SUMMARY ë Lila By Marilynne Robinson


READ ☆ RANDARENEWABLES.CO.UK ↠ Marilynne Robinson Continua a deambular para sobreviver Contudo um dia para se abrigar da chuva entra numa igreja de uma peuena localidade na altura em ue o reverendo John Awes proferia o seu sermão A partir deste momento assistimos a mudanças ue marcarão para sempre a vida destes dois personage. 25 stars This book is written with the most beautiful and elegant prose and for the first few few pages I really was enjoying the book but sadly the structure of the novel didn't work for me Lila homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside steps inside a small town Iowa church the only available shelter from the rain and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life She becomes the wife of a minister and widower John Ames and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound securityFirstly I listened to this book on audio and while the narrator was excellent I found the writing style very repetitive and laboured The story is told from different perspectives and I found it difficult to follow and the flow too interrupted There is a very strong religious theme in this novel and it certainly belonged in the stroy but I found it a little much at times and again I think if I had read the book I would have understood it and perhaps enjoyed it better I was going to switch to paper format halfways through the stroy but did not love the subject matter enough to purchase another book I did finish the novel and was glad I struck with it because the prose is beautiful and poetic but for me this one just didn't float my boat This book has great reviews and I am certainly singing from a different hymn sheet on this one

CHARACTERS Lila By Marilynne Robinson

SUMMARY ë Lila By Marilynne Robinson ì Uma obra literária sublime com uma intensidade rara e penetrante Lila de uatro ou cinco anos vive negligenciada numa casa de emigrantes algures no Midwest na década de 1920 Passa o tempo debaixo de uma mesa e uando não consegue conter o choro mandam na para fora de casa Uma noite Doll uma jovem vagabund Uma obra literária sublime com uma intensidade rara e penetrante Lila de uatro ou cinco anos vive negligenciada numa casa de emigrantes algures no Midwest na década de 1920 Passa o tempo debaixo de uma mesa e uando não consegue conter o choro mandam na para fora de casa Uma no. In 2004 Marilynne Robinson a legendary teacher at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop returned to novels after a 24 year hiatus and published “Gilead” which won a Pulitzer Prize a National Book Critics Circle Award and a spot on best of the year lists everywhere It’s hard to imagine those accolades meant much to the Midwestern Calvinist but four years later she published a companion novel called “Home” which won the Orange Prize and enthusiastic praise And now comes “Lila” already longlisted for the National Book Award involving the same few people in Gilead Iowa “the kind of town where dogs slept in the road”These three exuisite books constitute a trilogy on spiritual redemption unlike anything else in American literature Our Puritan forefathers wrote and worried plenty about salvation but they had no use for novels In a way that few novelists have attempted and at which fewer have succeeded Robinson writes about Christian ministers and faith and even theology and yet her books demand no orthodoxy except a willingness to think deeply about the inscrutable problem of being Her characters anticipate the glory beyond but they also know the valley of the shadow of death and they can name that Psalm too In “Home” the Rev Robert Boughton struggles to save his wayward son from drinking himself into the ground In “Gilead” the Rev John Ames with just a few months to live races to compose a long letter about his life before he’s carried away to imperishability And in this new novel we’re finally fully engaged with Lila the unlikely young woman who marries Rev Ames late in life and gives him a son when he feels as old as AbrahamThe geography and the cast of characters are mostly familiar but this time around we’re entering a wholly different spirit Boughton’s alcoholic son may have been lost but he knew the terms of perdition and could torment his father and Ames in a language they all spoke Lila crawls into Gilead from another world altogether a realm of subsistence living where the speculations of theologians are as far away — and useless — as the starsThe novel opens in a fog of misery Lila is just 4 or 5 sickly dressed in rags when a woman named Doll steals her from her violent home “Doll may have been the loneliest woman in the world” Robinson writes “and she was the loneliest child and there they were the two of them together keeping each other warm in the rain” They survive by joining up with a tough band of migrants looking for work as the country slides further into the Depression It’s a vision of failing America somewhere between “The Grapes of Wrath” and “The Road” — poverty grinding away every element of pride until the group fractures under the strain Robinson has constructed this novel in a graceful swirl of time constantly moving back to Lila and Doll’s struggles with starvation desperate thieves and vengeful relatives We see that dark past only intermittently as a child’s clear but fragmentary memories or a trauma victim’s flashbacksIn the novel’s present Lila now an adult almost feral with fear and apprehension wanders into Ames’s church In that moment the old pastor dares to imagine he might be allowed to fall in love again But Lila is not easily or uickly drawn away from the life she knew “Happiness was strange to her” Robinson writes “When you’re scalded touch hurts it makes no difference if it’s kindly meant”This may be the most tentative formal and charming romance you’ll ever encounter Ames who assumed his years of loneliness would never end floats off the ground in a state of anxious delight always preparing himself for the day when Lila will run back out of his life And everything about the reverend baffles her “You’re just the strangest man” she tells him when she knows she’s “horribly in love” There seems no end to his concerns his senseless courtesies “He always helped her with her chair” she thinks “which amounted to pulling it out from the table a little then pushing it in again after she sat down Who in the world could need help with a chair” He and his friends talk about people she doesn’t know and things she doesn’t understand His constant allusions to the Bible — that old book — mean nothing to her She can’t get over how enthusiastically his congregation sings “songs to somebody who had lived and died like anybody else”And yet she considers the reverend’s theological arguments with dead seriousness Robinson for all her philosophical brilliance captures clearly and without a trace of condescension the mind of an uneducated woman struggling to comprehend why things happen what our lives mean “She knew a little bit about existence” Robinson writes in this miraculous voice that somehow blends with Lila’s “That was pretty well the only thing she knew about and she had learned the word for it from him” Lila doesn’t have the luxury of speculating about the possibility of hell; she’s lived there “She had thought a thousand times about the ferociousness of things so that it might not surprise her entirely when it showed itself again” The Bible is a revelation to her — though not in the way it is to her husband “She never expected to find so many things she already knew about written down in a book” The images of desolation and abandonment in Ezekiel don’t sound to her like history or metaphor — they sound like yesterday Job could easily have been someone she knew on the road When Boughton refers to the elect and the damned Lila fears she may never see Doll again and wonders if heaven is worth that sacrifice How is it she wonders that these men can worship a God willing to send so many fine people to hell“You ask such interesting uestions” Ames says“And you don’t answer ‘em” Lila shoots back She’s been trained by years of violence and hardship not to trust anyone but “he was beautiful gentle and solid his voice so mild when he spoke his hair so silvery white” Can she dare she give up the clarity of her old life for this gracious man who loves her past all reason She knows it’ll only be a matter of time before she shocks “all the sweetness right out of him”“Are we getting married or not” Ames asks her early in the novel“If you want to it’s all right with me I suppose But I can’t see how it’s going to work” Lila says “I can’t stay nowhere I can’t get a minute of rest”“Well if that’s how it is I guess you’d better put your head on my shoulder”For all the despair and trauma that haunt Lila her story is one of unimaginable sudden good fortune that only her husband’s patience can coax her into accepting “I can’t love you as much as I love you” Lila says with a paradox worthy of St Paul “I can’t feel as happy as I am” Both of these unlikely lovers have suffered enough “to know that this is grace”Anyone reading this novel will know that too This review first appeared in The Washington Posthttpwwwwashingtonpostcomenterta

