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gopherprairieexile has commented on (6) products.

Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Lila

gopherprairieexile, October 21, 2014

I believe we are all spiritual beings temporarily occupying (dare I say, being held captive by?)a body, and Marilynne Robinson is the embodiment of that concept brought to its highest possible level. Gilead is a life-altering book if you're paying attention at all, and with Home and now with Lila, Robinson is piecing on to that story, and creating a humble world of decency, thought, acceptance, kindness, depth, intelligence, everything that is missing from a society where people actually have to be told not to text while driving, and still do it anyway. In Home, we learn the story of a character discussed in Gilead but from only one perspective. In Lila, we learn about a character from Gilead who we really didn't know at all. Robinson shows us that each person's story is a novel to be told, even if they only make a modest appearance in someone else's story. If you've read Gilead and then Home and are wondering whether Lila is worth it, wonder no more. If you haven't read these books, what are you waiting for? And don't tell me idk!
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Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
Waging Heavy Peace

gopherprairieexile, January 14, 2013

Neil redefines stream of consciousness, but he's redefined so much in his life and career, why not? I do have to admit that sometimes, his penchant for repeating himself got on my nerves, but when you experience a person worth knowing, in person or through his or her expression, whatever that expression may be, something is going to get on your nerves. The question is: is this person worth it? Does the good far outweigh the bad? In this case, of course. This is Neil Young. What a pleasure it was for me to read a book by one of my most cherished musicians which wasn't mostly a catalogue of devastating drug addiction, didn't treat every encounter with every woman over a fifty year period as if it had the significance of the invention of the wheel, or mention the size of Mick Jagger's penis. (I'm looking at you Keith and Pete.) Let me share one quote with you: "Am I too cosmic about this? I think not, my friend. Do not doubt me in my sincerity, for it is that which has brought us to each other now." Would add ten years to my life if I could have coffee with this man.
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The Tenth Moon 1st Edition by Dawn Powell
The Tenth Moon 1st Edition

gopherprairieexile, August 22, 2012

When I read New York Diaries, some of Dawn Powell's entries were included and I liked what she had to say and how she said it so much, I started reading her. It's always a gift to discover a new-to-you author. I also think it's important to note that, not only will I not get to read this book because it's a first edition collector's item with a thousand dollar pricetag, but Dawn Powell was buried in Potter's Field. A little perspective.
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Canada by Richard Ford
Canada

gopherprairieexile, August 4, 2012

People will debate for hours what this book is really about, and not because it's some cryptic, obtuse, full of itself self indulgence, it's just that you can look at it in so many different ways; I hated having to put it down between reading sessions. It's a hardcover worth schlepping around, which, to my mind, is the fastest praise you can give to any book.
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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Gilead

gopherprairieexile, January 1, 2012

A truly spiritual book, and in the pure sense, not in the cheap, distorted marketing/publishing sense. This was the first book I read in 2011 (and its sequel, Home, the second) and it's strange that I should pick them up in January, because by February, all hell broke loose in my life, and how much worse it would have been without the thought this book provoked and the subsequent insight provided.
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