Working wonders: Neil Morgan says Friends should pay attention to Marilynne Robinson
‘At heart, Robinson is simply amazed by life.’
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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