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(Gilead #2)

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Home parallels the story told in Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead. It is a moving and healing book about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations, about love and death and faith.

Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, de
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Hardcover, 325 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Anne Payne I have read "Gilead" but not "Home" so I hope I'm not being an uninformed gratuitous commenter. I just wanted to say that the Montgomery bus boycott…moreI have read "Gilead" but not "Home" so I hope I'm not being an uninformed gratuitous commenter. I just wanted to say that the Montgomery bus boycott took place in 1956-7, and there was definitely accompanying violence. I don't know whether this addresses the issue you raise completely.(less)
Mary I read "Gilead" a while back and didn't remember that much. I also found it slow going, with all of its theological reflections. Now, I've just…moreI read "Gilead" a while back and didn't remember that much. I also found it slow going, with all of its theological reflections. Now, I've just finished "Home." It is MUCH easier to get into and I think it stands entirely on its own. The relationship between the family in "Home" and the Reverend Ames, who narrates "Gilead," is perfectly clear in "Home" itself without having read the previous book. I'm going back to check out the passages in "Gilead" that refer to Jack Boughton, the character with whom "Home" is most concerned, and it's fascinating to get Rev. Ames' thoughts about him. But you don't need to know any of that to thoroughly enjoy "Home." Someone here suggested that the perfect order is (1) Home, (2) Gilead, (3) Lila, and I agree.(less)

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Elyse Walters
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is it 'even' POSSIBLE-- that this is one of the BEST FICTION BOOKS ever written about what HOME represents in our lives?/!!! -- the good- the bad- and the ugly? ( even those last three words don't really fit-but it communicates quickly for 'short-review' purposes).

"HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS".....( not always)
"YOU CAN NEVER RETURN HOME"....( sometimes you can)
HOME....has a deep emotional meaning and our memories of....love, life, family opinions and feeling, anger, grief, regrets, betrayal, fri
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Benjamin Chandler
I don't think I have ever read a novel that so accurately describes the thoughts and actions and motivations of human beings. There was not one false note in this entire book. People acted in this book how they actually do in real life (at least in my experience). Their feelings of love and anger and self-hate were so acute, I often found myself relating to each character more than once.

Maybe some of this comes from where I am emotionally right now—somewhere teetering between hope and devastati
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Jim Fonseca
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well-respected retired Presbyterian minister is old and in ill health in a small town in Iowa. He’s a widower with eight children; four boys, four girls. He ran a tight religious ship at home: regular church attendance, grace at every meal, Bible reading, no swearing, etc. Six of the kids “did well.” They married, had kids of their own, and are “successful.”

The two children who took other paths – the misfits - are now home taking care of him. The story centers on the few months or so when the
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Angela M
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

If you’ve read Gilead or Lila the characters will be familiar, but yet the story is told from a different perspective. The focus of this story is on Jack Boughton, the wayward son of retired minister, the aging Robert Boughton. Jack returns home to Gilead, seeking an understanding of himself, seeking answers to the question of whether or not he is worthy of redemption, of perhaps starting a new life in this old place he once called home with a woman he loves. The story is told through
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Home (Gilead, #2), Marilynne Robinson
Home is a novel written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Marilynne Robinson. Published in 2008, it is Robinson's third novel, preceded by Housekeeping in 1980 and Gilead in 2004.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سی ام ماه سپتامبر سال 2012 میلادی
کتاب «خانه» فراموش ناشدنی ست، از خانه و خانواده میگوید ژرف، از اسرار و رویارویی نسلها، و از عشق، مرگ و ایمان. شاید برای همین برنده ی جایزه ی کتاب ملی سال 2008 میلادی شده، و اورنج طلایی انگلیس را در سال 2009 میلادی ربود
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Dolors
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those thinking of going back home
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“Home” is not a sequel to “Gilead”, it is a story that lapses at the same time but told from a different perspective. In fact, this novel could easily be read as a treatise about family, a sort of rich catalog of the varied ways in which a father can hurt a son, a brother can hurt a sister, or vice versa, precisely because they love each other. It’s a sad story about miscommunication and failed good intentions wasted over the years that lead to an anticlimactic peak of boundless frustration.

