Gilead Paperback – 2 Feb 2006
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...a country of mystical sunsets, abandoned shacks, storms that could have come out of the book of Job, snowstorms that that can take your life within a few feet of your own front door, and wild rivers in which one can be baptized. I said Marilynne Robinson's prose was like clear, cold water and so it is - and sometimes it is about water too - you are never far from its cleansing, chilly power, or from the mysterious rush of the wind, sounding like the ocean in a region impossibly far from any sea. (Peter Hitchens Mail Online)
Her poetic, almost biblical style of writing...flows like clear cold water and is full of quiet power while remaining oddly conversational... People say they love these books, and I can see why. Quite how they can do so without discerning within them a serious, deep, patient but modest defence of the Christian proposition, I do not know. (Peter Hitchens Mail Online)
Gilead is no less a masterpiece than Housekeeping (Sunday Times)
Stunning... there are gems on every page of Gilead, but it is the whole construction that marks it as a great work (Daily Telegraph)
The slow pulse of Robinson's writing slows the reader's eye and mind, and creates in the reading process a literary version of the narrator's spiritual experience. Gilead reminds us that words have power to spare, to forgive, to do justice (Independent)
A novel as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering. (Kirkus Review)
From the author of Housekeeping, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of America's finest writers. Chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the top 6 novels of 2004. 'A beautiful novel: wise, tender and perfectly measured' Sarah WatersSee all Product Description
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I admit I was worried for the first 40 or so pages that this was going to be a beautifully written but ultimately boring read. Indeed was almost certain my `if you don't like it by page 80 put it down' rule was going to come into play but it didn't. Page 80 was suddenly 20, 40, 60 pages behind me and the prose was taking me along with it on its meandering delightful journey. Robinson's prose is possibly some of the most beautifully written prose I have the pleasure of turning pages too and undoubtedly is what kept me going to what is quite an ending (that is all I will say about the ending) and the final page.
Now it's rare that a book can make me emotional but this one did. I don't know if it's because I myself have looked after someone who is terminally ill or just the prose and the way Robinson puts you into the mind of a dying man but passages such as this set me off.Read more ›
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Execrable religiously inspired nonsense. A real page-turner.Published 1 month ago by Robert Robinson
I can’t think of a good thing to say about this book aside from the fact that it is relatively short, just 282 pages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike H
An old spiritual hymn says, "There is a balm in Gilead to soothe the sin-sick soul." Gilead, the mountainous region of the hymn, and Gilead, Iowa, might seem as removed as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
Brilliantly written but the endless.navel gazing gets a bit tiresome even though one is disappointed when it finishes because you hope he gains the enlightenment he deserves. Read morePublished 2 months ago by rexyrooster