not a psychologist nor have i ever been shot, but i sus [...]
There must be a reason why I ve been able to recall many of the books I ve read over the years, but that it took me until one of my most restless and procrastibatory nights in front of the blank Word doc to dredge this one up from the recesses of memory, even though I read it within the past year or two.I m pretty sure I know what that reason is, too it s because on some level I m embarrassed that I read this book, and that I actually really liked it.I m pretty sure I know where that embarrassme [...]
Onvan White Oleander Nevisande Janet Fitch ISBN 316182540 ISBN13 9780316182546 Dar 446 Safhe Saal e Chap 1999
Wow, this is a BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECE and an intelligent and heartbreaking, true and honest story When I was about 100 pages into the book, I already knew that this was going to be a new favourite of mine Now that I ve finished it, I can honestly say that this is one of the most raw books I ve ever read What strikes me the most about this story is the impeccable writing style The main character, Astrid, tells the story in a very impressionistic way and it was beautiful Janet Fitch has a way of co [...]
This is some of the most beautiful writing I ve ever encountered It reminds me a little bit of Women Who Run With the Wolves Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype It s language is deep and satisfying The mother daughter relationship told in an almost mythical way Loved it
Gritted my teeth to get through this and see what happened The story itself is interesting, but the writing was so fussy and melodramatically overwrought that I wanted to toss the book away Kept going only because I wanted to understand people s strong response to it.
My aunt bought me this book for Christmas one year and at first I was really disappointed I thought Oh, that s nice because I like to read you just got me the Oprah book club book of the month thanks But then I read it, and I m now convinced that my aunt knows me better than maybe many of my close friends or better than I know myself Not to be all cheesy and over identify with something that isn t about me but this book REALLY hit home for me in describing my relationship with my mother This sto [...]
I had heard previously how good bad this book is Most people have been powerfully affected by it They either really liked it or really disliked it After reading it, I could see how it could sway you in either ways You could either take the story at face value and be swayed by it, as I did, or you could critically analyze it and call upon its credibility.My opinionJanet Fitch writes White Oleander in a very eloquent style Poetic writing is not some thing I enjoy usually since I m pathetic in poet [...]
It took me forever to sit down and write this review I never wait this long after finishing a book to post some sort of review I ve just given up and realized it s impossible for me to do justice to the book It s a full 5 star rating from me, though not yet on my favorites shelf, maybe because the ending seemed a bit truncated rushed to me I wanted to know a bit .This one wrecked me, it wiped me out, it was gut wrenching I loved it It s my kind of book Thanks to GR friend Caroline for periodical [...]
What exquisite writing, never have I read a book that speaks so beautifully but also describes pain so acutely Astrid becomes a ward of the state after her mother commits a crime of passion and is imprisoned Although her mother is behind bars, Astrid cannot shake her mother s deep hold on her Her mother, beautiful Nordic Ingrid Magnussen A true seductress a woman who can weave a web of destruction with her beauty, poetry and words, people fall in love with her, men in particular, she is dangerou [...]
I can t forget her story It s like a precise etching tatooed on the center of my brain Her pain is my pain, her fears are my fears, her lifes mine I take every word from her illustrated existance, using it as my own bible to crawl through this enraged wilderness where the grass is made of needles, the trees are crawling with serpants, and the water is too tanged to drink I taste the saltiness of her tears as they stream down her face, burning, leaving behind scars of inevitable pain I feel every [...]
White Oleander packs a powerful punch to your emotional psyche Almost as soon as I started this book, I was swept away by the writing Astrid Magnussan just a beautiful wisp of a newly minted teenager watches as her mom spirals downward and loses control, ending up in prison Astrid finds herself in Foster care and the story takes us on the path that soon defines Astrid s life Home after home, fancy prostitues, starvation, to suicidal thoughts This book does not shy away from the dark and gritty p [...]
Exquisite, provocative, melodious novel spun by author Janet Fitch, artistic with the English language White Oleander is an epoch pastoral poem in the guise of a novel, a Romantic s dream, a Metaphysical masterpiece and yet underneath the beauty of language lies a gritty, edgy story of pain, lost hope, longing, desire and need it is a journey of redemption often meeting with despair, broken glass and scars it is a voyage of self discovery and quintessential decisions that leave the reader unsett [...]