The
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David Schaafsma
It was an interesting experience for me to read this book, since I have not now been a member of a church since I was 28 and I now near 63. Agnostic is how I identify my “religious faith” on Facebook. Depending on whom it is I talk with, I can teeter in different directions. The church I was raised to attend is the (Dutch) Christian Reformed Church, and my pastor was widely seen as the most conservative preacher in the Grand Rapids (MI) area. Every year I lived in my father’s house (yes, one onl ...more
Schmacko
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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This book is simply beautiful and heartbreaking.

I started getting emotional, tears started welling up on page 26, when I read this about a sister awaiting her prodigal brother’ homecoming after twenty years of his absence:

"Glory had her own hopes, which were also too high – that this visit would happen at all, that it would be interesting, and that Jack would not remember her as the least tolerable, the most officious, the least to be trusted of all his brothers and sisters. She thought and hope
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CK
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I love this book. I had a good, long weep after finishing it. But that's not why I love it. I've been sitting here trying to analyze exactly why I love it so much but words are failing me — and you know that never happens. So here goes. Her other books are also wonderful, but this one makes me sure that Marilynne Robinson is one of the greatest writers alive today. That it is original is an understatement. I could talk about how I think she's establishing a new literary genre, but the truth is, ...more
Sarah
“It expresses the will of God to sustain us in this flesh, in this life. Weary or bitter or bewildered as we may be, God is faithful. He lets us wander so we will know what it means to come home.”
Sara
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars. The hope that I will find a book like this one is the reason I read.

Home. A word that conveys so many different meanings that for each person it is as individual as a fingerprint. For Jack Boughton, it is a place he has run from, longed for, and never quite fit into. For his sister, Glory, it is a place she loves, wishes to escape from, but knows she will be tied to all of her life. Thomas Wolfe told us “you can never go home again”, Marilynne Robinson seems to say you can never leave
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Lynne King
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I hate to say this as it sounds so trite and I’m certainly not religious but this is indeed one of those novels that has been touched by the hand of grace. Marilynne Robinson in her unique inimitable way has produced a sublime work that exquisitely captures the life of Reverend Boughton and his children Glory and Jack. This novel encapsulates the ideals of family life and solidarity regardless of what becomes of them and what is so touching is that Jack, the wayward son, who did everything out o ...more
ZaRi
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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شاید مرزبندی در ادبیات کار چندان درستی نباشد اما هر کس در این دنیا میتواند علایق خود را دنبال کند.به عنوان یک علاقه مند به دنیای کتاب ،هرگز ادبیات داستانی آمریکا جز انتخابهای اول من نبوده و نیست. هرچقدر سیر و سفر در فضای آکادمیک و مقالات نویسندگان امریکایی برای من لذتبخش است به همان اندازه دنیای داستانی نویسندگانش برایم غریب می نماید.در مورد مریلین رابینسون هم همین است؛ترجیح میدهم بیشتر قلم او را در مقاله های او دنبال کنم تا در داستانهایش." خانه" را خواندم و گذاشتمش جایی میان کتابهای دیگر؛البته ...more
Matt
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
Maybe I'm missing something, or I'm too young, or maybe nothing can live up to the expectations I had for this after Housekeeping and Gilead, or maybe I read it too fast, but I seriously found this book incredibly boring. I liked the beginning and the end, and the book does a good job of building the relationship between estranged brother and sister slowly, almost imperceptibly, over time, which felt very true. But mostly reading this book felt like watching a play in which all the characters re ...more
Jr Bacdayan
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had this unmistakable feeling of sunshine while I read this soulful novel. I always felt as though I was reading it in the morning, just at that exact moment when the majestic rays of the rising sun feel most wonderful. Not too hot, not too bright, just right. It was radiant, I felt like it gave a stir to my bones, an energy of some sort, a source of strength. It's funny really, because the book treads on a slow, probably careful albeit graceful pace. It would probably have been a five-star, h ...more
HBalikov
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is a “home?” Can you ever go “home?” I am a bit confounded by my attempts to write a review of this novel.

