How could the delightful write of Housekeeping turn out a such a redundant, boring piece as this? I kept hoping something would happen, but finally gave up trying half way through.
The Pulitzer Prize? Are they kidding? Seriously, it makes me wonder. I can see why some people would love it, but I found it very tedious, in spite of some lovely language and interesting meditations on Christian theology. Aside from the narrator, all of the characters are flat, uni-dimensional. There is a constant self-conscious sensitivity and romance in the writing, and yet it never comes to life. Indeed the whole world, as portrayed in the novel, is as flat as the prairie it is set upon.
I'm sorry, maybe i'm too young (28!) to understand it all... or something! Since i paid for the story i made myself sit through it, actually hoping something exciting would happen, a twist, a joke, something interesting!! Nothing ever did, and after listening to the whole story i regret wasting my time. The reader was great tho and he fit the role perfectly. I can recommend this story to senior citizens, who might like to reminisce of old times.. If you are 40 and younger, don?t waste your precious time! (I actually learned that from the story! haha)
Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.
Marilynne Robinson is an exquisite writer but her story is dull. It is told as a preacher writing a letter to his young son. In the letter he recounts the history of the family. There is no variation in the narration and after listening to two discs, I forwarded to exerpts of a few others including the end; nothing changed. It gets one star and that only for the language.
I can't believe how dull and boring this story is. It's as though the author set out to be deliberately boring. I really tried to get into this one but it just never picked up, and finally I just shut it off and cut my losses. Little mundane details of this preacher and his father's life will bore you to tears. Avoid at all costs.
I selected this book because it was the nat'l book award winner. I found the book well written but the story line is not compelling. The premise is a long, rambling narrative written by an older man to his very young child to read with the child is grown. Its just okay, not great.
The narrator of this story has a wonderful voice and matches the main character quite well.
The story seems loooongggg and drawn out. In fact I never did find a plot to it. There's lots of old memories from the preacher about his father the preacher and his father the other preacher. (Punctuation left out on purpose) I found that I lost track of which "father" was being talked about.
If you have a belief in god, you might like this book for the philosophical nuggets, if you can pick them out of the rest of the mush.
Yes, I would, the writing is excellent. But in this case it is a retelling by the old dad of his life and what it means to his young son. There is no suspense, no actual thing that you are waiting to happen because they are his stories of the past. I only listened to one chapter, though and got too bored. His narrators voice is excellent and kept me listening longer than I otherwise would have.
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The grandfather, a minister who was also violently active in the Civil War, made for an interesting character.
The book was written entirely from a first-person perspective.
No, but I was grateful for its company during long car rides.
The Kindle-car stereo interface is ideal for me, and made my time with this book much easier to fit in.