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Home (2008)

de Marilynne Robinson

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Sèrie: Gilead (2)

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Glory Boughton, aged thirty-eight, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack--the prodigal son of the family, gone for twenty years--comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.
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Beautifully constructed, a wonderful, pitch-perfect slice of a particular time and place. I did not love the characters the way I marveled at the characters in Gilead, but the story is heartbreaking and beautiful. ( )
  Susan_Lerner | Apr 2, 2022 |
This is a companion to the author's critically acclaimed novel Gilead. It's basically the same series of events, told from the perspective of another character. It's as if the author loved Gilead so much, she had to write a fan fiction for it :P The narrator Glory, her brother Jack, and their father Reverend Boughton, basically don't ever say what they really think and feel to each other. Everything is said in a polite, roundabout way, or half the time it's just left unsaid. I felt this is extremely unhealthy family dynamics, considering there are important issues that needs to be resolved between father and children. And at the end of the book....none of the family issues got resolved. Father and son had one straightforward talk....or at least they started to have a straightforward talk, but they both quit the conversation after seeing they didn't reach common ground. Then the son left the home for good. I'm not sure if I would have liked the book if I hadn't been a fan of Gilead. There was so much nuances in their family dynamics that was both unproductive and unnecessary. The language of the book is beautiful. The theme of racial tensions shone through here and there, especially at the very end of the book. Another theme of people's complex feelings about "home" also came through, but I didn't really understand so I can't comment much about it. ( )
  CathyChou | Mar 11, 2022 |
This novel is very intimate; it sometimes even reads like a play: everything is so concentrated in both time and place with few characters carefully appraising each other... it would look beautiful on stage.
As a book, however, I found it a bit slow and its religious themes of morality heavy. While I can definitely appreciate it overall, I found it tough to stick it through, wanting a firmer outcome. The ending also had me puzzled. While I had predicted the twist denouement, I had really stopped caring for Jack at that point and wondered if he really deserved all the indulgence he received from his sister and spouse.
I'm happy to have read it but wouldn't necessarily recommend it. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Feb 9, 2022 |
Original review 2/7/18 -- Most of the summaries and reviews of this book seem to bury the predominance of Glory's character, so when I started reading I was happily surprised to find out that the story is told from her perspective. Of course the relationship between Jack and Boughton holds sway over the plot, but it's the figure of Glory, conscientious and tearful, who I really latched onto as the heart of the thing. She embodies the whole Boughton family, both reverent and confused by religion, solitary and family-oriented, diligent and resentful. Both she and Jack are in different ways the prodigal child coming home, and both she and her father are trying to be the forgiving arms welcoming a family member back into the fold. We don't get quite as close to her innermost thoughts as we do with Ames in Gilead or Lila in her book, but Marilynne Robinson really is a master of writing around a character until their full shape becomes perfect and clear. I was especially enamored of the strangest and most intimate moments, like the pancakes at 3am, or Glory staying up with Jack until the bars closed, or Glory's numerous involuntary tears.

Re-read 12/17/20 -- I don't have much more to say that I didn't say above. This is such a beautiful book, and painful. I have Jack on hold at the library-- just checked and I'm 68th in line. I'm kind of nervous to read it, after loving this one and Lila so much. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
Sad that these good people keep talking past and misunderstanding each other. Why are they all so repressed? But typical Robinson insight and delicacy. ( )
  RGilbraith | May 23, 2021 |
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The glories of Gilead - and of Housekeeping, for that matter - have not quite found their way into Home. One reason for this may be Robinson's decision to write in the third person for the first time, thus suppressing one of her great gifts, which is the mix of wryness, wisdom and self-deprecation with which she infused her first two narrators' voices.
afegit per melmore | editaThe Guardian, Sarah Churchwell (Oct 3, 2008)
 
But what remains is Gilead's sense of how character, however unkindly, determines one's fate, which in Home arrives silently but powerfully, like a glacier leaving a raw gash in the landscape. Robinson's output may also be glacial, but the force her words leave in her wake is unmistakable.
afegit per melmore | editaNPR, Lizzie Skurnick (Sep 19, 2008)
 
These ugly facts [of small-town racism] complicate the beauty of “Home,” but the way Robinson embeds them in the novel is part of what makes it so beautiful. It is a book unsparing in its acknowledgment of sin and unstinting in its belief in the possibility of grace. It is at once hard and forgiving, bitter and joyful, fanatical and serene. It is a wild, eccentric, radical work of literature that grows out of the broadest, most fertile, most familiar native literary tradition. What a strange old book it is.
afegit per melmore | editaNew York Times, A. O. Scott (Sep 19, 2008)
 
The Reverend Boughton, is in decline. Glory, the youngest of his eight children, has come home to care for him, and both are grateful and alarmed when Jack, the prodigal son, reappears after an excruciating 20-year absence. Once a charming scoundrel, Jack is now riddled with regrets and despair. As she cares for two broken men struggling toward reconciliation and redemption, Glory is a paragon of patience, a virtue readers also must cultivate as Robinson follows an austere narrative regime, confining the reader to the day-by-day present and the Boughton home. Household chores are infused with metaphysical implications, while what is not said carries more weight than what is spoken. Robinson wrestles with moral dilemmas ordinary and catastrophic, and ponders the mystery of why human beings never feel wholly at home on earth. This is a rigorous, sometimes claustrophobic, yet powerfully spiritual novel of anguish and prayer, wisdom and beauty, penance and hope.
afegit per kthomp25 | editaBooklist, Donna Seaman
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Robinson, Marilynneautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kampmann, EvaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Reed, Maggie-MegNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Vlek, RonaldTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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"Home to stay, Glory! Yes!" her father said, and her heart sank.
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The house embodied for him the general blessedness of his life, which was manifest, really indisputable. And which he never failed to acknowledge, especially when it stood over against particular sorrow. Even more frequently after their mother died he spoke of the house as if it were an old wife, beautiful for every comfort it had offered, ever grace, through all the long years. It was a beauty that would not be apparent to every eye.
”Yes,” the old man said, as he did when memory stirred. “Those were good times.”
No, it's a feeling I have always had, almost since you were a baby. As though there was something you needed from me and I never figured out what it was. … I just never knew another child who didn't feel at home in the house where he was born.
They had always been so careful of him, almost afraid to touch him. There was an aloofness about him more thoroughgoing than modesty or reticence. It was feral, and fragile. It had enforced a peculiar decorum on them all, even on their mother. There was always the moment when they acknowledged this – no hugging, no roughhousing could include him. Even his father patted his shoulder tentatively, shy and cautious. Whey should a child have defended his loneliness that way? But let him have his ways, their father said, or he would be gone. He'd smile at them across that distance, and the smile was sad and hard, and it meant estrangement, even when he was with them.
How all the brothers and sisters except Jack had loved to come home, and how ready they always were to leave again.
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Glory Boughton, aged thirty-eight, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack--the prodigal son of the family, gone for twenty years--comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.

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