MOTHER COUNTRY P Paperback – 1 Dec 1999
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About the Author
Marilynne Robinson is the author of "Gilead," winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "Home," winner of the Orange Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, "Housekeeping," won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Robinson is also the author of the nonfiction books "Absence of Mind" and "The Death of Adam." She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Iowa City.
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Robinson seeks the roots of a major environmental problem by exposing what she considers to be a long-standing pattern of hypocrisy, moral weakness, and lack of courage. _Mother Country_ is an indictment of English culture. As an American, I become nervous reading a condemnation of British attitudes toward the environment, written by another American. If we are lucky, someday Robinson will apply her pen to an analysis of how American culture has produced one of our own nuclear messes, such as Hanford, Washington.
The main focus of the book is the failure of British government to represent the public interest, but some of her harshest criticisms are directed at the media, where disinformation, combined with a general lack of information, are too often accepted on topics of critical importance.