What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson

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What Are We Doing Here? Read Online Free - New essays on theological, political, and contemporary themes, by the Pulitzer Prize winner

Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display. What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake American political and cultural life as "deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still."

Title : What Are We Doing Here?
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ISBN : 0374282218
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

February 20, 2018

This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvinism, and Cro...

Kathleen rated it ★★★☆☆

February 17, 2018

My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays — essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness — have to offer an increasingly secular countr...

Tashfin rated it ★★★★★

December 22, 2017

I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions of the factor...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

March 06, 2018

I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I’ll be brief. If you’re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates—Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.—then yeah, you might find this book unenjoyable, but als...

Chris rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 20, 2018

What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyone lived by...

Sharon rated it ★★★★☆

February 04, 2018

This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teaching of the...

Marina rated it ★★★☆☆

February 09, 2018

This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to read more t...

Jonathan rated it ★★★★★

March 14, 2018

Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concerns at the fo...

Adam rated it ★★★☆☆

March 07, 2018

Short Review: I picked this up because of James KA Smith's review in Comment. That review is excellent. This book I think is less than excellent. I really do love Robinson's writing. She is a great writer and a wide ranging thinker. I love how wide ranging she is. At one point she is talking abou...

Mary rated it ★★★★☆

March 03, 2018

Marilynne Robinson’s writings are something of an acquired taste, and this collection of 15 essays drawn mostly from her recent lectures at various universities and religious institutions is no exception. The essays focus on issues at the forefront of the humanities and interweave her wide-rangin...

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