Day: January 31, 2012

Halfway through Housekeeping

Really, I’m in no hurry – Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

It’s been a while since I last read a book with both caution and urgency. It’s weird, I know, but having experienced the beautiful prose of Robinson before makes me want to jump ahead the paragraphs to know what will happen next and, at the same time, to control myself lest I miss the mindless sentences that are rendered remarkable by the author’s talent. I’m a little behind on my reading schedule, but I don’t mind slowing down on this book. But still, I can’t help asking why have I only read this book just now. Really, the words are simple. She knits them together with such precision that it can be possible for a novel of minimal breadth to be read for days and days, just for the sheer delight of reading. I do not mind that nothing is really going on in the book, which is about the narrator Ruth and her sister Lucille left under the care of, first, their grandmother, then their great aunts, and finally, their aunt Sylvie. We watch …