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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    Home; great to read with Gilead

    Home involves the same characters as Robinson's excellent-and superior-Gilead, narrating events from the perspective of Glory Boughton as she tries to manage her ailing minister father and her mysterious prodigal brother Jack who hasn't been home in decades. He's wrestling with his demons of drink, crime and awkward conversation. Most of Home is composed of those conversations: the stuttering between generations, siblings and lovers. Glory has a fiance in her past who sent her hundreds of letters. Jack awaits a letter from his estranged wife in Memphis. The ambivalence of communication, the uncertainty of forgiveness (everyone apologizes, but few signs of grace) and being exiled from one's 'home' complement the existential themes of Gilead. The book suffers from odd dialogue--Rev Boughton sounds like Grandpa Abe Simpson--and our frustration with self-hating Jack. The most moving scenes occur toward the end and are enhanced by events that one only knows from reading Gilead. Read both!

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

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    Well written, beautifully told, and amazing characters

    I struggle to find the words appropriate to priase this book. It, along with its companion, Gilead, are two of the finest books I have read. The prose is gorgeous. I found myself slowing down to make sure I could soak in every word and phrase. It took my longer to read this than most books I have read of similar length because I regularly read and re-read several passages so that I fully appreciated the beauty of the words. I hated for either of them to end.

    The two books combined illustrate the falibility and perfection of human nature and the illusion that perception does in fact equal reality.

    I have two wishes; that I could start over and read these both for the first time all over again and that Marilynne Robinson had written more books for me to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

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    Home - Another Treat from Robinson

    If you enjoyed Robinson's previous books, you will like this one also. Reading Home is for savoring each page - basking in her beautiful language, contemplating her ideas. Thank goodness it is NOT a page turner because I wanted it to never end!

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