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Author: Marilynne Robinson
Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award — A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother. The family house is i...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780374525187
ISBN-10: 0374525188
Publication Date: 9/30/1997
Pages: 224
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 9
Blech. I had to read this for my bookclub, and then the lady who chose it decided NOT to select this book. One good thing about book club is that it forces me to choose books outside my comfort zone. A bad thing is that I waste time reading garbage like this. Other reviewers say the author's writing is lyrical. I disliked the story so much, that I could not get around to enjoying anything about the writing style. Over and over instead of feeling sorry for the two sisters, I just felt like they were whiners who couldn't get their lives together. I have little tolerance for people who only complain about their unhappiness and want to do little to improve their lots in life.
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Helpful Score: 8
A little difficult for me to get into. Her poetic use of language has been highly praised. However, as someone who is not a literature or english major, I don't think I could appreciate this book as much.
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Helpful Score: 4
A beautifully written, deeply touching book. One that pulls you in and stays with you long after it's finished.
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Helpful Score: 4
I truly enjoyed this book. It was beautifully written, and the metaphors that the author uses repeat themselves in different variations, tying the book together nicely. It didn't end as I'd expected it to, which was also a nice surprise. I'm not sure that this book is for everyone, it was hard to get into at first, but by the time the two aunts came into the story I was hooked. This is a short book and it is not a plot intensive/action packed book. There is a balance between the descriptive prose, and the plot so that both equally contribute to the book as a whole. Personally, I can't wait to read her other novels.
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Helpful Score: 4
In spite of what it said on the back of the book, I could not get interested in this book, I tried, I kept plodding along till I was almost part way through and said, thats it.
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I have been a big fan of this movie for years. I watch it once a week!!! And was so excited to finally find the book. I loved it. This style of writing is what I love.

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