Jack Author Marilynne Robinson Read & download × 102

Read & download Jack Author Marilynne Robinson

Jack Author Marilynne Robinson Read & download × 102 ☆ Marilynne Robinson winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal returns to the world of Gilead with Jack the latest in one of the great works of contemporary American fiction Jack  tells the story of John Ames Boughton the beloved erratic and grieved overMarilynne Robinson winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal returns to the world of Gilead with Jack the latest in one of the great works of contemporary American fiction Jack  tells the story of John Ames Boughton the beloved erratic and grieved over prodigal son of a Presbyte. Loved itI loved the pure beauty of the gracefully written wordsthe feelings they stimulated in me Each sentence seemed to be fierce and affecting Spiritual morally and emotionally complex ‘novels’ are exceptionally rareMarilynne Robinson is ‘exceptionally’ rareHer entire body of work is uietly powerfulReading Jack an affecting novel during the 1950’s came at a perfect timeabsolutely perfect With all the racial upheaval happening in 2020and many American’s taking time to read study and re educate themselves about American Black history racial and civil ineuality “Jack” is the ideal ‘fiction’ satisfying tale with it’s wonderful experiential storytellingto compliment the other ‘non fiction’ books I’ve recently readStamped Racism Antiracism and You by Jason ReynoldsSo You Want to Talk about Racism by Ijeoma OluoWhite Fragility by Robin DiAngeloThe Buddhist on Death Row by David SheffCaste The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson Fiction and Non Fiction Bipartisanship unite The story with the memorable characters language interracial and religious themes explored in Jack lyrical meditative and thoughtfully contemplativespoke to my heart I was left feeling that even with all the evil in the world—goodness prevails “Jack”is predominantly Jack’s story told from his point of view the son of a Presbyterian preacher Self acclaimed bum living in Saint Louis Jack is white also a former convict drunk and thiefyetI was rooting for him Interracial unions were illegal and loathed upon in the 1950’sButthe heart wants what the heart wants it’s our minds judgements fears guilt evaluations righteousnessegos that block the flow of loveDella is a young beloved daughter of a Memphis Bishopa proper Christian woman The simplest way to say this Jack and Della fall in love The complexity of their love is less simple The story captures splendors and pitfalls of being human Sooooo many deeply felt momentspage after pageMoments like this“An ordinary man would not grieve forever over the sins of his youth he was fairly sure And an ordinary man would not dread this great blind impulse of distruction prophesied at officious length in any newspaper Then there was Della Abstractly considered a man who could threaten her as Jack did if he felt no guilt about it than he could live with then would be an utter scoundrel This meant the dark storms of bewilderment would deepen and Jack would have no refuge except of course in Della’s sweet calm He took comfort so uickly at the thought of her that he felt a shudder of calm pass through his body a thing he had never even heard of He had to surrender his refuge in order to avoid the most desperate need of it An hour or two tomorrow evening and then he would tell her goodbye and he would mean it” “Try to mean it” “I am a Negro because my God created me to be what I am and as I am so I will return to my God for He knows just why He created me as he did Marcus Garvey of course Teaching us to respect ourselves To live up to ourselves I will say it to my children and they will say it to their children and their grandchildren They’ll be Negroes and they’ll live Negro lives And you won’t have any effect on that at all Does that bother you” “No A little I haven’t given it much thought really This was probably not true” Love love loveALL of Marilynne Robinson’s bookand “Jack” was a wonderful seuitar to the Gilead series Thank you Netgalley Farrar Straus and Giroux and Marilynne Robinson for this wonderful timely powerful and affecting novel

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Rian minister in Gilead Iowa In segregated St Louis sometime after World War II Jack falls in love with Della Miles an African American high school teacher who is also the daughter of a preacher―discerning generous and independent Their fraught beautiful romance is one of Robinson’s greatest achi. Jack Boughton is the son of Gilead Iowa’s Minister Boughton named after John Ames the preacher and narrator of Robinson’s Gilead This fourth in Robinson’s connected volumes is his story revealing much about Jack and the woman he meets and falls in love with Della Miles – a teacher who is the daughter of an important black family in Memphis Jack is viewed by others as a good for nothing bum indeed he views himself a less than He is a man who has been to prison a draft dodger during WWII and tends to enjoy the bottle too much and too often and he often finds himself on the wrong side of the law as well as the wrong side of those who he owes money Money he can never repay and so he resorts to petty theft but ends up either drinking it away or losing it one way or another no matter his intentions And when he meets Della Miles she sees another side of him Over time she is drawn to his poetic nature his love of literature and eventually a love develops slowly unevenly and with much back and forth over time Each knowing that in this place and time and because of these constructs of the world their love not approved by society their love would need to be hidden from the world For those who have read and loved Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead Home Lila this will be a must read as the fourth novel in this collection For now I am content to savor the moments I have found in reading Jack re reading the many excerpts I have highlighted over and over again Jack is simply a lovely beautifully shared reflection on life and love and the salvation that is conveyed to us through love Published 29 Sep 2020Many thanks for the ARC provided by Farrar Straus and Giroux via NetGalley

