A book with many beautiful moments that flows along mellifluously, full of delightful piety. A must for all Christians and the rest of us miserable sinners too. In a text full of charm, Rev John Ames is writing to his seven year old son as he knows he has not long to live. Interestingly the author wrote her first novel, Housekeeping, in 1981. This, 25 years later, is her second. It was certainly worth waiting for, a perfect book.
Comparison: None but try Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Paulo Coelho, Mark Haddon.
Similar this month: None but try Margaret Forster or Helen Oyeyemi.
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, 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 Telegraph
Publication date: 02/02/2006
Publisher: Time Warner Books
|Publication date:||2nd February 2006|
|Publisher:||Time Warner Books|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Marilynne Robinson was born in 1947. Her first novel, Housekeeping (1981) received the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel as well as being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.More About Marilynne Robinson