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اثر مریلین رابینسون از انتشارات قطره - مترجم: مرجان محمدی-داستان تاریخی

شخصیت‌های سه‌گانه‌ی داستانی رابینسون یعنی «خانه»، «گیلیاد» و «لی‌لا» با یکدیگر دارای ارتباط هستند و زندگی آن‌ها در کنار یکدیگر تعریف شده است. در رمان گیلیاد ما با یک کشیش مواجهیم که در سن میان‌سالی و بسیار دیر ازدواج کرده و در شهری خیالی به نام گیلیاد ساکن است و برای پسرش نامه می‌نویسد. در ‌لی‌لا روایت زندگی همسر این کشیش بازگو می‌شود؛ از کودکی و سختی‌های بزرگ شدنش در طول زمان تا آشنایی و ازدواج با کشیش؛


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3★
My fourth Marilynne Robinson book, and though I’m a fan, my least favorite in the Gilead series. Halfway through I stop and read some lovely reviews that do it the justice it no doubt deserves and make me feel like a completely inadequate reader not up to the task of appreciation. I feel detached and somewhat bored at points. The structure bothers me. No chapters, just pages that keep going with past events against the current ones in protagonist Lila’s story. I feel the need to stop and ponder, but do not know when or if I should, except at the designated few and far between break points. I feel there should be more of them but the narrative just keeps going and changes directions like my mind when it keeps running and won’t shut off, as if there won’t be another day or time to take up thinking again.

Lila’s story is heartbreaking yet fascinating from my modern point of view but unfolds in a similar manner to the way my grandparents and parents communicated. They used the Less Is More approach and rarely showed emotions. Like Lila, they were stoic with strong work ethics and kept their secrets close. I know more about her than I do about all of them combined. These paragraphs form a hymn of sorts to them and their kind. With the author’s gift of prose there is truth and beauty in the telling yet there is a disconnect for me.

Postscript.
I wrote my thoughts above at that halfway point mentioned above then later finished reading. I think Lila’s personality reflects my family matriarchs and influenced my reception to this. The literary blessings that Robinson usually bestows on me just never materialized.


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This has to be one of the most beautiful love stories Ive ever read, even though it would not be classified as such. A young woman battered by life, and an elderly minister beloved by his congregation, yet so lonely, only God and his prayers and old man Boughten next door to keep him company. They very inprobably find each other and get married and have a child, and along the way shyly and fearfully learn to trust each other. The story is told by Lila, since we heard John Ames story in @Gilead@, but is really a prequel to that story. There is a lot of religious discussion between the two of them, very interesting because it pits his conservative Calvinism against her street smarts and common sense. Personally, I thought she won every discussion, although she did consent to be baptized, but then she rinsed it off so it wouldnt really count. Theres gentle humor like that all through this book. Its not a novel for anyone looking for action and drama, but if you love interior dialogue books, youll love this one. Its a peaceful read.
My hope is that shell decide to do another installment from the point of view of their son. That would round things off very nicely.

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As John Ames’s late-life second wife, Lila’s something of a background figure in Gilead; there are only hints at her rough upbringing and manners, as well as her slightly unorthodox spiritual thinking. Lila is a prequel, then; its present-day is the late 1940s, when Lila’s wanderings bring her to Gilead, Iowa and she falls into an altogether surprising romance with the elderly pastor. Yet it also stretches back to Lila’s semi-feral upbringing with Doll and the gang, and her brief sojourn in a St. Louis whorehouse.

As usual, Robinson treats themes of suffering, abandonment and grace with subtle, elegant prose. However, I wished Lila’s story could have been in a more intimate, dialect-rich first person, to rival Ames’s in Gilead; I also fear many readers will be put off by the biblical material here: it’s essentially an extended analogy to the book of Hosea, plus there are frequent snatches of the books of Ezekiel and Job – not exactly accessible examples of scripture.

(See my full review at For Books’ Sake.)

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I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, but since it was a finalist for the National Book Award, I would have been reading it anyway!

When I finally got around to reading Gilead, I was surprised by how much I liked it despite its very small world. Marilynne Robinson kept to that small world when she wrote Home, a story set in the same time with a parallel character. And this book does it again by telling the story of the wife of the minister from the first book. This one feels much more set in a specific time period, as Lila comes from a group of wanderers trying to survive during the Great Depression.

The writing is powerful even in its simplicity, and there is a lot to think about through the contrast of Lila and the minister. This would be my pick to win the National Book Award, but Housekeeping remains my favorite book by this author. There are a few similarities between Housekeeping and the character of Lila which I think will please readers who are a fan of that earlier work.

A few tidbits:

@She liked to do her wash. Sometimes fish rose for the bubbles. The smell of soap was a little sharp, like the smell of the river. In that water you could rinse things clean. It might be a little brown after a good rain, soil from the fields, but the silt washed away or settled out. Her shirts and her dress looked to her like creatures that never wanted to be born, the way they wilted into themselves, sinking under the water as if they only wanted to be left there, maybe to find some deeper, darker pool. And when she lifted them out, held them up by their shoulders, they looked like pure weariness and regret. Like her own flayed skin. But when she hung them over a line and let the water run out, and the sun and the wind dry them, they began to seem like things that could live.@

@Children come up with these notions, and then after a while they forget to wonder about it all, because what does it matter, what does it have to do with t hem, things are what they are.@

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I just about hyperventilated when I found out Marilynne Robinson has a new novel coming out in October. It has been over five years since I read Home. I may have to re-read it to get myself warmed up for this new one.

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