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An Introduction to Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

作者: Dan StoneDana GioiaSusan BaleePico IyerBret Lott所有作者
出版商: [Washington, DC] : National Endowment for the Arts, 2008.
叢書: Big Read
版本/格式:   錄在CD上的有聲書 : 音頻碟片 : 英語所有版本和格式的總覽
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Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping (1980) tells the story of Ruthie, a quiet, friendless girl living in a remote Idaho town called Fingerbone. The train that travels into the cold mountains of Fingerbone crosses a lake that has claimed the lives of Ruthie's grandfather by accident and her mother by suicide, leaving Ruthie and her younger sister Lucille with their grandmother, Sylvia Foster. When Sylvia passes away,  再讀一些...
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提及的人: Marilynne Robinson
資料類型: 有聲書,等
文件類型: 錄音
所有的作者/貢獻者: Dan Stone; Dana Gioia; Susan Balee; Pico Iyer; Bret Lott; Aimee Mann; Marilynne Robinson; Jim White; Annette Bening; National Endowment for the Arts.
OCLC系統控制編碼: 243695510
注意: Readings of excerpts and critical analysis.
演員名單: Narrated by Dana Gioia ; Susan Balee, Pico Iyer, Bret Lott, Aimee Mann, Marilynne Robinson, Jim White, Annette Bening, contributors.
描述: 1 sound disc (51 min., 58 sec.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
叢書名: Big Read
其他題名: Housekeeping
責任: written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping (1980) tells the story of Ruthie, a quiet, friendless girl living in a remote Idaho town called Fingerbone. The train that travels into the cold mountains of Fingerbone crosses a lake that has claimed the lives of Ruthie's grandfather by accident and her mother by suicide, leaving Ruthie and her younger sister Lucille with their grandmother, Sylvia Foster. When Sylvia passes away, her two sisters-in-law move to Fingerbone to take care of the girls. Though pleasant and dutiful, Misses Lily and Nona Foster enjoy their solitude. After the first hard winter, they leave Ruthie and Lucille in the hands of a younger guardian, the girls' aunt Sylvie, who returns home after sixteen years. Sylvie, their mother's younger sister, is a boxcar drifter content with her itinerant lifestyle, but she commits to staying in Fingerbone to keep house and raise the girls. She has little experience with either and becomes like a "mermaid in a ship's cabin." Most days, she wanders to the lake by the train tracks and drifts in a stolen rowboat. In a house soon covered in soot and cobwebs, cans and newspapers, she feeds the girls from jelly jars and plates made from detergent boxes. Ruthie takes it all in stride, but her sister, Lucille, sees the other children in town and wants no part of Sylvie's world. Whereas the sisters are inseparable through much of their young lives, they begin to grow apart in their teenage years. Lucille matures into a prissy woman who swings her hips and sews her own dresses; Ruthie remains a tall, gangly child with a buzzard's hunch and a distaste for school. Soon their lives, like the house and the town and their dark family history, get lost in the tangled overgrowth of loneliness and neglect. The family ties that have kept them together can hold them no more. In language as lyrical and lush as the landscapes it describes, Robinson tells a haunting story of the permanence of loss and the transitory nature of love. She reminds us that, despite the fragility of human relationships, our desires to hold onto them are what make us whole.

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