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When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
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Apr 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: philosophy, non-fiction

Marilynne Robinson is a good fiction writer (Housekeeping) who grew up with books she describes as "thick and hard." Drawing on her literary influences in this philosophical work, Robinson touches on a host of humanities including the origins of American liberalism. Following her probing of "Austerity as Ideology" and the culture of fear and its pressure on civil liberties, Mitch Daniels gets a mention as one of the champions of austerity. One of my favorite lines is, "Eliminate the overwhelming cost of phantom wars and fool's errands, and humankind might begin to balance its books." Quoting from books about religion, history, politics, human nature and spiritualism, Robinson concludes with "We came from somewhere and we are tending somewhere, and the spectacle is glorious and portentious." An uplifting read revealing the foundations and inspirations for Marilynne Robinson's fiction!
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