[Milton-L] Milton Mentioned . . .

Sara van den Berg vandens at slu.edu
Sat Oct 4 23:32:34 EDT 2014


I have always been a fan of Diane Johnson's fiction, but *Lila* is the work
of Marilynne Robinson--another terrific writer.

Sara van den Berg

On Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <
horacejeffery at gmail.com> wrote:

> I just noticed that I neglected to provide a link, but I have the link in
> today's blog entry:
>
>
> http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.kr/2014/10/miltons-satan-how-awful-goodness-is.html
>
> Jeffery Hodges
>
> On Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 2:11 AM, Nancy Charlton <
> charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Today's NYT Book Reviews has a full and lovely review of "Lila" by Diane
>> Johnson. This paragraph stood out to me:
>>
>> Central to all the novel’s characters are matters of high literary
>> seriousness — the basic considerations of the human condition; the moral
>> problems of existence; the ache of being abandoned; the struggles of the
>> aging; the role of the Bible and God in daily life. It’s courageous of
>> Robinson to write about faith at a time when associations with religion are
>> so often negative and violent. And goodness, a property Midwesterners like
>> to think of as a regional birthright, is even harder than piety to convey
>> without succumbing to the temptation to charge it with sanctimony or
>> hypocrisy. That is not the effect of this lovely narrative.
>>
>> It sounds to /me as if the last Miltonic word on this book might be from
>> III.470-71: O Goodness infinite, Goodness immense,/ That all this good of
>> evil shall produce. ..."
>>
>> In any event I'll read "Lila."
>>
>>
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/books/review/lila-by-marilynne-robinson.html?emc=edit_bk_20141003&nl=books&nlid=25711871&_r=0
>>
>> Nancy Charlton
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <
>> horacejeffery at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Wyatt Mason interviews Marilynne Robinson and reports back in "The
>>> Revelations of Marilynne Robinson" (*NYT*, October 1, 2014), in which
>>> there is a brief allusion to Milton:
>>>
>>> The drama of how a human mind can become an inhospitable home to its
>>> owner is old and well documented. “The mind is its own place,” Milton gives
>>> Satan to say in “Paradise Lost,” “and in itself can make a heaven of hell,
>>> a hell of heaven.” But in Robinson’s new novel, that drama is renewed,
>>> Robinson managing her most daring, as she would put it, testimony. If, in
>>> “Gilead,” Lila is mentioned by name only once by her reverend husband, the
>>> 77-year-old John Ames, in “Lila,” we now hear from the woman herself.
>>>
>>>
>>> This seems to be Mason's musing, but he applies it to Robinson's writing
>>> in her recent novel, *Lila*.
>>>
>>> Jeffery Hodges
>>>
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>>>
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>>>
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>>>
>>>
>>> Doctoral Thesis: "Food as Synecdoche in the Gospel of John and Gnostic
>>> Texts"
>>>
>>>
>>> Ph.D., History, U.C. Berkeley
>>> M.A., History of Science, U.C. Berkeley
>>> B.A., English Language and Literature, Baylor University
>>>
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