Housekeeping: A Novel

by Marilynne Robinson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0312424094 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingNancyNovawing of Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on 1/7/2010
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingNancyNovawing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, January 07, 2010
unregistered rabck from prettynpink, registered and added to the TBR pile

Journal Entry 2 by wingNancyNovawing at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, February 22, 2014
change status. Pulled to read for the states challenge

Journal Entry 3 by wingNancyNovawing at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, May 29, 2014
rabck from prettynpink, registered; definitely a mood read. Very dense on prose and description. Ruthie lives with the grandmother and sibling. Then when grandma dies, Aunt Sylvie moves in to care for the girls. But she's a transient & drifter, and their life, which was odd anyway, becomes even more so. Sister Lucille moves in with classmates in town and tries to become "normal". But Ruthie drifts away with Sylvie, into Sylvie's transient world, finally escaping town riding the rails.

Journal Entry 4 by wingNancyNovawing at ~ RABCK ~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Saturday, May 31, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (5/31/2014 UTC) at ~ RABCK ~, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


A wishlist book. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by Firegirl at Annandale, Virginia USA on Monday, June 09, 2014
Arrived while out of town on vacation. Thanks heaps for the RABCK and please let me know if there's anything I can send it return!

Journal Entry 6 by Firegirl at Annandale, Virginia USA on Sunday, November 30, 2014
I adored reading this. It is what my husband calls "a writers' book", one for people who love words and phrases. Not a lot happens plot-wise, but the descriptions and phrases are just amazingly beautiful. The characters are anything but stock and the plot is simple but deep, personal, and touching. It is about people, relationships, and loss, yet also about finding oneself and being content in the world. It is not at all one I would recommend to just anyone due to the slowly evolving plot, but I found it an absolutely delicious reading experience. It has definitely whetted my appetite for more by this author.

Journal Entry 7 by Firegirl at Annandale, Virginia USA on Thursday, September 22, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (9/22/2016 UTC) at Annandale, Virginia USA


I was contacted about a trade for this book and will put it in the mail as soon as I have a shipping address. I believe it's off to Hawaii for you, little book! Happy travels! (Counts as part of the -Keep Them Moving- release challenge.)

Journal Entry 8 by wingghirwing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, October 02, 2016
Arrived safely in the mail today. Thank you for sharing this!

Every now and then, you run across someone whose life is vastly different from yours and you wonder how their life turned out that way. This book is an exploration of one such life, a "show, don't tell" story.

Narrator Ruthie and her sister Lucille are abandoned at their grandmother's house by their mother, who cares for them several years before passing away. They are then looked after by a pair of spinster great-aunts until their aunt Sylvie is tracked down and arrives to take over. A poignant study of neglect and abandonment and keeping a family unified.

Off as a surprise to fulfill a wish.

Journal Entry 9 by wingReallyBookishwing at Horsham, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Aloha, Grace! Thank you so much for this wonderful wishlist surprise. I suspect it's going to leapfrog a whole passel of others patiently waiting their turn and go high on the TBR list. I've heard great things about this book and this author and I'm looking forward to seeing what I think.

Is there anything I can send you in exchange? If so, please just say the word.

Many thanks again for this generous RABCK!

Journal Entry 10 by wingReallyBookishwing at Horsham, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, October 31, 2016
This wonderfully written book was my introduction to Marilynne Robinson, and it definitely made me want to read more of her. I appreciated the mood, setting, and characters in this work particularly. The setting was so richly-drawn that it almost served as an additional character. There are some really delicious passages in which the use of language is simply wonderful.

Readers of literary fiction who don't mind novels without rip-roaring page-turner plots will likely find much to love and appreciate here.

Journal Entry 11 by wingReallyBookishwing at Horsham, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, November 04, 2016
Reserving for the General Literature VBB.

Description from Amazon:

"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."

Journal Entry 12 by wingReallyBookishwing at Horsham, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, July 16, 2017
Removing as unselected from the General Literature VBB and making available.

Journal Entry 13 by wingReallyBookishwing at GIANT Food in Horsham, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (1/10/2018 UTC) at GIANT Food in Horsham, Pennsylvania USA


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