Mr & Mrs James K. Olson
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Now you call it madness but I call it love. Bigamist College of Marin band director outed in Reno divorce
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Apr 5, 2010Book Review: Mr & Mrs James K. Olson Take A Bow Gentleman Jim Olson -- You’ve Earned It -- The Only Side They Were On Was On Top Of Each Other. Looking for a guidebook to marriage? Don’t Panic as Mr & Mrs James K. Olson is The Lover’s Guide to Marriage. It is not for the faint of heart. There is poignancy in totally mad love. Amour fou, when love is not madness it is not love, or saudade, a class of happiness and sadness at the same time. It’s all the same feelings. Regardless of their familiar differences, pettiness and misunderstandings, these two adults in Mr & Mrs James K. Olson have developed and accepted a deep need in their love for each other. That is what Mr & Mrs James K. Olson is about. Jim and Morgan are two people that meet, fall in love, marry, mature as individuals and as a couple, and stay together. Looking for a guidebook to marriage? Do Not Panic as Mr & Mrs James K. Olson is The Lover’s Guide to Marriage. Mr & Mrs James K. Olson is a rare... More > novel in many ways. First, it’s about marriage. Second, it is an honest look at marriage. It is naturalistic of human feelings without ever losing the enchanting and transformative qualities of True Love. There’s just starting out unworldly and idealistic awkward children in adult bodies. Then to varying degrees their marriage is perfect, bleak, ambitious, comic, egocentric, heartbreaking, rife with insecurities, affirmative, in constant need of reassurance, romantic, understandably hurt and angry, eager to push own agenda, tragic, gimlet-eyed, sympathetic, sweet, punishing, and finally totally rewarding. Two lives that initially seemed completely separate are and remain irrevocably connected. That connection magically changes them in fiercely pleasurable ways neither ever expected. Third, it’s all framed in ample romance. Mr & Mrs James K. Olson has a charming direct refusal to shortchange passion and emotion. That is the strength of the structure of this novel. Mr & Mrs James K. Olson’s an empathetic means at its heart. The romance adds to the moral stature of the novel by making the usual husband and wife caricature increasingly human. Lovers that marry find themselves in wildly unlikely, yet completely believable drama. Drama ridiculous enough to define the word. Lovers that marry uncover mania where others wouldn’t even dare to look. Fourth, it’s about an interesting and good couple familiar to all of us. Their life-changing journey is sometimes painful as they move from naiveté into experience. Mr & Mrs James K. Olson manages to reach emotions in its characters as well as its readers relating to its characters. Fifth, the cosmopolitan keen exposes by the author, who brings considerable virtues to telling his tales, makes Mr & Mrs James K. Olson a detective’s novel. Mr & Mrs James K. Olson is a compelling accomplished work that knows exactly what it wants to do and then does it. In emotionally moving detail. Jim and Morgan Olson aren’t fooling anyone. It’s obvious they are deeply in love. For these two besotted lovers who have many times proven they will do anything for their love, their divorce is MAD, mutually assured destruction. That’s a zero sum game. For they to win there is only one way – not to divorce. The Marry Man film made that point crystal clear. Sixth, the author’s capture of believable emotions. The touching emotions Mr & Mrs James K. Olson evoke are linked directly to the reader’s secret life. It forces one to acknowledge not only how complicated our own lives are, but also how easy it is to be self-centered and miss to our detriment those complications in everyone else’s lives. Seventh, the author’s suggestion for a Jerry Goldsmith like soundtrack with trumpet motif is perfect for the mood of this novel. Eight, these characters simply live their lives albeit increasingly intimately and irrevocably intertwined with each other. These characters are charming, disarming, thoughtful, adroit in structure, melancholic, and insightful to the lawlessness of their heart. Nine, Mr & Mrs James K. Olson is Don’t Panic, The Lover’s Guide to Marriage. The exploration of this novel is a revelation. It shows how one does eventually get to forgiveness in marriage, how to handle the unexpected detours, let go of grudges, and examine never finished emotional business. Ten, the adult passion. Moreover, what people will do and risk for an ideal, or passion for another. Eleven, Mr & Mrs James K. Olson is pure sophisticated adult reading. It’s an adult classic. It shows its integrity. It’s an honest mature look at two people in love, and what it takes for them to stay together. It’s accurate about people’s need for meaningful passionate connections with each other. Mr & Mrs James K. Olson manages the impressive feat of believing wholeheartedly in love and marriage without checking its mind at the door. Adult romantics will revel in their good fortune when they read Mr & Mrs James K. Olson. Twelve, it’s not a surprise that gestures get as much attention in Mr & Mrs James K. Olson as dialog. Their gestures and dialog are unfairly, and too frequently, misinterpreted by these too often befuddled lovers. When that happens, the result is this manic, antic storytelling about Jim and Morgan Olson. It’s fast pacing, plot twists, endless complications, intricate plotting, recriminations, redemption, vendettas, rehabilitation, and best and worst case scenarios. That guarantees energy and inventiveness would never flag for staying together in love. Thirteen, given all this, more of the many surprises with this novel was the impressive indeed excellence of the casting and acting. Big-boned charmingly off-the-cuff Jim brings classic male appeal, earthy sensuality, raw, primal and down-to-earth passion to