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Gilead

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In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears. 'It ... Show synopsis

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  • Gilead (Thorndike Press) – Hardcover (2005)
    by Marilynne Robinson

    Gilead

    Hardcover, Thorndike Press
    2005
    English
    Large type / large print.
    386 pages

    ISBN: 0786272015
    ISBN-13: 9780786272013

    A New York Times Bestseller A PEN/Hemingway Award-winning Author In 1956, towards the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forbears. The son of an Iowa preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition, Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father - an ardent pacifist - and his grandfather And he tells a story of the sacred bonds ... Show more

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Reviews of Gilead

Overall customer rating: 3.701
Inge

Read Gilead for sleep aid

by Inge on Dec 12, 2012

This book is an endurance test; the ramblings of a 76-year old preacher man, enlivened occasionally by small burps of humor or crankiness, culminating in a final chapter that delivers no major aha-moments, it felt like hard, but boring work. I read the whole thing because the reviews had been so positive, but now I kind of would like my hours back!

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marshmellow

help!

by marshmellow on Jan 5, 2012

i would love to be able to review GILEAD. however you shipped a spanish language edition! two yrs of hi school spanish just doesn't make it. want to send one in english?

John M

Great Book

by John M on Jan 27, 2011

I loved this book the first time I read five years ago, and loved it just as much rereading it recently. Have recommnded it and the author to everyone I know.

Ellyb

A Masterpiece

by Ellyb on Aug 23, 2009

Marilynne Robinson's "Gilead" is a beautiful, surprising work. The novel's structure is that of a letter written by an aging rural pastor to his young son. He knows he will be passing away before his son grows up, and wishes to write him his "begats," all those things which he would have imparted to his son as he grew up, had he lived. Throughout the novel, the narrator discusses his family's somewhat fraught political and religious history, and the schisms between fathers and sons that preceded him. Through these stories he tries his best to impart a sense of his faith and love to his young son, whom he holds so dear. However, sepulchral this is not. This is a rumination on joy, faith, and recognizing the sweet beauty of living. Savor the words in this novel rather than devouring or rushing through them. Give yourself the time and opportunity to be moved by Robinson's masterly depiction of real, pulsing, beating-in-the-arteries humanity. I am very glad that I did, because it's a rare book that can impart both a visceral sense of calm and a churning impulse to experience life.

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JeffB

Wonderful heartfelt read

by JeffB on Oct 23, 2008

I picked this book when I learned the author had written another book (Home) which is a companion book to Gliead. This story is well-written and is basically a letter written to a young son, whose father is dying and will not be there as the boy grows up. Not sentimental, but plain beautiful words.

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