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  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Press (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594133468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594133466
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,428,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rosaleen on Dec 6 2009
Format: Paperback
Home
I finally finished slogging my way through this book, and found it a highly unsatisfying experience. First, the characters are not well-rounded, and in the end, we know and understand very little about them, their motives, their inner feelings. And that's what the book is about, in essence. While I understand that perhaps this novel is not meant to be entirely realistic, it certainly seems to set itself up within the category of realism. But the characters address each other in ways that seem so restrained, so delicate, and indirect, that I found the dialogue to be maddeningly unbelievable. Can people in a family really speak to each other so that every nuance, every line they say is so calculated? It seemed almost ridiculously circumspect. Moreover, I found that it was hard to differentiate who was speaking to whom, because the characters are so lacking in depth and personality and interest. The plot, such as it is, uses delaying tactics to the big reveal, but then nothing much is revealed after 300 pages of a what felt like a long read. It is a matter of much too little, much too late. The coda was particularly lame and had a sense of being an afterthought meant to tie some loose ends together. I didn't care very much about what happened to these characters, because I didn't know who they were. It's a novel about forgiveness and acceptance and family ties, but I found myself incredulous that anyone could be as caring of every word they utter, and talk so much about the same subject over and over, without giving much real drama or tension. I appreciate subtlety and indirection, but this fell into an altogether different mode of not giving the reader enough to go on.
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By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 16 2013
Format: Paperback
This novel lives in the shadow of its predecessor Gilead, which is shorter and better. Those 2 factors may be related.

Nonetheless, this is a powerful novel with moments of majesty and grace, all within the context of a muted domestic drama. The main characters are Glory Boughton, her aged father, and her wayward brothe Jack. Both Glory and Jack return home after long absences, setting off a painful process of attempted reconciliation and redemption. The power of this book is reduced by many scenes that are drawn out too long or just become unbelievably weighty.

Not a book for everyone therefore. I would recommend reading Robinson's novel Gilead before taking on this one.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MacFly on March 3 2009
Format: Hardcover
Home by Marilynne Robinson is the story of the prodigal son. The son of an ailing minister returns home and settles into an uneasy relationship with the dying man and his grown, younger sister. I enjoyed the storyline of this book but found the plot to move very slowly and, ultimately, it left me wanting for more. There seemed to be a number of issues and stories that remained under the surface without being fully explained even at the end of the book. I finished the book but didn't really enjoy the slow pace and the unanswered questions.
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