“Like her last book, "Gilead," this beautifully written book covers a very narrow compass of location and situation, while enlarging our understanding and compassion for the human condition.
The book again takes place in the small town of Gilead. Almost all the story takes place in one home where the lives of three family members become entangled in emotions, joys, and sorrows: an elderly dying father, a daughter who returned home after the end of a love affair, and the prodigal son. ”
“This is definitely my choice for Book of the Year. I immediately re-read it and look forward to future readings. Gilead has been at the top of my list for a few years; Home is beyond a companion or sequel. It's unrivaled!”Helen G wrote this review Saturday, November 15, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Extraordinary tone and sensility. Like "Gilead," it's a book with almost no plot -- if you don't count mortality. Ruminations on middle western Christianity, careful language, quiet scenery: what makes it so damn exciting? Thought, I suppose. And feeling. ”Daniel Wolff wrote this review Tuesday, November 4, 2008. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Glorious. Not since Faulkner has prose been so pristinely beautiful, so mercilessly gentle, so Old Testament like in the starkness and weight of its sorrow. Every page of this book is at once an act of glory and an act of grace, of language at its most exquisite, aching with what remains unspoken. It's a book that deserves not so much to be read, as to be contemplated, meditated on.”falstaff wrote this review Saturday, November 1, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautiful. Unlike many books that uses the same characters as another book, "Home" stands on its own merits. I would actually recommend reading "Home" first, then "Gilead."
Marilyn Robinson's prose is a joy to read--simple and elegant, always.
Best book of the year in my opinion.”
“Home is a brilliant, rich, lyrical novel. It's related, though not a sequel, exactly, to Robinson's Pulitzer-prize winning novel, Gilead. Where Gilead related the thoughts of an aging minister in small-town Ohio, and his anxiety about the return of the prodigal son of his best friend, Boughton, Home tells some of the same incidents through the eyes of the prodigal himself and his sister Glory, a middle-aged school teacher who has come home to Gilead to care for the aging Boughton and to come to terms with her own choices.
Glory loves her brother Jack, but doesn't understand him, why he was never close to the family and why her father longs so to be close to the one of his children who was never much available for intimacy.
If you're a parent this book will rip open places in your heart that have been wounded by your failures, and if you're a child with a difficult relationship to a parent it will prick at your conscience. But it also brings with it loads of grace that illuminate the deep love between even those who cannot express their love in words, and the kindnesses and understandings in families that make us long for home even when it is a place we can only grasp at fleetingly. ”
“I have a library request for this one. It had a great review in a women's magazine recently. However, our bookgroup read Gilead, and try as I might to "get into it" as it had such critical acclaim, I really couldn't do it. So guess I will see what this one is like. Sounds interesting - a pastor's family in the 50's whose adult children have to return home for some reason and deal with the parents, I think.....Well, I have to admit that I tired of it. Skipped to the end. Guess I really wasn't up to it.”Marcia H wrote this review Sunday, October 19, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No