When Benjamin Franklin said “A house is not a home….” he was concerned with a place that provided “food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” I am not sure how Marilynne Robinson would make the distinction between the two but she gives us many clues.

"Twenty years was long enough to make a stranger of someone she had known far better than this brother of hers, and here he was in he
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Cathrine ☯️
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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After sleeping with the emotional state this book left me in, I have edited my review and changed it to a solid five stars.

"It is a book unsparing in its acknowledgment of sin and unstinting in its belief in the possibility of grace. It is at once hard and forgiving, bitter and joyful, fanatical and serene. “
From "The Return Of The Prodigal Son.” A New York Times book review by A. O. Scott

I just don’t know what I can say or add about this book. Really. It broke my heart and I loved it anyway.
Lisa
A perfect companion to the awful Gilead.

Again, it is well-written, and the main character has a lot more to offer, being the lost son of the preacher's friend. He comes home and tries to live up to the moral and religious standards of his family, and the story could have been really good if Christian absolute truth hadn't been imposed on the main character and reader alike ALL THE TIME. I found myself yelling at the poor sinful son: "If you say SORRY just once more, I will throw this book out t
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Ned
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This hit me right in the heart. The characters are so deep and finely drawn, yet never overstated, always with the subtle threads of their actions and the revealing dialogue. I grew up in similar climes, in smallish towns in the Midwest, where it all happens. Robinson treats believers with great respect; she recapitulates their quiet and earnest struggles with truth, god and mortality in a special way. There’s not a lot of plot here, in fact some might find this absolutely dry and plodding. But ...more
Laysee
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Home” is set in Gilead, Iowa, of the sunflowers. It tells the story of “greying children” taking care of their “ancient father”. Glory, aged 38, the youngest of 6 children, returned home to live with her father, the Reverend Robert Boughton, after her marriage fell apart. Her brother, Jack, who had a reputation of being a scoundrel also returned home from his wandering and bitterness after 20 years. Both were unprepared to encounter a father so sad and old. Robinson wrote with empathic apprecia ...more
Eibi82
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, favoritas

Una lectura triste, melancólica y muy emotiva con unos personajes tremendamente humanos que voy a tardar en olvidar... sobre todo a ti, Jack Boughton.

"Esa extraña capacidad para la indigencia, como si por naturaleza debiéramos tener mucho más de lo que la naturaleza nos da. Como si quedáramos pasmosamente desnudos cuando nos faltan las satisfacciones de la vida corriente. En la indigencia, aún de sentimientos o de propósito, el ser humano es más inquietantemente humano y vulnerable a la bondad
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Sandi
Since joining GoodReads, my reading has become much more prolific and eclectic. Thanks to the reviews of the members here, I have been much more successful at finding books that appeal to me and are worth my time. One of the books that I read this year as a result of GoodReads reviews was “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. “Gilead” was one of the most profoundly moving books I have ever read. It touched my heart in a way that few books ever do. It spoke of faith and forgiveness in such a reverent m ...more
Michael
I was disappointed with the muted passions of the characters in the novel and their unrealistic dwelling on spiritual and moral issues in isolation from the wellsprings of the usual ongoing connections and concerns in life. The prose has the same elegant and spare virtues as Robinson’s previous books, “Housekeeping” and “Gilead”, but the narrative often dragged to me due to excessive length relative to few substantive events and choices in action taken by the characters.

