Magnificent book from Toni Morrison. A story about love and betrayal in the late 1600s. A story told from multiple points of view. Morrison uses stream of consciousness for most of the book, what reminds me of Faulkner and "The Sound and The Fury". Not an easy book to read because until you finish it you really do not get the whole story: literally until the very last sentence of the novel.
I think this book is easier to read that to listen to, because each chapter is narrated by one character, and in the audiobook version the separation between chapters is not clear. Toni Morrison has a wonderful evocative voice, but she does not try to change it for each character of the novel, relying only for identification of each of them on the different way they express themselves. The makes the audition confusing, at least initially. I ended up reading the book on paper at the same time that I was listening to Toni Morrison's voice, and then I was completely hooked on the book.
I love Marilynne Robinson writings and this is a wonderful book. I listened to Gilead a couple of years ago, and I think this one is even better. It is difficult to conceive both books separately once you have read (or listen) to them. The story is about family interactions and I am not going to spoil it for you. It is written in such wonderful prose that it takes your breath away.
The narrator of this book is good. It always takes me an hour or so to get accustomed to a new voice, so try to get over the initial hump and she becomes a convincing Glory. I did not like the characterization of Boughton the father, because his voice was a little annoying, but I suspect in real life I would have found his *real* voice annoying too.
Housekeeping was about sisterhood, Gilead is about fatherhood, Home is brotherhood. I am dying to see Marilynne Robinson talk about motherhood. I want to hear more about the stories of Della and her son Robert and Ames wife Lila and her son.
I cannot wait until Marilynne Robinson next book. I think she is one of the most gifted authors of contemporary American literature.
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