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Jack Author Marilynne RobinsEvementsThe Gilead novels are about the dilemmas and promise of American history―about the ongoing legacy of the Civil War and the enduring impact of both racial ineuality and deep rooted religious belief They touch the deepest chords in our national character and resonate with our deepest feelings. I’m a gifted thief I lie fluently often for no reason I’m a bad but confirmed drunk I have no talent for friendship What talents I do have I make no use of I am aware instantly and almost obsessively of anything fragile with the thought that I must and will break it This has been true of me my whole life I isolate myself as a way of limiting the harm I can do And here I am with a wife Of whom I know good than you have any hint of to whom I could do a thousand kinds of harm never meaning to or meaning to I first encountered the titular character of Jack in Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gilead In that earlier work John “Jack” Ames Boughton returns to the town of Gilead as the prodigal son of its upstanding and long suffering Presbyterian Minister; eventually revealing that he had been joined in a challenging and illegal marriage with a Black woman In Jack Robinson goes back to the beginning of Jack and Della’s relationship which started shortly after WWII and superficially everything about this story sparked with me; heart and mind Marilynne Robinson is a deep thinker and masterful writer; no words are wasted in her use of this fictional storyline to explore complex theological concepts But while I completely engaged with Jack’s struggles and often read with my heart in my throat as he made bad decision after bad decision I couldn’t shake being slightly offended on behalf of dear Della — she seems to be a too good to be true archetype instead of an actual human being meant to test Jack’s commitments to atheism and nihilism and the fact that she is Black and considered a traitor to her race by her family seems an unnecessary complication that doesn’t do justice to her as a person Ultimately Jack is a complex and fully human character who fulfills a protagonist’s reuirements of challenge and change and I couldn’t help but connect with him On the other hand Della is a catalyzing agent for Jack and little and as the main character of colour in this book I think that Robinson misstepped by not making her knowable or believable Otherwise a stunning addition to the Gilead series Note I read an ARC through NetGalley and passages uoted may not be in the final forms Dear Jesus what was he doing This was not what he had promised himself This was not harmlessness He was sure he had no right to involve her in so much potential misery How often had he thought this But she had the right to involve herself or had claimed the right holding his hand the way she had She was young the daughter of a protective family She might have no idea yet that embarrassment relentless punitive scorn can wear away at a soul until it recedes into wordless loneliness God in the silence In the deep darkness The highest privilege his father said He was usually speaking of death of course The congregant’s soul had entered the Holy of Holies Jack sometimes called this life he had lived prevenient death He had learned that for all its comforts and discomforts its stark silence first of all there was clearly no reprieve from doing harm It’s easy to see what any man would find attractive about Miss Della Miles young and lovely poised and thoughtful this daughter of a Memphis based Methodist Bishop received a college education and fulfilled her dream of moving to St Louis in order to teach English at Sumner High the first high school for African American students west of the Mississippi River As for Jack Boughton he’s an ex con a drunk and by his own description an old white bum whose only stated goal in life is an aspiration to harmlessness rarely achieved So despite being raised “to develop self sufficiency in the Negro race by the practice of separatism” and despite anti miscegenation laws that could see Della jailed for their relationship a bit of shared poetry and exaggerated gallantry are somehow enough for this young woman to risk losing her family job and freedom in order to be with the strange white man who has taken to roaming her neighbourhood at night causing a stir in the community that reaches her family back in Memphis As an actual human woman living with these stakes I don’t see why Della would look twice at the scarecrow with the frayed cuffs and the whisky breath but to Marilynne Robinson’s purpose Della is a symbol of God’s grace towards the fallen Jack than an actual person and again I feel slightly offended on Della’s behalf only partly related to race According to the most relevant definition I could find grace is the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it”; and boy does Jack work hard at rejecting love and mercy As in the other books that I’ve read in this series this volume has several scenes with ministers and the children of ministers discussing Christian doctrine all while the doctrine in action plays out in the background and in case I’m making this sound like it belongs in the Christian Fiction section of a bookstore these discussions are philosophical than missionary I was struck by Jack’s use of the word “prevenient” in that last passage a word I had never heard before and discovered that it is often used by Calvinists — as in “prevenient grace” — to explain free will or if one prefers “free won’t” and that knowledge furthered my understanding of what Robinson was trying to achieve here And as I am nothing like a Calvinist it's all fascinating to the parts of my brain that are interested in anthropology and culture; people don't need to live on the other side of the world from me for me to be interested in how they live and what they believe He let her look not even lowering his eyes He was waiting to see what she would make of him And then he would be what she made of him Taken as a straight story the plot points of Jack’s life and actions are compelling and affecting; this is a well written tale that completely captures postwar America and its ongoing struggles with racial and social euality But of course Marilynne Robinson’s focus here isn’t solely on the historical details of her plot over the course of the Gilead series she has been exploring and demonstrating the tenets of Christian faith and this elevated intention does serve to elevate the whole project — you know you’re reading something with heft and purpose I was made to care for Jack and I was rooting for him to find salvation in the secular sense; I just wish that Della felt like Jack’s partner than God’s instrument