Housekeeping

by Marilynne Robinson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0006393748 Global Overview for this book
Registered by kobie03 of Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on 8/9/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by kobie03 from Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Thursday, August 9, 2007

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.

Journal Entry 2 by kobie03 from Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Int'l Bookring started Sept 27/07 JE edited Nov5/07
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

Journal Entry 3 by Gealach from Nacka, Södermanland Sweden on Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I received the book today, I'll start reading it right away, so that I can send it on as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 4 by Gealach from Nacka, Södermanland Sweden on Thursday, November 22, 2007
I started reading today, but I just can't get into it. My thoughts keep wandering away all the time, so I think I'll pass it on without finishing.

Journal Entry 5 by Gealach from Nacka, Södermanland Sweden on Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Sent to nickel27 today! Feels a bit weird not reading it, since I waited so long for it, but I just couldn't get into it. :-)

Journal Entry 6 by nikel27 from -- Irgendwo / Somewhere --, Hessen Germany on Monday, December 3, 2007
arrived safe at my house, 1 more BookRing to read before I can start here.

update:
Great read, thanks for sharing with me.

Journal Entry 7 by nikel27 at Post Office in Book Ring, Ginsheim -- Controlled Releases on Friday, January 4, 2008

Released 14 yrs ago (1/8/2008 UTC) at Post Office in Book Ring, Ginsheim -- Controlled Releases

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Goes out to Australia.....

Journal Entry 8 by Blundery on Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Received as a bookring and looking forward to getting it started on the weekend.

Journal Entry 9 by Blundery on Monday, January 28, 2008
I finished this book last night and I must say, the author had an amazing talent for enabling the reader to 'feel' what was going on in the characters lives. I am not sure even at the end, if Sylvia was good for the girls (particularly Ruth) or bad for them, I have mixed emotions on that front.

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.

Journal Entry 10 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Arrived in Upper Hutt, New Zealand today. I'll get onto it right away so I don't let it slip behind other boring things like chores. Am absolutely ready to start a new read today.
Thanks for including me in the list kobie03.

Journal Entry 11 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, February 5, 2008
That didn't take long to read. I kept hoping for something to happen - my favourite genre is Crime and although I can enjoy books with a good story line even if no crime occurs this one didn't really work for me. The descriptions of the area around Fingerbone were well presented and it was those that prevented me from discontinuing.

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.

Journal Entry 12 by Sherlockfan at Friend in Friend, A Potential Bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, February 7, 2008

Released 14 yrs ago (2/7/2008 UTC) at Friend in Friend, A Potential Bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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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.

Journal Entry 13 by jnpert from Ridgefield, Connecticut USA on Friday, February 22, 2008
Received this in the mail today. What a delight to get my first ever package from New Zealand! Also thank you for the kind note when you released the book- things have been quite hectic at work!

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!

Journal Entry 14 by jnpert from Ridgefield, Connecticut USA on Monday, March 17, 2008
Finished the book this evening.

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.

Journal Entry 15 by jnpert from Ridgefield, Connecticut USA on Friday, March 21, 2008
Received lovelovebooks address so I mailed off via media mail. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 16 by lovelovebooks from Evanston, Illinois USA on Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I received this in the mail yesterday. I have to read one book before and then I will start this one. I look forward to it! It looks like a good read. Jen

Journal Entry 17 by lovelovebooks from Evanston, Illinois USA on Saturday, July 19, 2008
I read this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I sent it out to the next reader on the list. I hope you like it too!

Journal Entry 18 by trex3 from Flatrock, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Monday, August 11, 2008
recived this this book will read and send it kobie3 returned to kobie03

Journal Entry 19 by kobie03 at Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada on Monday, February 1, 2010

Released 12 yrs ago (2/2/2010 UTC) at Lewins Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada

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Mailed to ckochlourens, winner Jan Intl sweepstakes.

Journal Entry 20 by pinkoeria from Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Thank you so much for this book. It looks amazing, I really have to sit down and take my time with this book. And it has such a great travelling history too! I will get this book to another bookcrosser as a RABCK when I am done, a book with this much history it would be too bad for it to disappear in the wild...

Journal Entry 21 by pinkoeria from Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, April 26, 2010
This was a beautiful book. Very well written, you really have to take your time and savour each sentence. The story was nice with a surprising ending. I expected to be more sad for Ruthie, but she seemed so content with her fate and her life that I felt quite content myself at the end of the book.

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!

Journal Entry 22 by pinkoeria at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Released 12 yrs ago (5/12/2010 UTC) at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan, Ontario Canada

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Somewhere in the shopping centre, not sure yet where.

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