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Gentle and profound story,
This review is from: Gilead (Paperback)
I don't normally go for American novels, but bought this after hearing extracts of it read aloud on a course - the language conveys the narrator's appreciation of the beauty of everyday scenes. It is the thoughts of a elderly minister in a small town "on the edge of the great plains", written for his young son by an unexpected late marriage. Somehow, with very little direct action ), he spins a story of faith, integrity and love that draws the reader in. Current hopes and fears are linked through three generations, from the 1950s (where the story is set)back to the civil war. The dilemma of whether justice can be achieved through violence is explored compassionately, with no slick answers.