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Home by Marilynne Robinson
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May 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

Gilead was an outstanding novel of ideas that incidentally developed a number of impressive characters; Home is a character driven novel that incidentally develops a number of impressive ideas. I haven't had time to think it through yet, but I suspect the two of them together provide a defense of modern literary techniques (varying points of view; allusion; a focus on human consciousness) in the face of postmodern criticisms (the idea that point of view is a bourgeois ideology, as is consciousness itself; a rejection of much of the literary tradition, particularly when it deals with religion). All of this is more or less present in Gilead; Home is almost like a cherry on top in the shape of a very satisfying, low-key, traditional novel. Most importantly, it's funny. Robinson's 'Housekeeping' was cheesily po-faced; Gilead hinted at the possibility that people might do things in way that was neither deep nor quirky; here people actually make jokes. Jokes! Next she'll be writing the women's Portnoy.
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