Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Previews of Lila

In other news, I am eagerly awaiting the release of Lila, Marilynne Robinson's next novel. The character of Lila was something of an enigma in the earlier novels, and I'm looking forward to her story. How splendid does it sound from these reviews:
Lila is a superb creation ... The courtship of the couple—John Ames: tentative, shy, and awkward; Lila: na├»ve, suspicious, wary, full of dread—will endure as a classic set piece of character revelation, during which two achingly lonely people discover the comfort of marital love . . . Robinson carefully crafts this provocative and deeply meaningful spiritual search for the meaning of existence. What brings the couple together is a joyous appreciation of the beauty of the natural world and the possibility of grace. —Publishers Weekly

An anguished pastoral, a tableau of decency and compassion that is also an angry and devastating indictment of moral cowardice and unrepentant, unacknowledged sin . . . Beautiful. —A. O. Scott, The New York Times Book Review
And there's also a sneak peak of the text here.


Meredith said...

Ridiculous comment first...that is a very nice cover, isn't it?

I am looking forward to this one as well. Thinking I might need to do a read through of the others again first. And that won't be a bad thing either.

Ali said...

It is! And thus I couldn't resist adding the picture. That is not such a bad idea to re-read the others. I might do that myself.

By the way, I finally mailed you a reply to your lovely letter yesterday too.

Meredith said...

It arrived! I am off to the junior primary disco (4:30 to 6pm) and then the upper primary disco (6 to 8pm) very soon. Have put myself on outside jobs - four hours locked in the hall with loud music and loud children is not my thing today. Have my coat (we are heading towards a four degree night.) And then I will come home, make a cup of tea and enjoy reading it. Thank you. Perfect timing.