his high maintenance younger high-strung talented sensual intelligent classy sassy trophy wife. Manly Jim’s got his hands full with that lively girly-girl. Morgan is very human, very fallible, a mature sophisticated house-proud woman holding her own in what she wants, how she wants it and how she gets it. She finally etches her marriage with Jim with sane sensible smart compassion, maturity, humor, and strength. Needy, sentimental, good-hearted Jim Olson somehow often becomes a bit of an unguided missile himself when he keeps misunderstanding. The same thing. To his credit, he does keep going back and again making an honest woman of Morgan. Take a bow Gentleman Jim Olson -- you’ve earned it. Though Gentleman Jim Olson nicely pulls his reconciliation off each time, it is just a bit much how often this poor insecure because he’s a love-besotted guy makes the same mistake. Their emotionally potent world is everything to them individually and as a couple. It’s underlying trust, love and control completely exposes the texture, complexity and risks when you leave yourself open to intimacy, and how unsettling that can be. Yet, reading Mr & Mrs James K. Olson puts you in a marriage so delicious you never want it to end. I think it’s due solely to the inspired casting of Morgan against Jim. That gave a special grace to the primal raw tension in the exquisite nuances in Jim and Morgan In Love. Fourteen, confident and completely involving, Mr & Mrs James K. Olson is an affirmation for marriage. It shows our weaknesses in the roadblocks and problems we bring in to marriage. It shows our common shortcomings in our self-indulgence, bias, vanity, misguided values, impetuosity, betrayal, thoughtlessness, and disloyalty. It shows how marriage stretches our perceptions as well as our tempers, tolerance and finally blows our minds into other ways of thinking when we really want this marriage to work. The humor and pain in Mr & Mrs James K. Olson ever reverberates and balances without tipping over. Fifteen, Mr & Mrs James K. Olson neither complains nor explains marriage. It simply puts on display this husband and wife and their various and on-going attempts to make their marriage work. Then it dares any mature reader to be indifferent to it. For a mature adult, reading it is an intense experience. Sixteen, the writer built on his own experiences when he then skillfully added his romantic touch with Buzzby Berkby style given the nature of the material. By doing that, he showed us that marital in fighting can be romantic, should be romantic and is romantic more often then not, even in its what might be perceived as darkest moments. The courtship in the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith later echoed Jim and Morgan. Once Mr. & Mrs. Smith knew who the other really was, only then did each completely open them self up to the other. As with Jim and Morgan Olson’s world, in Mr. & Mrs. Smith’s world, their second courtship, the one now without the masks, begins appropriately enough, via a fight. A fight that only the two such top of their game incorrectly thinking they’re on opposite sides can have. Vicious, dirty, traitorous, and deeply hurtful tactics were used. Seventeen, Jim and Morgan Olson really know the only side they were on was on top of each other. So did Mr & Mrs Smith. In spite of logic, reason and expectation, they are overwhelmed with their magnificent love and remember their goal is to stay in love together. Ultimately they are self-reliant partners determined to do what must be done to keep them together. The result is strong and unforgettable waves of feelings. One is emotional truth is a quality but not necessarily verbal or written truth. Another is having a sensual lifestyle pass for a day of work is a good idea. The result was Jim and Morgan Olson; two good people with lawlessness in their hearts were growing over nineteen years in maturity and mutual acceptance of their desire for each other. They end up liking themselves and each other more enough to maintain their determination to keep their relationship together. They have a funny and charming emotional heft they never lose for dealing with painful situations. And it all works. With rueful sensitivity to how quietly and not so quietly ridiculous love can be, their relationship survives and works in spite of everything. Each is just desperate enough to hang onto the good life with each other to find the strength to manage it. Who can resist all that in one novel? Lovers that marry suddenly speak the same language only in theory. This likeable lovelorn couple’s struggles just to communicate enough to stay together are as powerful as their love is wanton sensuality. Their story is potent, engrossing and thrilling to experience. Getting to the finale, the realization in both is that just because someone doesn’t always love us the way we wish them to doesn’t mean they don’t love us the best they can and with all they have. And that provides needed cover for a multitude of sins. That cover always paves the way into redemption, rehabilitation and reconciliation. Inevitably, given their determination to stay together through the emotional torment of having to deal with bemused wackiness and troublesome actions against them by their beloved lover other, everything simmered down to a coming of age teasing similar in Two for the Road: He to her: Bitch She to him: Bastard That is not for the faint of heart. It is a polished combination of mature tension and adult bittersweet humor that is graciously sophisticated, throbbing sensual and bitingly funny. Here, marriage is the journey, not the destination. “Are you finally back? . . . please be back . . .” What becomes most a marriage so delicious you never want it to end is quite simply determination. The point is to stay together, married, during marriage’s inevitable changes. Mr & Mrs James K. Olson is not about to argue that point.< Less
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