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In 1956, as a minister approaches the end of his life, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.
Publisher: [New York] : Macmillan Audio, 2005
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427224385
Additional Contributors: Jerome, Timothy

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Sep 24, 2020

I've tried twice over the years to get into this book and still consider it a waste of time to me. I'm extremely hard to please, so my list looks like I've read hundreds of book (or audiobooks) that I fairly quickly stopped reading. I know there's a name for the style of writing that some authors use - he said, bla bla bla, she said, bla bla bla, continually, ceaselessly. The term escapes me. If an author cannot find the manner to convey the person speaking without the use of 'she said' I consider them very poor indeed.

I cannot fathom an attempt to try any other books she's written regardless of praise or awards. Mind numbing bore.

Jun 20, 2016

As a religious nonbeliever, I was unexpectedly absorbed by Marilynne Robinson's tale of one man's self-examination of grace and faith. I suspect it's because, underneath all the religious baggage of supernatural nonsense and what I can only describe as a pervasive anti-critical mindset, I'm attracted to the humanistic side of the believer's search for meaning. After all, the familiar story of love and loss and love again is universal. The novel's narrator, John Ames, and I (and Ms. Robinson to some degree, I'm betting) all seek a similar truth in life. I just happen to start from a different viewpoint.

Gilead is also one of the best written books I've come across this year. I challenge any committed reader to read the first few chapters and not be moved by the writing.

Jun 05, 2014

This is a beautiful and powerful love note from father to son that is weighted by forgiveness, acceptance, willingness to learn and change, and with blessings to all for a beautiful life. A great read for anyone looking for kind words during hard times, or for spiritual inquiry. I do not recommend reading this simultaneously with Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, like I did. OR maybe that was just the best idea ever?


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