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Housekeeping de Marilynne Robinson
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Housekeeping (original: 1980; edição: 1989)

de Marilynne Robinson (Autor)

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An unabridged audio edition of this classic work on the 25th anniversary of its first publicationA modern classic, housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town " chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.… (mais)
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Título:Housekeeping
Autores:Marilynne Robinson (Autor)
Informação:Bantam (1989), Edition: Bantam trade ed, 187 pages
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Housekeeping de Marilynne Robinson (1980)

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This is the type of book I want to read on a dark, melancholy evening, savoring the language and the story.

There were several times when the writing reminded me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his use of magical realism, but in reverse. Instead of having fantastical occurrences treated as everyday happenings, Robinson takes commonplace occurrences and imbues them with magical qualities ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
Robinson uses deliriously beautiful language to tell a quirky story filled with loss and longing. The lake is almost as much of a character as any of the people, but Ruthie and Sylvie are unforgettable. Fantastic and haunting. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
The heart of this book captures beautifully the challenge and freedom of living on the outside, literally, as in being homeless, or figuratively, as we all experience a sense of being separate from others, society and even ourselves. If either of these capture your experience, you will enjoy this book. ( )
  nancymaguire | Jul 10, 2021 |
I am having trouble giving “stars” to this book. The language is beautiful, poetic and dreamy. The narrator musings were profound without becoming phoney. The characters are utterly human. But… I have a deep fear of anything that portraits mental illness as an elevated state of being; an order above the mundane; an escape from the normalcy and mediocrity of most people’s lives.

I knew this girl once – I cannot say we were friends, but we had friends in common – and I remember the aura we perceived as coming from her. Her strangeness was, for us, a sign of her “specialness”. If she dressed completely unfit for the occasion, it was because she was above social conventions. If she talked nonsense, it was because she was an aspiring poet. When her parents put her on a mental hospital, we could not understand their cruelty and lack of understand of her uniqueness. She committed suicide eventually. And it took me years to understand that instead of helping her, we all had fed into her inability to cope by glorifying it; as if mental illness were a deeper understanding of the world, when it is really the opposite.

I am older and more cynical. The hero of this book is Lucille, who perceives that she needs help and searches for help.

Maybe Robinson deserves credit here for humanizing the wanderers, the homeless that we keep seeing here and there, and that we all know are ill. I am certainly guilty of ignoring them, mainly because I don’t know what the solution is. So I see them sitting at a public library, pretending that they are reading, or riding in the subway downtown, in the stretch that the city does not charge a ticket. Out of charity I try not to stare, but I try to make normal eye contact – but then, what is normal. And I often wonder about their families. Anyway…

I am going to give it five stars because it did make me think. And because I want other people to read it too.
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1 vote RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
The praised poetic prose of this book didn't impress me. It was ok, not bothering me but I wasn't particularly enjoying it either. The one thing that bothered me was the emptiness. It's not about the lack of plot, no, it's about lack of feeling. I just didn't feel anything towards the characters, I didn't feel their emptiness and I couldn't relate. I felt like someone without imagination was describing me a painting without making the persons in it alive. The only character that seemed somehow real in this story was Lucille. Perhaps it was because she had an inner conflict that she tried to solve, but her story didn't grow either. In the end this book didn't really give anything to me. ( )
  Lady_Lazarus | Mar 18, 2021 |
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Having a sister or a friend is like sitting at night in a lighted house. (p 154)
My grandmother['s]...eyes would roam over the goods she had accumulated unthinkingly and maintained out of habit as eagerly as if she had come to reclaim them. (p. 27)
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An unabridged audio edition of this classic work on the 25th anniversary of its first publicationA modern classic, housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town " chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

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