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Marilynne Robinson

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Marilynne Robinson's first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her other novels include Mother Country and Lila. Gilead won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award and Home won the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her näytä lisää nonfiction books include When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, and The Death of Adam. She was the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama. She received the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2016. She has been named the winner of the Richard C Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award as part of the 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She was included on Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän


Tekijän teokset

Gilead (2004) 10,913 kappaletta, 363 arvostelua
Talonhaltijat (1980) — Tekijä — 6,431 kappaletta, 216 arvostelua
Kotiin (2008) 3,849 kappaletta, 149 arvostelua
Lila (2014) 2,566 kappaletta, 113 arvostelua
Jack (2020) 871 kappaletta, 37 arvostelua
When I Was a Child I Read Books (2012) 781 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (1998) 620 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
The Givenness of Things: Essays (2015) 517 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
What Are We Doing Here? Essays (2018) 360 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
Reading Genesis (2024) 115 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Mother Country (1989) 67 kappaletta
Ei otsikkoa 2 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu

Associated Works

Ääni ja vimma (1929) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset17,473 kappaletta, 224 arvostelua
Herääminen (1899) — Johdanto, eräät painokset9,277 kappaletta, 178 arvostelua
The Awakening and Selected Short Stories {9 stories} (1899) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,141 kappaletta, 14 arvostelua
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Avustaja — 631 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Best American Essays 2007 (2007) — Avustaja — 474 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process (2017) — Avustaja — 143 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World (2007) — Avustaja — 125 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 (2016) — Avustaja — 109 kappaletta
Granta 15: The Fall of Saigon (1985) — Avustaja — 97 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Granta Book of Reportage (Classics of Reportage) (1993) — Avustaja — 94 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Virago Book of Wanderlust and Dreams (1998) — Avustaja — 36 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Best Spiritual Writing 2012 (2011) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The New Salmagundi Reader (1996) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta

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Gilead, Someone explain it to me... (heinäkuu 2014)


Summary: Marilynne Robinson’s interpretation of Genesis, exploring the problem of evil in the world and the goodness of God.

“The Bible is a theodicy, a meditation on the problem of evil. This being true, it must take account of things as they are. It must acknowledge in a meaningful way the darkest aspects of the reality we experience, and it must reconcile them with the goodness of God and of Being itself against which this darkness stands out so sharply.”

Novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson offers in these opening lines not only her perspective on the Bible but the central themes of her reading of Genesis. Though theologically astute, she does not approach Genesis as a theologian but as a coherent narrative–a story. She’s not interested in controversies over creation or flood but in what they reveal of the God of the Bible. Nor is she interested in the efforts of critical scholarship to dissect the book into its component sources. Rather, she offers a reading that considers Genesis as a whole book within our Bibles.

She’s not put off by other ancient creation and flood narratives. Instead she highlights the distinctives of the Genesis narrative. Among those distinctives is the reticence to speak of God’s activity prior to creation. Also, we see the goodness of the creation and the elevated status of humanity. Likewise, the flood is not a story of utter obliteration but of severe mercy in which God recognizes both Noah’s righteousness and what he has made.

Robinson traces the story of human evil throughout Genesis: the fall, the murder of Cain. The boasts of Lamech. The hubris of Babel. Even in the story of Abraham and his descendants, Genesis narrates flawed human beings. Abraham passes off his wife as his sister, sends Hagar and her son into the wilderness. Isaac and Rebecca play favorites with their sons. Jacob practices deception. And Joseph seizes the land of the Egyptians while giving his family choice land in Goshen (an observation by Robinson I’ve not seen elsewhere).

Robinson notes the singular lack of an effort to sanitize this history. It’s “unsanitary” nature is the basis on which she argues the grace of God. God protects Cain rather than kills him. Despite Abraham’s failures, God makes extravagant promises that Abraham believes and God hears Hagar, and makes of her son a great nation as well.

And the family begins to imitate the mercies and generosity of God. Jacob recognizes the justice of his brother’s grievance and seeks to make what amends he cause, and the brothers embrace. A cautious rapprochement to be sure but better than the threatened vengeance. And the brother with the greatest cause for vengeance most freely forgives. Joseph offers home and help (after testing) to brothers who sold him into slavery.

I was most interested in the episode of the binding of Isaac. Robinson focuses on the episode’s clear ban on child sacrifice, in contrast to the surrounding nations. I appreciate that she notes the parallels with the sending of Hagar and Ishmael into the wilderness. Yet I wonder, as does Richard Middleton, how well does Abraham do on the test. He obeys implicitly. But might God have wanted more from “the father of nations”? Why does Abraham not intercede, as he did for his nephew Lot and evil Sodom? Why doesn’t he say, “take me instead of your son, that your promise might be fulfilled in him”? Nor does Robinson explore the consequences for Isaac, for the relationship between him and his father (they live apart afterward) and for Sarah. As a storyteller, I found her discussion of this incident incomplete at best.

That said, the book is an invitation for us to read Genesis with Robinson. Marilynne Robinson’s interpretation of Genesis, interesting as it is, is not as important as encountering the story for ourselves. To help with that, the book includes the text of the King James Version (KJV) of Genesis. I don’t know the reason for this choice of version other than the stateliness of the language and the fact that the KJV is in the public domain. For most readers new to this text, I would recommend reading it in a contemporary translation, perhaps the New Revised Standard Version or the New International Version.

Regardless, rather than arguing about the science or versions or historicity of the book, Robinson invites us to explore this story, of God’s dealings with humanity at their occasional best and more typically worst. Instead of remaining aloof, God wades into the mess, laying the groundwork for redemption.

[One minor quibble. The cover design makes it difficult to read the title and author of the book either on physical copies or with digital images like that above. My bookseller searched and searched the section where the book was supposed to be before finally locating it.]
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BobonBooks | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 16, 2024 |
The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations. - from the publisher… (lisätietoja)
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PendleHillLibrary | 9 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 18, 2024 |
This is a captivating book that takes you back to the great depression. I enjoyed reading about Lila who grew up a nomad without a real family. Seeing the world through her eyes was so interesting. I grew up in the Midwest and it's easy to see the picture Marilynne paints of customer cutters and families asking for work each day pulling weeds, picking apples, or doing practically anything to eat. You get transported to a different era.
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AnnieEklov | 112 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 16, 2024 |
Housekeeping is one of the most lyrical and gorgeously written novels I've read. Forty years ago when the book first came out, I read it as a tale of a vagabond woman, or the virtues of wandering, but the tragedy and grief is stronger in my appreciation of the story now. Evocative of the Northern Idaho countryside and Lake Pend Oreille, the location is as much a character as are the orphaned sisters, Ruth and Lucille. Their Aunt Sylvie makes this a story of transience as much as about keeping a house or a soul in place. One of my top favorites.… (lisätietoja)
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featherbooks | 215 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 7, 2024 |


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