from Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson

“. . .Every spirit passing through the world fingers the tangible and mars the mutable, and finally has come to look and not to buy. So shoes are worn and hassocks are sat upon and finally everything is left where it was and the spirit passes on, just as the wind in the orchard picks up the leaves from the ground as if there were no other pleasure in the world but brown leaves, as if it would deck, clothe, flesh itself in flourishes of dusty brown apple leaves, and then drops them all in a heap at the side of the house and goes on. . .”

3 Responses to “from Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson”

  1. June 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I love Marilynne Robinson’s work…well, I’ve actually only read two of her novels (Gilead and Home) so far. But I’ve just splurged $US1.45 on Housekeeping to remedy that situation!

    • June 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Two of my favorite books. Her writing is so poetic, so evocative, even when I know what’s going to happen (she’s one of the few authors that compel me to reread and reread and reread) I find myself completely in her grip. I go back repeatedly to Anne Carson’s “Nox” as well — have you read that? Just beautiful. I think I posted on it at one point.

    • June 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      And $1.45? Where DO you buy your books?

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