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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (2 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427205108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427205100
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marilynne Robinson was born in 1947. Her first novel, Housekeeping (1981) received the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel as well as being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second novel, GILEAD, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and her third, HOME, won the Orange Prize for Fiction.

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...a country of mystical sunsets, abandoned shacks, storms that could have come out of the book of Job, snowstorms that that can take your life within a few feet of your own front door, and wild rivers in which one can be baptized. I said Marilynne Robinson's prose was like clear, cold water and so it is - and sometimes it is about water too - you are never far from its cleansing, chilly power, or from the mysterious rush of the wind, sounding like the ocean in a region impossibly far from any sea. (Peter Hitchens Mail Online)

Her poetic, almost biblical style of writing...flows like clear cold water and is full of quiet power while remaining oddly conversational... People say they love these books, and I can see why. Quite how they can do so without discerning within them a serious, deep, patient but modest defence of the Christian proposition, I do not know. (Peter Hitchens Mail Online)

Her fiction attends with rapt attention to the "dear ordinary" breathing fresh air into the long-standing debates of American Protestantism (Kasia Boddy, DAILY TELEGRAPH)

'A quietly moving novel of faith and forgiveness. (Amber Pearson, DAILY MAIL)

'So finely wrought as to make the work of her more productive contemporaries seem tawdry by comparison . . . The cadences of her prose have a resonant authority more like that of a great music rather than language. The effect is utterly haunting. The bad news is that is makes all other writing seem jejune for ages afterwards (Jane Shilling, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

This is certainly a novel about faith and love. However, it is also a meditation on doubt and fear . . . There is both a subtlety and a simplicity about her most powerful themes. She asserts the elusiveness of perfection, the foolishness of sever self-ju (HERALD) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


'One of the saddest books I have ever loved' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2010
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`Home' and Gilead are, to me, as one and should be sold strapped firmly together. Neither makes total sense without the other but it doesn't matter which order in which you read them, just believe me they are less satisfactory taken singly. I can't really speak highly enough the kind of talent that can so lightly show the ability to carry two sides of a life story told from the two different viewpoints; that of a father and a god father. So flip sides of the coin they are and beautiful in their writing. Choking back tears as you read you may find yourself looking at the world in a new way. In seeing the story from two angles you gain a great deal of wider knowledge.

However, it is difficult and sometimes heavy stuff indeed, so may not appeal universally and I do see why. If you are ready to read at a slower pace and take on board the way of thinking that frets endlessly about the care of a soul, you will be rewarded. This reward will be a revelation, a fine portrait of a good old age and a deeper understanding regarding the importance of family.

Such eloquence as shown in the dialogue in these books is perhaps a thing of the past but what a gift it is. The beautiful old words of the Book of Common Prayer and the Holy Bible are a joy; they sparkle through some of the more dull religious arguments. Today the complicated feelings expressed in the words of the 1950's would include curses a thousand fold worse than the occasional taking of the Lords name in vain uttered by poor, poor Jack Broughton. No comfort in a crisis compared the ability to use an extensive vocabulary and glorious, educated language to explain.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Herman Norford on 8 Dec. 2009
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So I finally got around to reading Marilynne Robinson's third novel, Home. It's a novel that comes burdened with the success of its predecessor, Gilead, although Home has eventually found its own success by winning the Orange prize, 2009. Also it must be said it is a clever idea of Robinson to place the novel in the same time frame and setting as Gilead but Home can be read as novel that stands in its own right without prior knowledge of Gilead.

Robinson's story is a straight forward one about a family - in this case the Boughtons. It is a large family with all the siblings fully grown into adults. The key protagonists in this family story are the father Robert Boughton, his son Jack and daughter Glory. After a long absence from the family home, Glory returns home to look after her frail father. She is quickly followed by her brother Jack - a prodigal son figure. These two siblings' reunion with their father in the old, family, home provide the means for Robinson to explore, in the main, the dynamics of family life and the impact of memories of the past on the present. Robinson's themes are manifold but ultimately Christian based. It could be said that through the Boughton family, Robinson explores issues about love, forgiveness, humility, faith and Christian mercy. All this is shot through by means of the third person narration seen mainly from the perspective of Glory.

Home is not a rip-roaring yarn of a novel. Anyone expecting such a read will be disappointed. Instead, it is a very slow paced, deeply considered and in places moving novel. Its prose is pared down to present a language that on the surface is deceptively straight forward but with careful reading is powerful in its message.
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2008
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'Home to stay, Glory! Yes!' her father said, and her heart sank. He attempted a twinkle of joy at this thought, but his eyes were damp with commiseration. 'To stay for a while this time!' he amended, and took her bag from her, first shifting his cane to his weaker hand.'

Marilynne Robinson's Home opens with retired minister Robert Broughton's youngest daughter reluctantly returning to her father's house, her childhood home - essentially to nurse him as he dies. She is one of eight children, the only one free to take care of him. She has brought her own secrets back to her house - her life has not followed the conventions of 1950s small town America. Her brother Jack, the 'ne'er do well' of the family, the son most beloved of the father, writes to say that he will be coming home after twenty years.

The prodigal returns with a hangover but seeks to make amends for the disgrace he brought to the family as a youngster. We gradually learn of his wrongdoings as a boy and snippets of his life since. Though he is not religious he turns to John Ames, also a minister and Robert Broughton's life long friend - and for whom Jack was named - for a blessing and redemption. Jack's life is clearly still complicated - there is a woman he writes to but something has gone wrong. As readers we understand, perhaps, more about his relationship with Della and the secret involved there than his family living in the same house are able to pick up.

Everything slows down in the middle of the novel as Jack looks for work, fixes the De Soto in the garage, works in the garden and avoids booze. Glory and Jack start to grow close though their shared work about the house and garden, through small kindnesses to each other and in sharing the care of their father.
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