The Death of Adam

The Death of Adam

Essays on Modern Thought

Book - 1998
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"In the tradition of nineteenth-century novelists who turned to the essay, Marilynne Robinson offers an authoritative approach to refining the ideas our culture has handed down to us. Whether considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by midwestern abolitionists; how creationism, "long owned by the Religious Right," has spurred on contemporary Darwinism; or how John Calvin, who was a Frenchman in Geneva, points to America's continental origins, Robinson writes with great conviction."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998
ISBN: 9780395926925
Branch Call Number: 973.92 ROBINSON
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 24 cm


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srmechs Nov 27, 2014

I have not read all of this book, because the writing, which is excellent, is too intense for me. I can't cope with the energy I feel as I read it. However, I would disagree with the preceding comment -- that Christianity is the only achievement of humanity according to her. She has no problem criticizing Christians who distort religion into a sect or those who adapt Christianity to the economic system. As one who has lived in a convent for over 50 years, I agree with her. I just wish I had the stamina to take on the whole book.

Mar 10, 2012

It seems that the only achievement of humanity in Marilynne Robinson's view is christianity. Everything else - science, Darwinism, modern thought - is a plague of our condition. Her logic is supported by emotional indignation and lines from scripture. Her book is full of spiteful comments even though she is an advocate of compassion, generosity, piety, good naturedness. She is an old-fashioned moralist and although some of her feelings about the culture and health of our arts can be easily shared, this caustic book is the waste of M.R.' incredible language talent.

Jul 15, 2010

This is a fine collection of Robinson's essays.


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