Fallback Fiction – The books we never, ever tire of reading
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
I don’t often re-read books. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve re-read in my lifetime: four, three of them being the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the other being Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping.
I first read Housekeeping during a college English class, and I loved it immediately. The mood and even the plot are somber and more than a little sad, but the writing is outright gorgeous. It’s the kind of writing that carries you away, that makes you feel each and every heartache, perfect for curling up under a warm blanket with a mug of coffee — and a dictionary. Robinson’s words and sentences are lyrical and complex and beguiling, making Housekeeping a must-read for lovers of word craft. Sometimes even a must re-read.
7 thoughts on “Fallback Fiction – The books we never, ever tire of reading”
I agree, Brian!
That is because you are one HOOPY frood!
such great picks everyone! Laura, Lisa, Elisha – heart those especially.
Bryan, I've only read it once, but I, too, love King's On Writing.
Ditto…the book is worth the read for the diatribe against adverbs alone!
Great picks! Most I know…a few I need to meet. Thanks for the introduction!
Some truly amazing choices, guys. Really, I'm impressed!
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