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For reasons that are hidden from us


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Here’s a little more of Lila by Marilynne Robinson. Unlike Gilead, this is really the only place in the book where you get one of John Ames’s written musings, in answer to one of Lila’s questions. I miss those. There is perhaps nothing all that novel here for a contemplative person who has lived and reflected their way

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Things that make us hang our head


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Marilynne Robinson can be just so melancholically beautiful. Here’s another couple of sentences from Lila I have flagged: She saw him standing in the parlour with his beautiful old head bowed down on his beautiful old chest. She thought, He sure better be praying. And then she thought, Praying looks just like grief. Like shame. Like

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Coal Creek by Alex Miller


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I have to take this book back to the library tomorrow (I am so proud of myself for joining the library and borrowing a book!), but book club isn’t till this weekend, which is a bummer. So I thought I’d write a little post. I finished reading it on the weekend and oh my did

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Previews of Lila


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In other news, I am eagerly awaiting the release of Lila, Marilynne Robinson’s next novel. The character of Lila was something of an enigma in the earlier novels, and I’m looking forward to her story. How splendid does it sound from these reviews: Lila is a superb creation … The courtship of the couple—John Ames:

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The Secret Scripture – a book


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So have now finished The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry. This is a beautiful book. Yet it is not one that is easy to read. Terrible things once happened in Ireland, and terrible things once happened to individuals in Ireland, among communities that could be terribly unforgiving. The book tells the tale of a ninety-nine-year-old

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