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Jack by Marilynne Robinson

To read a novel by Marilynne Robinson is to step into a god-haunted world. Hers is a universe both recognisable and brilliant with strangeness, where glory and mystery abound, where revelation is never finished and souls are argued over with the greatest of gravity. At once mythic in scale and deeply attentive to the textures of this world, Robinson’s novels are full of people for whom notions of grace, redemption, and salvation are not abstractions but aspirations – people who, as Robinson once wrote of herself, look to Galilee for meaning.




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November 2012, no. 346

Letters to the Editor

True grit Dear Editor, Melinda Harvey’s piece on Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel (October 2012) is precisely the kind of review that makes a…

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May 2012, no. 341

The Histrionic

‘An admired talent for the theatre / Even when I was small / A man born of the stage you see / Histrionic / Setting…

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February 2011, no. 328

Here on Earth: An argument for hope by Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery’s books are not known for their uplifting qualities. The Future Eaters (1994) and The Eternal Frontier (2001) both relate the rapid extermination of…

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