This is my all time favorite book I love the character Astrid, and enjoyed seeing her played by Alison Lohman in the movie I wish there were books like this one.
I only wish there were a star less than one I wish I could remove stars I wish there were a star deficit rating.This book almost made me give up reading all together It is definitely the last book I trusted from Oprah I still think she owes me money and those days of my life back It was page after page of the most depressing writing I ve ever read with absolutely no pay off.
Due in part, perhaps, to the influx of unfortunate teenage girl novels in the mid to late nineties I think here of books like _She s Come Undone_ and _The Virgin Suicides_ , I avoided Fitch s book for a while the Oprah s Book Club stigma also contributed And while the story line did manage to keep me up and at it until 2 am last night, I must say I m unconvinced Also, spoilers I don t review books to keep them a secret from people who haven t read them I review them to share my opinions with peo [...]
I am normally exceedingly wary of anything that Oprah puts her mark on and avoid it like the plague However, after years of being recommended this book by many people who s opinions on such things I respect I finally pulled it off the bookshelf Let me be the first to tell you I have never been appreciative of my friends This book was phenomenal Following the trials and tribulations of one Astrid Magnusson, the book takes you first from her idyllic life with her poet ice queen mother, Ingrid, to [...]
Edit re read March 2013One of the best books I ve ever readill In factThe writing is very descriptive, lyrical and poetic The metaphors and there are a lot are spot on perfect I highlighted s o o o many passages, and they hit me every time I re read them The story itself is dark and often depressing in the examination of a young girl s relationship with her disturbed mother, and her subsequent journey through the foster care system And though her mother is cruel, I swear she has some of the best [...]
White Oleander is a very unique and amazing piece of literature The novel is beautifully written with a passionate and enthralling plot and incredibly vivid descriptions which make it easy for the reader to visualise every person and place Astrid encounters I was overwhelmed and deeply touched by Janet Fitch s wonderful prose, the intensity of her descriptions, and the incredible insight into each of her characters I adored the protagonist, Astrid I cried with her, sobbed with her and laughed wi [...]
White Oleander follows the story of Astrid, a young girl who is shuttled from one foster home to another while her mother serves a life sentence in prison.I m reading this for the second time, and it remains one of my favourite books ever It is as beautiful and dreamy as it is bleak and raw The Los Angeles setting is gorgeous, blissful, and yet terribly unforgiving I was so totally immersed in this story from start to finish, and I would think about it longingly when I was off doing other things [...]
Janet Fitch has an amazing gift for writing novels centered around protagonists that are flawed and scarred, while at the same time making her audience identify with and even love these characters because of their imperfections Take Astrid, the main character of White Oleander At the beginning of the story, Astrid s mother goes to jail for poisoning an ex boyfriend and Astrid is placed in a series of foster homes During the course of the story, Astrid sleeps with her foster father at age thirtee [...]
A work of art of a novel with complex characters Slow paced at times but I was never bored I love how the author wasn t afraid to show Ingrid s dark side and not shy away from it or to show Astrid in different lights Not a novel for everyone I didn t expect to love it but I highly recommend trying it.
Gripping from the beginning to the end, White Oleander is destined to become a classic and there are definitely none like it out there.
After hearing so much about this Oprah acclaimed book, I finally sat down to read it The plot had some major potential and I was getting really interested, right when the protagonist landed in a horrible foster home where she began an illicit affair with her foster mom s 40 year old boyfriend did i mention the main character is about 14 The author vividly describes the sexual details of this relationship, as well as the mom and boyfriend s bedroom behaviors If that wasn t enough, the day that th [...]
One of the most beautiful writing styles I have come across White Oleander is truthful It does not hold back nor censor the events of young Astrid s life A broken mother, a poet, an aesthete who cannot overcome her passions A child pushed into an adult life, a man s world Feminism, survivalism, religion Family A plethora of captivating themes and allusions I felt as if I d become Astrid herself Janet Fitch has written a work of art Re read this for a writing project Still brilliant, still my fav [...]