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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, thought-provoking, beautifully written...
Gilead is a superb novel. It's a book that grows in stature and interest as it proceeds - it is the journal of a man who is coming to the end of his life, written specifically for his young son. His son is the child of a second marriage - his first wife and child died - and he married his much younger second wife late, and so is an old man (77) with a young son...
Published on 12 Jan. 2006 by tillyschneider

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3.0 out of 5 stars leisurely paced, touching
"Gilead" is Marilynne Robinson's second novel, written more than 20 years after "Housekeeping," which drew much critical acclaim as well as the 1981 PEN/Hemingway Award. "Gilead" takes the form of a long letter written in 1956 by a dying 76-year-old pastor to his 7-year-old son in the small town of Gilead, Iowa. The novel is very leisurely paced (think of Wendell Berry at...
Published on 30 Nov. 2004 by A. C. Walter


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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable things to consider, 19 July 2011
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Recommended to me by a friend I found this book a moving and compelling read. A novel with such a voice of reality that I could Feel John Ames was speaking directly to me. It is truly a book of "remarkable things to consider".
I heartily recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great quality, 26 Jan. 2015
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great quality, was sent 2 copies though (?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service, 16 Feb. 2015
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Delivered quickly - exactly as described
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Mar. 2008
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The author's first work of fiction since Housekeeping, published in 1981 (which won the PEN/Hemingway award). The book takes the form of a long letter/diary written in 1956 by a Congregationalist Minister, the Reverend John Ames, some time before his death. It is set in the (fictional) town of Gilead in the state of Iowa. At the time of writing, Rev Ames is 76 and late in life, has become father to a son. This long letter is intended in a way, as a legacy to his son, in which he imparts his wisdom and his philosophy on how to live a Christian or maybe more accurately, an honourable life. It is a very wise book. So much so, that even the narrative voice in my head as I read it, was that of Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption. Freeman's iconic voice used so much to great effect in film, has become synonymous with wisdom gained from experience. For a father, it is a wonderful reminder if needs be of the blessing that children are and how one should honour ones children. The Rev Ames remarks at one point that the love that you feel for your child is the love that God feels for mankind. The Rev Ames gives his views on life, theology and the scriptures, and the horror of war through the telling of various stories. What comes to dominate the book is Rev Ames' doubts about his best friend's son, Jack Boughton and his struggles with his own conscience about his feelings towards him and his distrust of his character. Difficult questions of theology abound like "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us". This is very much a book about fathers and sons. Ames is in a way, a father to more than his own son and reminds us in any case that we are all ultimately the sons of God. This book is beautifully written in a very biblical style as befits its narrator, the Rev Ames. It is also tender, wise and in parts, very moving - the ending particularly so, as Ames and the reader come to a surprising realisation about Jack Boughton. Ames is perfectly and fully realised as a character. The writing of this book must have been its own reward, but it also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 and the PEN/Hemingway award.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 7 Dec. 2009
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Time from my life I will never get back! Tedious, dry and (if I'm being honest) a complete dirge of a book. Not the great American novel I was hoping for, and not even a compelling read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read. Still assimilating, 20 April 2015
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A good read. Still assimilating .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Nov. 2014
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arrived promptly, would recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Oct. 2014
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A great book for a great price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A moral read, 3 Oct. 2014
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Clever book but very slow pace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Nov. 2014
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Another great buy - thank you
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