Recommended reading: Marilynne Robinson

At Books and Culture, Thomas Gardner reviews the long-awaited novel by Marilynne Robinson … Gilead.

Gardner writes:

Marilynne Robinson’s second novel, Gilead, is a quiet, deeply moving celebration of the wonders and sustaining bewilderments of human consciousness.

The book is a great gift, and worth the wait. As most readers of contemporary fiction know, Robinson’s first novel, Housekeeping, was published 25 years ago, in 1980. It’s one of the three or four strongest novels of that period—the sort of book you press on new friends or your best students.

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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • Adam Walter

    Yes, “Lantana” definitely deserves a wider audience. About Twin Peaks–in 1991, I was lucky enough to spend most of a week watching at a distance as Lynch filmed scenes for the Peaks movie on location in Everett, WA (at the “Palmer house”), and since then my interest in Lynch has just kept growning.

    BTW, about my blog archive–I did a Nov 9th post about the Helprin reading at Third Place, which you might be interested in. It’s a long, absurdly-detailed post. Also, a Nov 19th post has pictures from the reading.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Thanks, Adam! Nice to hear from you. I’ve just skimmed through your recent blog entries, and I’ve bookmarked it. Nice work! I’m glad to find another Twin Peaks fan, and especially glad to find another “Lantana” fan … one of the most criminally overlooked, underrated films of the last decade.

  • Adam Walter

    Hi Jeff,

    Imagine my surprise seeing you at Third Place Books last week, and then opening the Sunday paper to see your “spread.” Congratulations on that. (And nice website, nice blog too.)

    I read “Gilead” and thought it was pretty good, if also very, very slow (which, of course, is not always a bad thing). If you enjoy this book, I highly recommend “The Hammer of God” by Bo Giertz, a Swedish novel published half a century ago. Giertz’s book is another literary novel about the reality of living the spiritual life, and it’s also a novel for those of us who wouldn’t be caught dead reading “Christian fiction.” For my money, the Giertz book is even better than “Gilead.”