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Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson Summary & Study Guide

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Housekeeping Study Guide by BookRags.com consists of approx. 42 pages of summaries and analysis on Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.

This study guide, written by BookRags.com, includes the following sections: Plot Summary, Chapter Summaries & Analysis, Characters, Objects/Places, Themes, Style, and Topics for Discussion.
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Published April 18th 2011 by BookRags.com (first published October 4th 2010)
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Susan
Aug 11, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
This is a debut-novel haunting tale of sisters Ruthie and Lucille as they try to cope with their family history of death and strangeness in Fingerbone, a small town somewhere in the Far West. (Robinson is from Idaho, so it may be inspired by a town there.) Fingerbone is home to a mysterious lake traversed twice daily by a train crossing a treacherous trestle. The sisters are raised, in turn, by their mother, grandmother, two great aunts and then Aunt Sylvie, their mother’s standoffish, eccentric ...more
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A haunting appraisal of life with mental disease from the perspective of two sisters who are orphaned the loss of their mother. They are then haunted by the possibilities of following in their mother and aunts footsteps, becoming drifters or resisters to fate.
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Sep 20, 2013 Mary Beth rated it liked it
Actually, I read the novel, not the study guide. I did enjoy the book - the writing is wonderful - but the story is dark and so much of it is not what it appears to be. Sometimes the symbolism gets a little heavy handed. Robinson has quite an imagination, and I always feel like her books have the elements of great stories ... but they usually fall a little short for me. I'd recommend this book, but not with great enthusiasm.
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Elegant and spare. Not a superfluous word.
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