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Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
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Jan 31, 2018

really liked it
bookshelves: alltime100novel, guardians100greatest

Housekeeping is the story of two girls coming of age in Idaho in the 1950's. After their mother's death and their father's abandonment, they are raised by their Grandmother, then two elderly aunts, and finally a mentally unstable drifter, Aunt Sylvie.

As the two girls mature, one comes to identify with Aunt Sylvie, while the other comes to resist her way of life. This novel is about how we live--neat and tidy with our housekeeping in order, or transient, wild, and aimless as drifters.

This book has been listed as one of the 100 greatest novels of the 20th Century. It's not necessarily the story that stands out here. It's more the poetic, lyrical language and the beautiful descriptions of everyday objects that elevates them to transcendent metaphors for life, loss, and the innate need to keep moving.

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Reading Progress

February 10, 2008 – Shelved
February 10, 2008 – Shelved as: alltime100novel
March 10, 2008 – Shelved as: guardians100greatest
January 30, 2018 – Started Reading
January 30, 2018 –
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0.0% "Decided to listen on audible as my dishwasher is broken and I spent over an hour hand-washing dishes yesterday as well as regular housework. The irony of the title was not lost on me."
January 31, 2018 – Finished Reading

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