Dauntingly intellectual but with that beautiful clear style that makes Robinson's novels so good. The style didn't make up for the subject matter though - I feel guilty but I just couldn't persevere. The chapter on Oberlin was interesting but for a very superficial reason - the college's famous aulumni.
This collection of essays by the writer Marilynne Robinson shows her dedication to detail, with constant references to facts over opinions and evidence of an amazing breadth of knowledge. Robinson shows her grasp of history, politics, religion, and literature in this volume. She has criticism for the failure of education in current society and how that leads to the current political and economic situation. She shows how many who tout themselves as religious don't actually follow the deeper tenets of the Bible. Throughout she backs her statements up with facts, using quotations and citations to make her points.
This is a book to read slowly and thoughtfully, to ponder, to reflect on. To enjoy.
My high hopes for another by this author were dashed by this one. Like the previous commentator, these arent my issues either. While her values resonate, the very "American perspective" is quite off putting too. At the same time, her elegant writing style is as appealing as ever.
Although I really loved every one of Robinson's novels, this book didn't really touch me. The issues that she is most concerned with aren't really my issues: proof of God's existence, the value and importance of the Old Testament to Christians, the merits of generosity, liberalism and democracy, what constitutes human nature and the possible existence of the soul.. At times it was difficult to follow her line of thinking. Perhaps she is just better educated than I am., or maybe our differences in tradition led to the disconnect. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
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