"Home" by Marilynne Robinson

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Title: Home
Author: Marilynne Robinson
Start Date: 1/16/16
End Date: 1/29/16
# of Pages: 336
Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux hardcover (2008)

Favorite Quotes: (1) “There is a saying that to understand is to forgive, but that is in error, so Papa used to say. You must forgive in order to understand. Until you forgive, you defend yourself against the possibility of understanding.” (2) “‘That’s what the family is for,’ he said. ‘Calvin says it is the Providence of God that we look after those nearest to us. So it is the will of God that we help our brothers, and it is equally the will of God that we accept their help and receive the blessing of it. As if it came from the Lord Himself.’”

Why I Chose It: I read Robinson’s “Gilead” last year and it amazed me. “Home” is the follow up, the second of three books.

Other Notes: I’ve mulled over what to say here since the first day I started reading the book. Do I admit that it made me weep at several points? Does that come off as trite, or insincere? When I say weep, I don’t necessarily mean physical tears, but the deep, wrenching emotion that requests such a response. This is a book I want my friends to read (after reading “Gilead” of course) so we can sit together and marvel at the masterful use of language which so clearly communicates the uncertainty, pain, confusion, loneness, frustration, and heartbreak of the main character, and the complex concepts of love, despair, family, and home. By itself, “Home” is a moving, emotional story, but paired with the backdrop of “Gilead” (which tells the same events from another character’s point of view), it becomes a tapestry expertly woven - I’ve never experienced a story that so clearly shows the strengths and shortcomings of the characters, while revealing their isolation from others’ perspectives.

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