Friday, August 8, 2008

Good things to come from Marilynne Robinson

I'm pulling this quote directly from Alan Jacobs blog. This is the first I've heard of a new book from Marilynne Robinson, and I'm still handing out suggestions for folks to read her last one, Gilead. Apparently, this new one is its companion and will be out next month. Here's a taste of why it's sure to be worth our time to pick it up:

"There is a saying that to understand is to forgive, but that is an error, so Papa used to say. You must forgive in order to understand. Until you forgive, you defend yourself against the possibility of understanding. Her father had said this more than once, in sermons, with appropriate texts, but the real text was Jack, and those to whom he spoke were himself and the row of Boughtons in the front pew, which usually did not include Jack, and then, of course, the congregation. If you forgive, he would say, you may indeed still not understand, but you will be ready to understand, and that is the posture of grace."

—Marilynne Robinson, from Home (to be published next month)

2 comments:

Karen Luttrell said...

I loved Gilead. This is definitely going on my to-read list. Thanks.

monster paperbag said...

I loved Gilead, too. I'm gonna get Robinson's new book, that's for sure.