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The Resource Lila, Marilynne Robinson

Lila, Marilynne Robinson

Label
Lila
Title
Lila
Statement of responsibility
Marilynne Robinson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This third of three novels set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, is a masterpiece of prose in the service of the moral seriousness that distinguishes Robinson's work. This time the narrative focuses on Lila, the young bride of elderly Reverend Ames, first met in "Gilead" Rescued as a toddler from abusive caretakers by a rough but kind drifter named Doll, raised with love but enduring the hard existence of a field worker, and later, in a St. Louis whorehouse, Lila is a superb creation. Largely uneducated, almost feral, Lila has a thirst for stability and knowledge. As she yearns to forget the terrible memories and shame of her past, Lila is hesitant to reveal them to her loving new husband. The courtship of the couple John Ames: tentative, tender, shy, and awkward; Lila: naive, suspicious, wary, full of dread will endure as a classic set piece of character revelation, during which two achingly lonely people discover the comfort of marital love. Threaded through the narrative are John Ames's troubled reflections that the doctrines of his Calvinist theology, including the belief that those who are not saved are destined for hell, are too harsh. Though she reads the Bible to gain knowledge, Lila resists its message, because it teaches that her beloved Doll will never gain the peace of heaven. Her questions stir up doubt in Ames's already conflicted mind, and Robinson carefully crafts this provocative and deeply meaningful spiritual search for the meaning of existence. What brings the couple together is a joyous appreciation of the beauty of the natural world and the possibility of grace
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3568.O3125
LC item number
L55 2014
Literary form
fiction
Label
Lila, Marilynne Robinson
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2013038776
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9780374187613
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013038776
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
Lila, Marilynne Robinson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2013038776
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9780374187613
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013038776
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

Library Locations

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