I had the great pleasure of reading Marilynne Robinson’s novel, Lila
, in a single setting one evening. It was a delight to return to the town of Gilead and to see the kindness of Reverend John Ames in a new light. Most of all, I was overwhelmed by Robinson’s fine prose and the ways in which she presents Lila, an abused, neglected and uneducated young woman. Full of questions and with a deep inner life, Lila seems so opposite from John Ames that the likelihood of them developing a close relationship would seem remote. Instead, there is love and richness in life found in Gilead in unexpected ways.
(I love it)
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