The Givenness of Things: Essays

The Givenness of Things: Essays


WITH A TWO-PART INTERVIEW among MARILYNNE ROBINSON AND PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT FIRST seemed within the NEW YORK evaluate OF BOOKS

A Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the paintings of the Essay
One of TIME magazine's most sensible Nonfiction Books of the Year

The spirit of our occasions can seem to be one in every of joyless urgency. As a tradition we've got turn into much less drawn to the exploration of the wonderful brain, and extra drawn to growing and studying applied sciences that might yield fabric overall healthiness. yet whereas cultural pessimism is usually stylish, there's nonetheless a lot to offer us wish. In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson grants an impassioned critique of our modern society whereas arguing that reverence has to be given to who we're and what we're: creatures of singular curiosity and cost, regardless of our blunders and depredations.

Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her novels, together with the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award-winning Lila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her new essay assortment she trains her incisive brain on our smooth concern and the mysteries of religion. those seventeen essays study the tips that experience encouraged and provoked one among our most interesting writers all through her lifestyles. even if she is investigating how the paintings of the good thinkers of the prior, Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer--and Shakespeare--can infuse our lives, or calling awareness to the increase of the self-declared elite in American non secular and political existence, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on reveal. beautiful and ambitious, The Givenness of Things is an important demand us to discover knowledge and information in our cultural history, and to provide grace to at least one another.

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