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 is a book of such meditative calm, such spiritual intensity that is seems miraculous that her silence was only for 23 years; such measure of wisdom is the fruit of a lifetime. Robinson's prose, ...Read MoreIn 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 is a book of such meditative calm, such spiritual intensity that is seems miraculous that her silence was only for 23 years; such measure of wisdom is the fruit of a lifetime. Robinson's prose, aligned with the sublime simplicity of the language of the bible, is nothing short of a benediction. You might not share its faith, but it is difficult not to be awed moved and ultimately humbled by the spiritual effulgence that lights up the novel from within' Neel Mukherjee, The Times 'Writing of this quality, with an authority as unforced as the perfect pitch in music, is rare and carries with it a sense almost of danger - that at any moment, it might all go wrong. In Gilead, however, nothing goes wrong' Jane Shilling, Sunday TelegraphRead Less
Fine in good dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF THIS PULITZER PRIZE WINNING NOVEL + VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH MINOR TEAR TO THE BACK OF THE DUST JACKET + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT, PROTECTED BY A MYLAR COVER; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988,... Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 247 p. Audience: General/trade.
Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket. 8vo; , 247,  pages. 0002005883. An impeccable First Edition/Later Printing in Very Fine condition in alike dustjacket. The Canadian Edition was issued three weeks prior to the US Edition; Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winning Gilead is Marilynne Robinson's second novel after "Housekeeping" and is the immensely moving account of Reverend John Ames of Gilead, Iowa, a grandson and son of preachers. Ames, now in his seventies, hasn't much time left to tell his young son about his heritage and begins to write it all down.
Fine in very good dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF THIS PULITZER PRIZE WINNING NOVEL + VERY GOOD CONDITION WITH PREVIOUS OWNER'S NAME AND ADDRESS ON FRONT END PAG + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT, PROTECTED BY A MYLAR COVER; COLLECTING BOOKS... Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 247 p. Audience: General/trade.
VG+/VG+. 8vo in tan boards with tan quartercloth spine. DJ is pictorial light green front, spine is tan and brown pattern with green strip, title on green in black. Inscribed by the author on main title page. Light rubbing to bottom edge of boards. DJ has moderate wear to both top and bottom edges, book otherwise in excellent condition. 247 pp. Shelved H/C Fiction. Dupont.
Near Fine in Very Good jacket. Signed by Author Signed by the author on the title page with no date or inscription. Pages are clean, crisp and bright; no owners' marks; binding is square and tight, hard cover only very lightly rubbed at the spine heel, otherwise excellent. Jacket has a thin line of wear along the right rear and some small chips at the spine ends and corners, as well as one tiny drip mark on the back, but remains unclipped and is now protected in a clear sleeve.
NF jacket. Signed. Signed by author. Not personalized. In very good condition. Minor discoloration of back board and tail edge. Bit of wear at DJ corners. Unclipped DJ. No remainder mark. Attractive book with some signs of use. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA.
Very Good+ in Near Fine jacket. Stated First Edition with full number line. Signed and dated by the author on the title page. Interior clean and unmarked. Small, faint stain on the top edge. Binding tight, square. Dust jacket is clean and bright with a slight hint of edge wear. A very attractive copy.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Oct 23, 2008
Wonderful heartfelt read
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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