I’m a sucker for romance. I don’t like the cheesy lovestories, but I do like to read romantic books. So I bought Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf when I was in Bologna, Italy with my mom.
Addie and Louis have been neighbours for years. They both lost their partners, are lonely and getting older by the day. One day, Addie has enough of her loneliness so she decides to visit Louis. She steps into his house and offers him some sort of ‘deal’: to sleep with him a few nights a week. Just talking, being in eachothers company and sleeping. At first, Louis is a little bit in shock by weird offer. But he soon decides to take it, and there the story begins.
Addie and Louis grow closer together very slowly, as little and bigger things happen in their lives. The friendship grows first, and slowly but surely their love for eachother is growing too.
I totally love the writing style from Kent Haruf. His writing, and characters, are very direct. From the first page of the book, you are in the middle of the story. I didn’t have any problems with getting into the book or something, which is a good thing I think.
Addie and Louis aren’t the ‘standard’ lovestory. At first there isn’t any love involved in their relationship. They tell eachother stories about their past, what they are proud of and what they regret.
The writer doesn’t use any quotation marks in the book, something I had to get used to only in the first few pages. I thought it was fun to read a story in this style for once, since I haven’t read a story like this before.
I would totally recommend Our Souls At Night to anyone who likes to read a warm, fun story about two old people finding peace and happiness.
Title: Our Souls At Night
Author: Kent Haruf