Moultonborough Public Library Event Calendar


Date: 5/25/2017
Time: 10:30 AM -
Title: Friends of the Library Book Discussion
Contact: ,
Location: Program Room
Description:
Lila
by Marilyn Robinson
 
The convention of the impoverished and abandoned or neglected child is almost a staple in Western literature. Think about Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, Anne Shirley or Harry Potter. Like these children, Lila is vulnerable and isolated until her protector rescues her. A poor drifter, Doll feeds Lila’s body and soul in the same limited manner in which she cares for herself. As she becomes a young woman, Lila comes to the attention of a much older man, the widowed preacher, John Ames. The minister is capable of a consistent loving kindness that Lila has never known. In her married life with Ames, Lila is haunted by images from her past; yet she still experiences both grace and redemption. Set in a rural Midwestern small town during the 1930’sthrough 1950’s, this is a simple and symbolic American landscape in which the bible and a spare Christianity inform the thinking of daily life.
Dr. Linda Brion-Miesels, Professor Emerita of Psychology at Lesley University, who lead our 2016 discussion of The Bell Jar, will return to Moultonborough to discuss the relationships in Robinson’s beautifully written novel. 
...Susan Merrifield

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