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Read Lila AUTHOR Marilynne Robinson reader Þ Paperback ✓ Marilynne Robinson Ù Η αμερικανίδα Μέριλιν Ρόμπινσον μία από τις σημαντικότερες συγγραφείς της εποχής μας μας χαρίζει την αξέχαστη ιστοΗ αμερικανίδα Μέριλιν Ρόμπινσον μία από τις σημαντικότερες συγγραφείς της εποχής μας μας χαρίζει την αξέχαστη ιστορία ενηλικίωσης ενός κοριτσιού που μεγαλώνει στο περιθώριο της κοινωνίας μες στον φόβο και το δέος τα χρόνια της μεγάλης ύφεσης της αμερικανικής οικονομίας τη δεκαετία του 1920 Η Λάιλα άστεγη και μόνη αφού έχει περιπλανηθεί επί χρόνια στην ύπαιθρο μπαίνει στην εκκλησία μιας μικρής πόλης της Αϊόβα για να βρει καταφύγιο από τη βροχή Αυτ This is my third read of Marilynne Robinson and as always a wonderful one I inadvertently skipped the 2nd volume of the Gilead trilogy I'll read Home soon because the American Library had Lola on the shelf Sort of a deep dive into the Reverend Ames' wife introduced in Gilead Lila's story is one of profound pain and suffering and thankfully redemption The book takes place as she becomes pregnant with the Reverend's child as she looks back in a sort of stream of conscience on her life and wonders whether she deserves a happy ending As with all of Robinson's writing the prose is exuisite and highly figurative Both the Reverend and Lila struggle with the meaning of evil and pain in the world as Lila teaches herself to read using the easy books of Ezekiel and Job Her childhood having been literally stole from her by the mysterious Doll is recounted drip by drip throughout the book I felt it dragged a little in the middle Well put another way it was sort of a one movement symphony there are no chapter headings it starts out in an adagio rythme in a minor key and slows to a lentissimo but about 34 of the way in the pace picks up and the chords change to major keys sort of like in Beethoven's 6th in the last movement cumulating in Lola's acceptance of her past and her love for the baby and the ReverendLila is always associated with nature having lived off the land and her own body in her survival Here the orchestra rises towards the denouementLila was glad to be seeing the country again the fields looking so green in the evening light Knee high by the Fourth of July So it must be June Every farmhouse in a cloud of trees There is a way the trees stir before a rain as if they already felt the heaviness P 213Here she is running away but also symbolically coming home on her arc towards GileadLater Lila and the Reverend discuss his Sunday sermon in some of the best Robinson prose I have read so farLife on earth is difficult and grave and marvelous Our experience is fragmentary Its parts don't add up They don't even belong in the same calculation P 223Lila Near as I can tell you were wanting to reconcile things by saying they can't be reconciled P 224Herein lies perhaps the core of Lila some things in life are beyond human comprehension beyond a religious explanation or humanistic reason They are just so To live life with a modicum of sanity and happiness this must be accepted uncomplainingly and definitively Just two pages later Lila is able to say I love you to the Reverend in her own uniue way'No' she said 'I'm going to have just one husband' One was than she'd expected 'Well you know that's good of you to say but it's not always good to make promises There can be a lot involved in keeping them than there seems at the time'She said 'That's not a promise It's just a fact'He laughed 'Even better' P 226This understated dialog is typical and sparing yet beautiful and about the most sincere that there two lonely people will be able to express themselves to each otherBesides this tear soaked ending but warm tears of love and reconciliation not cold tears of regret the book also helped me appreciate a few things about how central the church was back in those rural times the period is never stated but I believe it is between the wars since Lila talks about the Crash The church was where people experienced music where they held social events where they sought answers to their existence long before TV Twitter and YouTube And yet these churchgoers were the same hard working men that came to see Lila in the bordel in Saint Louis or others like them This moral ambiguity is a cornerstone of Robinson's depictions of GileadLila was a wonderful read and I look forward to reading Home now which I finally got from the library last week

