Book Review: Gilead

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson (New York: Picador, 2004. 247 pp) Born in Sandpoint, Idaho, Marilynne Robinson earned her B.A. at Pembroke College and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. She currently teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has received numerous awards, notably the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Pulitzer Prize, and a National Humanities Medal. Exploring Literary I often struggle to explain the kind of literature I enjoy. On one hand, my tastes vary. I want this variety because it’s some sort of cliché resembling the spice of life. But even more, I believe variety helps me to be a well-rounded… Read More →

Book Review: Paterson

Paterson: Revised Edition by William Carlos Williams, prepared by Christopher MacGowan (New York: New Directions, 1992; originally published from 1946-1958. 320 pp) Born in Rutherford, New Jersey, William Carlos Williams studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. While his primary occupation was a family doctor, William Carlos Williams had a successful secondary career as a poet. Williams won the first National Book Award for Poetry and was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1963. Questioning Humanity A striking quality of much thought seems to surround the nature of humanity. Who are we? Why do we exist? What does life mean? Poets, lyricists, theologians, philosophers—they’ve all considered these questions from a myriad of angles. But isn’t it fascinating how… Read More →

Book Review: Blindness

Blindness by José Saramago; translated by Giovanni Pontiero (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.  672 pp.) José Saramago was a Nobel Prize-winning author from Portugal. He passed away at the age of 87 on June 18, 2010. Although Saramago did not receive widespread recognition until he was 60 years old, he has been highly prolific in the years since. Blindness, one of Saramago’s most highly regarded books was made into a major motion picture in 2008. He is survived by his wife Pilar Del Rio and a daughter from a previous marriage. Giovanni Pontiero (10 February 1932 – 10 February 1996) was a British scholar and translator of Portuguese fiction, most notably the works of José Saramago. His translation of… Read More →