When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays

Front Cover
Center Point Pub., 2012 - Fiction - 302 pages
32 Reviews

Since the 1981 publication of Marilynne Robinson's novel, Housekeeping, she has built a sterling reputation not only as a writer of sharp, subtly moving prose, but also as a rigorous thinker and incisive essayist.

In this new collection she returns to the themes, which have preoccupied her work: the role of faith in modern life, the inadequacy of fact, and the contradictions inherent in human nature. Clear-eyed and forceful as ever, Robinson demonstrates once again why she is regarded as a modern rhetorical master.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: When I Was a Child I Read Books

User Review  - Rick Wilcox - Goodreads

If you look up "The Catcher in the Rye" on Goodreads, you will find this quote at the top of the list: "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author ... Read full review

Review: When I Was a Child I Read Books

User Review  - ♥ Ibrahim ♥ - Goodreads

I expected to read a sweet story of her life since the book says "when I was a child…." but no. These were essays that I tried to so hard to make sense out of. It wasn't easy read. On page 6, she ... Read full review

All 3 reviews »

About the author (2012)

MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the author of the novels Home, Gilead-- winner of the Pulitzer Prize-- and Housekeeping, and three books of non-fiction, Mother Country, The Death of Adam and Absence of Mind. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Bibliographic information