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από τη βροχή Αυτή θα είναι η αφορμή για να γεννηθούν ένας έρωτας και μια αναζήτηση που θα της αλλάξουν τη ζωή Αφού παντρευτεί τον ιερέα της εκκλησίας και βρεθεί σε ασφαλές και προστατευμένο περιβάλλον θα ξεκινήσει να αναζητά το νόημα των δύσκολων χρόνων της ύπαρξής τηςΈνα βιβλίο για τον έρωτα που έρχεται όταν πια σε έχει σημαδέψει η ζωή ένα βιβλίο για την πίστη αλλά και για όλα αυτά που δεν μπορούν να εκφραστούν με λέξεις όσο βαθιά κι αν τα νιώθουμε 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

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Lila AUTHOR Marilynne Robinsή θα είναι η αφορμή για να γεννηθούν ένας έρωτας και μια αναζήτηση που θα της αλλάξουν τη ζωή Αφού παντρευτεί τον ιερέα της εκκλησίας και βρεθεί σε ασφαλές και προστατευμένο περιβάλλον θα ξεκινήσει να αναζητά το νόημα των δύσκολων χρόνων της ύπαρξής τηςΈνα βιβλίο για τον έρωτα που έρχεται όταν πια σε έχει σημαδέψει η ζωή ένα βιβλίο για την πίστη αλλά και για όλα αυτά που δεν μπορούν να εκφραστούν με λέξεις όσο βαθιά κι αν τα νιώθουμεα βρει καταφύγιο What would it be like to have limited vocabulary with which to phrase our thoughts? Would we then have limited thoughts? Or would our thoughts instead be clearer for the lack of words to muddy them?Such are the uestions that occur to us as we read this account of a homeless woman called Lila a woman without a surname or knowledge of what country she lives in—except that it’s good country for growing crops—but who knows perfectly her place in the world nevertheless A woman unaware of the existence of the concept ‘existence’ but who still knows than most about staying alive against the odds about facing death with euanimityAt the beginning of this book Lila’s former life of wandering is over It has come to an end because she stepped inside a church one day to shelter from the rain The seeking of shelter leads to her choosing a settled life with a man who is particularly full of thoughts and words thoughts and words being the tools of his trade John Ames is the elderly pastor of Gilead and he’s a character whom readers of some of Marilynne Robinson’s other books already know We had already met Lila too but only as a shadowy presence on the edge of every scene in those books Her former life was hinted at but Robinson cleverly left much of Lila’s story a complete mystery; she clearly had plans for Lila from the beginningThe earlier books each presented different facets of John Ames’ character In Gilead which is written in the form of a letter from Ames to his and Lila’s young son we get to know Ames through his memories of his father and grandfather and his own youth and life The picture that emerges is of a mostly thoughtful and kind man very committed to his faith but we remember that this is a first person narrative and we know not to completely trust his account of everythingIn Home we see Ames among his parishioners and friends in particular the Baughton family who live next door Home is a third person narrative mostly from the point of view of Glory Robert Boughton’s daughter who cares for her elderly father this is Mid West America sometime in the 1950s As we see Ames mingle with the various members of his friend Robert’s large family we discover different aspects of his personality In Lila the other characters fade from the picture and we get a completely fresh angle on John Ames In the course of this book the man who has spent his life writing and preaching sermons advising others how to think and speak has to learn how to think and speak himself all over again To understand Lila and to be understood by her everything he believes in the way he phrased what he thought he knew has to be reexamined It’s rare for me to be truly moved by the words I read I enjoy words tremendously I look under them and over them and through them but they rarely cause my eyes to well up with tears Although Robinson carefully avoids any attempt to trade on the emotional content of her story the hesitant words that Lila and John Ames exchange as they seek to understand the meaning of the other’s almost unknowable existence moved me intenselyWhat Robinson has done here is deeply deeply interesting—not the creation of a love story between a young woman and an elderly man—but the examination from scratch of the meaning of life