Robinson, Marilynne

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town "chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.
Publisher: New York : Picador, [2004], c1980.
Edition: 1st Picador ed.
ISBN: 9780312424091
Characteristics: 219 p. ;,21 cm.


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Feb 10, 2015

there is a CD audio at VPL
"no alternate formats" ?

Jan 27, 2015
  • MargaretMori rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Each word she chooses to use, each thought, feeling, sensation is the essence of perfection. Each time I read this, I find more symbolism & meaning. It is a tribute to the early pioneers & the West. It is a tribute to females who chose & choose original thought, independence, atypical lifestyles in search of their own position in our world. It is a tribute to all the splendor that can be found in a life spent alone rather than a life spent following convention & superficial, artificial constraints.
It is something to be cherished & savored.

Nov 12, 2014
  • moonshine7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

she weaves a beautiful story with very memorable imagery.

Feb 02, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Marilynne Robinson's debut novel, which the NYT called one of the best novels of the past 3 decades. I prefer her second, the Pulitzer prize winning "Gilead." This reminded me a bit of Willa Cather's books, especially "O Pioneers" and "My Antonia."

Oct 31, 2013
  • lizapierce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply put: Marilynne Robinson is a genius, and I would do just about anything to be able to put a sentence together the way she does.

Mar 05, 2011
  • jalyth rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It's hauntingly beautiful. Simple as that.


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