The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson audiobook

The Givenness of Things: Essays

By Marilynne Robinson
Read by Coleen Marlo

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10.10 Hours Unabridged
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A Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay One of TIME magazine's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations. Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her novels, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern predicament and the mysteries of faith. These seventeen essays examine the ideas that have inspired and provoked one of our finest writers throughout her life. Whether she is investigating how the work of the great thinkers of the past, Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer—and Shakespeare—can infuse our lives, or calling attention to the rise of the self-declared elite in American religious and political life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on display. Exquisite and bold, The Givenness of Things is a necessary call for us to find wisdom and guidance in our cultural heritage, and to offer grace to one another.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

A Time Magazine Top 10 Book of 2015 for Nonfiction

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

The spirit of our times can appear to be one of joyless urgency. As a culture we have become less interested in the exploration of the glorious mind, and more interested in creating and mastering technologies that will yield material well-being. But while cultural pessimism is always fashionable, there is still much to give us hope. In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson delivers an impassioned critique of our contemporary society while arguing that reverence must be given to who we are and what we are: creatures of singular interest and value, despite our errors and depredations.

Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her novels, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern predicament and the mysteries of faith. These seventeen essays examine the ideas that have inspired and provoked one of our finest writers throughout her life. Whether she is investigating how the work of the great thinkers of the past, Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer—and Shakespeare—can infuse our lives, or calling attention to the rise of the self-declared elite in American religious and political life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on display. Exquisite and bold, The Givenness of Things is a necessary call for us to find wisdom and guidance in our cultural heritage, and to offer grace to one another.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A sense of wonder pervades the powerful essays in The Givenness of Things…Timely and important.” New York Times Book Review
Robinson…brings both her formidable intellect and powers of plain speaking to deliver a clarion call against the culture of fear that she believes is eating away at American society.” Christian Science Monitor
“Robinson’s genius is for making indistinguishable the highest ends of faith and fiction.” Bookforum
“Eloquent, persuasive, and rigorously clear.” Publishers Weekly
“These bravely and brilliantly argued, gorgeously composed, slyly witty, profoundly caring essays lead us into the richest dimensions of consciousness and conscience, theology and mystery, responsibility and reverence.” Booklist
“Coleen Marlo may have the most beautiful and rich voice in the audiobook world. It’s always a pleasure to listen to her. When Marilynne Robinson focuses on contemporary concerns, this production all comes together—with Robinson’s thoughtfulness combined with Marlo’s smooth and sincere reading.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Marilynne Robinson

Author Bio: Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is a recipient of the 2017 Chicago Tribune Literary Award for lifetime achievement. She has received the 2016 Library of Congress Prize of American Fiction and a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” She is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English