Wyma, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by Wyma)
When I began Home, I thought it might be boring: a spinster reluctantly returns to take care of her minister father; the neer-do-well brother makes a surprise visit. But these people won me over. I watched the sister, Glory, grow from childish jealousy and resentment of Jack to loving him as she did when they were children and trying to help him. Jack is like an animal who runs when you touch him. He pokes at others, but will not let them get too close. Yet, he is here, at home, and he works to prove his worthiness. There is much discussion of God, faith, goodness, and love among Jack, his father, and his father's best friend and fellow retired minister, John Ames. The resolution of their lives is not altogether happy, but it is good. After listening to Home, I turned to Gilead, Robinson's earlier book. What a lovely discovery that Gilead told the same story from the point of view of Ames. It is much more introspective, and is a revelation of much that went on below the surface of Home. It might have been instructive to read the books in the order they were written. But, I think sometimes ignorance allows a happy accident: it was such a vital experience hearing the books in reverse order that I'm glad I didn't know better.
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P R, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by P R)
Reading this book, like all Marilyn Robinson's books, is like drinking a fine wine- let the words linger on your palette and savor the nuances. The depth of her characters imbued with the richness of her prose creates a heady bouquet that lingers in your dreams.
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by Nathan W.,
Where Gilead was an introspective masterpiece of reflection and contemplation, Home is a refreshingly honest portrait of familial relationships over time. Robinson carefully breathes life into these characters with each passing sentence, until by the end of the book you are completely immersed in the Boughton family's travails, and in love with every single one of them. Here is one family you'll never forget, written by an author who somehow manages (amazingly) to get better with each book.
by Nathan W.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead pens a moving and healing book about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations.
Hailed as incandescent, magnificent, and a literary miracle (Entertainment Weekly), hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled by Marilynne Robinson's Gilead.
Now Robinson returns with a brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead. The Reverend Boughton's hell-raising son, Jack, has come home after twenty years away. Artful and devious in his youth, now an alcoholic carrying two decades worth of secrets, he is perpetually at odds with his traditionalist father, though he remains his most beloved child. As Jack tries to make peace with his father, he begins to forge an intense bond with his sister Glory, herself returning home with a broken heart and turbulent past. Home is a luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors.
A New York Times Bestseller
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
One of Americas most acclaimed authors, Marilynne Robinson, revisits the characters from her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, in this "impossibly rich and beautiful new novel" (San Francisco Chronicle)
Glory Boughton, aged thirty-eight, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father, Reverend Robert Boughton. Soon her brother, Jack--the prodigal son of the family, gone for twenty years--comes home too, looking for refuge, and to make peace with his turbulent past. When he was a child he gained a reputation as artful and devious; as a young man he brought continual shame to the family; and now, an alcoholic who cannot hold a job, he is perpetually at odds with his surroundings and with his traditionalist father--though he remains Boughton's most beloved child. Jack forges an intense bond with Glory and engages painfully with Ames, his godfather and namesake, and the narrator of Robinsons previous novel Gilead.
Home is a moving and healing book about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations, about love and death and faith.
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