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Lila (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel (English Edition) Kindle版
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"Writing in lovely, angular prose that has the high loneliness of an old bluegrass tune, Ms. Robinson has created a balladlike story . . . The novel is powerful and deeply affecting . . . Ms. Robinson renders [Lila's] tale with the stark poetry of Edward Hopper or Andrew Wyeth." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times"Lila is a book whose grandeur is found in its humility. That's what makes Gilead among the most memorable settings in American fiction . . . Gilead [is] a kind of mythic everyplace, a quintessential national setting where our country's complicated union with faith, in all its degrees of constancy and skepticism, is enacted." --Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal "My message is simple. Even if you haven't found the two previous books to your taste, give Lila a try . . . what we get . . . is the highest fictional magic: a character who seems so real, it's hard to remember that she exists only in the page of this book." --John Wilson, Chicago Tribune "Lila, Marilynne Robinson's remarkable new novel, stands alone as a book to read and even read again. It's both a multilayered love story and a perceptive look at how early deprivation causes lasting damage . . . Robinson is a novelist of the first order." --Ellen Heltzel, The Seattle Times "Grade: A Emotionally and intellectually challenging, it's an exploration of faith in God, love, and whatever else it takes to survive." --Entertainment Weekly "Gorgeous writing, an absolutely beautiful book . . . This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Robinson, a novelist who can make the most quotidian moments epic because of her ability to peel back the surfaces of ordinary lives . . . [a] profound and deeply rendered novel." --David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times "Ever since the publication of Robinson's thrilling first novel, Housekeeping, reviewers have been pointing out that, for an analyst of modern alienation, she is an unusual specimen: a devout Protestant, reared in Idaho. She now lives in Iowa City, where she teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and where, for years, she has been accustomed to interrupting her career as a novelist to produce essays on such matters as the truth of John Calvin's writings. But Robinson's Low Church allegiance has hugely benefited her fiction . . . This is an unflinching book." --Joan Acocella, The New Yorker "Marilynne Robinson tracks the movements of grace as if it were a wild animal, appearing for fleeting intervals and then disappearing past the range of vision, emerging again where we least expect to find it. Her novels are interested in what makes grace necessary at all--shame and its afterlife, loss and its residue, the limits and betrayals of intimacy. In Lila, her brilliant and deeply affecting new novel, even her description of sunlight in a St. Louis bordello holds a kind of heartbreak." --Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic "Radiant . . . As in Gilead and Home, Robinson steps away from the conventions of the realistic novel to deal with metaphysical abstractions, signaling by the formality of her language her adoption of another convention, by which characters inhabiting an almost Norman Rockwell-ish world . . . live and think on a spiritual plane . . . [Lila is] a mediation on morality and psychology, compelling in its frankness about its truly shocking subject: the damage to the human personality done by poverty, neglect and abandonment." --Diane Johnson, The New York Times Book Review "In her new novel, Lila, Marilynne Robinson has written a deeply romantic love story embodied in the language and ideas of Calvinist doctrine. She really is not like any other writer. She really isn't . . . Robinson has created a small, rich and fearless body of work in which religion exists unashamedly, as does doubt, unashamedly." --Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books "Robinson's genius is for making indistinguishable the highest ends of faith and fiction . . . The beauty of Robinson's prose suggests an author continually threading with spun platinum the world's finest needle." --Michelle Orange, Bookforum "The protagonist of the stunning Lila is as lost a character as can be found in literature . . . Don't hesitate to read Lila . . . It's a novel that stands on its own and is surely one of the best of the year." --Holly Silva, St Louis Post-Dispatch "Existence and 'all the great storms that rise in it' are at the heart of Marilynne Robinson's glorious new novel, Lila . . . Lila is--at once--powerful, profound, and positively radiant in its depiction of its namesake, a child reared by drifters who finds a kindred soul in 'a big, silvery old man, ' the Rev. John Ames . . . Life, death, joy, fear, doubt, love, violence, kindness--all of this, and more, dwells in Lila, a book, I will venture, already for the ages, its protagonist engraved upon our souls." --Karen Brady, The Buffalo News "Lila is a dark, powerful, uplifting, unforgettable novel. And Robinson's Gilead trilogy--Gilead, Home, and Lila--is a great achievement in American fiction." --Bryan Wooley, Dallas Morning News "Starred Review This third of three novels set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, is a masterpiece of prose in the service of the