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bayoubengals88
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Best critic or critique of this age?
Marilynne Robinson

The Death of Adam

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In this award-winning collection, the bestselling author of Gilead offers us other ways of thinking about history, religion, and society. Whether rescuing "Calvinism" and its creator Jean Cauvin from the repressive "puritan" stereotype, or considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by Midwestern abolitionists, or the divide between the Bible and Darwinism, Marilynne Robinson repeatedly sends her reader back to the primary texts that are central to the development of American culture but little read or acknowledged today.

A passionate and provocative celebration of ideas, the old arts of civilization, and life's mystery, The Death of Adam is, in the words of Robert D. Richardson, Jr., "a grand, sweeping, blazing, brilliant, life-changing book."
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Plague on Wheels
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re: Best critic or critique of this age?
May not be what you're looking for, but Kurt Vonnegut was pretty good at this.


bayoubengals88
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re: Best critic or critique of this age?
I’ve got to read him at some point...


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Muthsera
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re: Best critic or critique of this age?
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Marilynne Robinson


I've read a little about her and her works, and I'm still not sure what her ethos is.

Gilead is usually summarized as a defense of/redefining of Calvanism, but is this because she's a staunch Calvinist and is proselytizing? Or is it merely because the movement is of historical interest to her?

It received a particularly strong recommendation from Barack Obama (don't mean to make this political in any way), think he called it one of his favorite books ever, which made me think it was all about empathetic perspective over arguments of doctrine, but I also don't think I'm interested enough in it to find out regardless.


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