Marilynne Robinson ↠ 1 SUMMARY

Lila By Marilynne RobinsIte Doll uma jovem vagabunda de rosto desfigurado decide levá la consigo para longe Ambas sobrevivem juntando se a um grupo de nómadas em busca de trabalho pelos campos em pleno período da Grande Depressão americana Os anos passam até ue Doll desaparece misteriosamente Lila. It's 430am I lost a lot of sleep but just finished the last of this series a life transforming experience What to say about Lila A wild child Perhaps but unfortunately and fortunately I think there are many 'Lila's' in this world I related to her in many ways myselfThe writing once again blew me away especially fit the emotional key of perfect pitch for me on several occasions This one small sentence alone is one that brought me to real tears Fear and comfort could be the same For me to explain that might take a lifetime I loved this book I loved all the books don't ask me to pick a favorite I just don't want to I could justify reasons for 'favorites' for each one I absolutely loved John Ames the old preacher again in this novel One of the most beautiful moments in this story was when he gave Lila a private baptism out in the sunshine he was so tender and sweet they walked through a meadow of daisies and sunflowers to pick black raspberries When he spread his white handkerchief out to put those berries in and the purple bled through the cloth I swear I could smell the fragrance AS I WRITE THIS tears come to my eyes I'm sad this series is overMarilynne Robinson is a phenomenal writer I had no idea I feel blessed as can be for having read her books If the world had a soul that was it wandering through it Never knowing anything different or wanting anything Ha and this took less than 5 minutes to write this review so it can be done LolMuch love to my friends GREAT SERIES