moral seriousness that distinguishes Robinson's work . . . Lila is a superb creation. Largely uneducated, almost feral, Lila has a thirst for stability and knowledge. --Publishers Weekly "Starred Review Robinson has created a tour de force, an unforgettably dynamic odyssey, a passionate and learned moral and spiritual inquiry, a paean to the earth, and a witty and transcendent love story--all within a refulgent and resounding novel so beautifully precise and cadenced it wholly tranfixes and transforms us." --Donna Seaman, Booklist "Starred Review This is a lovely and touching story that grapples with the universal question of how God can allow his children to suffer. Recommended for fans of Robinson as well as those who enjoyed Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge, another exploration of pain and loneliness set against the backdrop of a small town." --Evelyn Beck, Library Journal "Literary lioness Robinson--she's won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award, among other laurels--continues the soaring run of novels with loosely connected story lines and deep religious currents that she launched a decade ago, almost a quarter century after her acclaimed fiction debut, Housekeeping . . . Lila's journey--its darker passages illuminated by Robinson's ability to write about love and the natural world with grit and graceful reverence--will mesmerize both longtime Robinson devotees and those coming to her work for the first time." --Elle --このテキストは、kindle_edition版に関連付けられています。
- ASIN : B00J6U7K62
- 出版社 : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2014/10/7)
- 発売日 : 2014/10/7
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 4299 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 274ページ
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 1,950,448位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
Lila was a neglected child who was taken in by a mysterious woman called Doll. The two of them fled the home town and became vagrants, joining with a group of others and seeking work on farms as they moves from one place to another. It was the time of the depression and many people were in severe poverty. The author really makes you feel how fragile their existence was and how reliant they were on others. When Doll is arrested for murder Lila has to make her own way in life without the mother figure on whom she has depended. She finds work in a brothel - making her own place there as a cook and maid because she is not suited for the main activity of the business. The author has no illusions about that type of life and this is clear as she describes what happens to Lila both in the brothel and later as she escapes and lives a precarious life on her own. Parts of this narrative are heartwrenching as Lila loses her mother figure and we begin to realise what Doll has done to preserve the life of this young woman.
The book also talks about the slowly developing relationship between Lila and John Ames. How she has to learn to trust and how he has to realise that his attraction to her does not mean that she is not her own person. This is tender and touching and this book adds another dimension to the stories in the two which precede it (I advise reading the books in the correct order although you actually don't have to as they each make perfect sense on their own). As the book ends you still don't know what life now has in store for Lila, especially as her husband is frail.
Lila is a marvellous character. A woman capable of thought and absolutely formed by everything that has happened to her. She has an ability to survive and a need to love and is strong despite all that has happened to her. The minor characters, as described by Lila, are also complex and mostly driven by their circumstances. The author gives us a true understanding of poverty and what drives people to wander - the story of the boy who Lila finds in her shack is very believable. The difference between Lila and her travelling companions and those who have houses, security and a place in the world is reinforced over and over again by Lila's experiences.
This is a touching. tender and often very sad book. It tells of broken lives and wounded souls as well as those who cannot be healed. Lila is a strong and brilliantly realised character whose voice is one of acceptance and forgiveness. I don't know if the author has more to say about the inhabitants of Gilead but if she does I really want to hear it.
The story is delicately told from within the sparse but wide-ranging mind of Lila, an orphan wandering the woods in Ohio in the 1930s. Gradually, she comes to see mercy in the world, as she is cared for, so kindly, by an old preacher who humbly asserts, time and again, that he knows very little, and wants to know what Lila thinks.
The writing is extraordinarily exact and imaginative. How can Robinson know so much about what it feels like to be a vagrant, alone in a shed on the edge of a river in dust-bowl America in the middle of the depression? And for this person to be questioning the nature of existence and heaven, yet doing this in striking, measured language which is free of concepts and self-esteem.
The story has many edges, and a sharp knife is buried in its midst.
However I found the book very annoying hopping back and forth between times past and present endlessly throughout the book .
Many events were depicted very well but overall the writing annoyed me .
I feel the editor should have told the writer to cut out lots of rambling material .