9 journalers for this copy...
One of The New York Times top 25 novels since 1980
Winner of Tht Pen/Hemingway Award,Pulitizer Prize Finalist.
Housekeeping is the story of two orphans, Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly under the care of various relatives before settling down in small town Idoha with Sylvie, their eccentric and rather remote aunt. The family house is nestled 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. In this town "chastened by outsized landscape and extravant weather" the sisters struggle towards radically different adulthoods.
I found this a moving book with the most beautiful language, I reread sentences just to enjoy how they were written.
Well worth the read, a classic, a treasure of a book.
Usual rules apply, journal entry when you receive the book, when you read it and when you send it on. Read it in a timely fashion and send it to the next person on the list.
I'll leave the ring open if anyone else wants to join PM me your shipping preferences and I'll add you.
Order of participants: Another participant added Nov5/07
note change in order
1. Gealach-Sweden int'l mailed Sept 24/07
2. nickel27--Germany int'l
3. Blundery--Australia int'l
4. Sherlockfan--New Zealand int'l--added since ring started
5. jnpert--Kentucky USA us
6. Lovelovebooks--Illnois USA us but will ship int'l--- Book is here Apr15/08
7. trex3--Newfoundland int'l
back to me
Great read, thanks for sharing with me.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Goes out to Australia.....
As beautiful as it was to read, I felt that the novel was left just a little bit lacking in story lines. The writing was focused so intently on the experience and the surroundings in such a beautifully lyrical way that I felt prospective storyline opprtunities may have been overlooked resulting in a slow moving plot (was there even a 'plot'?).
Thanks for sharing this book Kobie, I will send this off to the next person on the list over the next day or two.
Thanks for including me in the list kobie03.
Sylvia was an almost unbelievable character. Are there folk around like her? Lucille I could warm to but thought Ruth was hard to visualise.
Waitng to hear from jnpert when I'll send it on its way.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Posting today to jnpert.
She's contacted me - after hearing the long hours that she'd just been working I hope she finds solace and comfort from the lyrical passages in this book.
When it rains, it pours with bookrings. I just received another book late last week, but will make sure this gets read quickly.
Thanks to all!
The writing was beautiful and lyrical. I had read another work by Robinson- Gilead- and her use of language is just lovely.
My problem with her writing though is that her characters are so remote. It's like looking at someone that's both plain and lovely at the same time. I especially had trouble as the story became more involved with Sylvie- the last 50 pages sort of lost me.
I PMed lovelovebooks this weekend to get an address lined up, but have not heard back yet. Once I have an address I will mail on.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Mailed to ckochlourens, winner Jan Intl sweepstakes.
I read the reviews from the bookring and although I agree that it wasn't a fast-pacing plot, I definitely thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was very much concerned with feelings and impressions and descriptions and I loved that. I thought Lucille was a little selfish to have left so abruptly, especially since she was the one always worried about Sylvie leaving.
Thank you for sharing this book!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Somewhere in the shopping centre, not sure yet where.
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