In the late 50’s, a duti
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mai ahmd
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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كان من الرائع حقا أن أخرج من صخب رواية بيت الأرواح لأدخل بهذا الهدوء إلى بيت مارلين روبنسون ، مارلين جعلت من البيت مكانا حقيقيا بكل إعتياديته وروتينه البطىء .. إن رواية روبنسون ليست رواية ذات أحداث إن كنت تنتظر ذلك كما بل هي رواية مشاعر إنسانية تتدفق ببطىء شديد تلك المشاعر التي يعجز التعبير عنها لحواجز عدة يشوبها الخوف من أن تنزلق إلى اللامكان . ..
هكذا كانت العلاقة بين غلوري وشقيقها جاك الذي عاد بعد غياب أكثر من عشرون عاماعاد لبيت والده القس ليبحث عن خلاصه الروحي
جاك الشخصية الأكثر إضطرابا في ا
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Sohaib
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read! Home is about family, love, life and second chances. I really enjoyed Glory’s account of what happens throughout the novel, although at one point I was tempted to question the reality of what she thinks or wonder about how other characters perceive the same incidents. Her narrative, however, is remarkable, cautious and meticulous when it comes to her brother and father, adding to the familial intensity (this is called a third person limited narrator if you are wondering and I g ...more
Raul Bimenyimana
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Home, that familiar physical space and whatever it may mean and represent to different people. Comfort, love, salvation, pain, regret, disappointment and most likely more than either one of these things and yet there's no denying in some way that that space we live in and at times share in with others, often does leave a mark on us.

In this story siblings Glory and Jack, middle-aged and mourning their different failures have returned home to their aging father in a small town in Iowa. This is a
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J. Trott
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was not disappointed by Marilynne Robinson's third book. When one reads good literature, for instance, Cormac McCarthy, one is often struck by a turn of phrase or a passage. "How aptly and poetically written," one thinks. This happens rarely with Robinson, because her prose lead us perfectly into the characters' lives. So it is only in hindsight that one identifies her prose as beautiful, and this only because one thinks of the story itself as true in the sense that truth causes one to feel li ...more
Come Musica
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
È di una delicatezza estrema.
Tutti sognano di avere un posto, dove poter tornare e chiamare casa.
Eppure ci sono case che sembrano un esilio.
La storia di due fratelli, due punti neri che si distinguono in una famiglia che è un foglio bianco immacolato.
Un legame forte che va oltre le colpe personali di ciascuno, per abbracciarsi nell'amore che non giudica e che sa andare oltre.
Quell'amore capace del perdono che solo Glory sa concedere a Jack.
Né il padre, né il reverendo Ames, né altri.
Solo Glory,
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Mariafrancesca di natura viperesca sta con  Orlando
Suppergiù scrissi nel 2013 su “Casa”, primo libro della Robinson letto:
scrittura “enorme”, denso come un nocciolo di uranio.

Infatti, pur limitato dall’orizzonte del più sperduto dei paesini del middle west statunitense, contiene i germi dell’universalità del dolore come dice Marilynne Robinson in un’intervista di Fabio Donalisio, uscita su «Blow Up».
Due fratelli Glory e Jack, ritornati a casa sconfitti dalla vita, vivono la sconfitta ognuno a suo modo: lei con tristezza e nostalgia per quei sog
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Ron Charles
Aug 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of "Gilead"
Marilynne Robinson's mournful new novel, Home, is not a sequel or a prequel to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead (2004) but rather a companion. And companionship, it turns out, is what all the lonely people in this book are seeking. Set in the same Iowa town, just a short distance from Rev. John Ames, the dying narrator of Gilead, the events in Home take place concurrently with those of that other novel. This time, however, we're in the house of Rev. Robert Boughton, Ames's longtime friend, who' ...more
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Her 1980 novel, Housekeeping, won a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for best first novel and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Her second novel, Gilead, was acclaimed by critics and received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the 2005 Ambassador Book Award.

Her third novel, Home, was published in 2008 and was nominated f
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