Working wonders: Neil Morgan says Friends should pay attention to Marilynne Robinson

‘At heart, Robinson is simply amazed by life.’

'She draws our attention to the numinous world of the very ordinary, and invites us to explore its depths.’ | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Marilynne Robinson’s writing is the literary equivalent of Marmite or Bovril: you love it or you hate it. Robinson, a US writer and academic, came to notice with her first novel Housekeeping, (1980) and earned a Pulitzer Prize for her 2004 novel, Gilead, about an aging pastor’s letters to his young son. Her non-fiction books include The Death of Adam: Essays on modern thought (1998), Absence of Mind (2010) which I want to look at here, and a later essay collection, What are we doing here? (2018).

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