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
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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)
Gilead is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2005)and the National Book Critics Circle Award (2005)
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374153892
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In 1956, toward the end of Rev. John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. This is also the tale of wisdom forged during his solitary life and how history lives through generations, pervasively present even when betrayed and forgotten. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0374153892
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux November 2004, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. The setting of this story is Gilead, a small town somewhere in Iowa, 1956. The characters: our protagonist and narrator, the aged Reverend John Ames, son and grandson of pastors likewise named; his father, a devout pacifist; his grandfather, a fiery warrior of an abolitionist. What unfolds is a memoir intended for the young and only son Ames will leave behind, the only inheritance his son will own besides sixty years of written sermons. As Rev. Ames relates the contours of his life -- the tensions between his grandfather and father and the tensions of the two of them within his own soul, his love for his long pastorate and his beloved second wife and son -- we are caught up in a progression of unassuming detail and later disclosure of its complexity and weight. The plotline is minimal yet compelling, carried along by apparently rambling reflection brimming with wisdom and deft human portraiture. Robinson's long-awaited second novel (after her widely-praised first, Housekeeping, written over twenty years ago) is unabashedly and disarmingly religious. There is no ''text'' and ''subtext,'' only a vision of the splendor emerging from places and relationships honestly and lovingly described. 247 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 21147
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Book Description Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Signed by author Marilynne Robinson, in black in on title page. FSG 2004 First American Edition, First Printing. Fine/fine. Brand new and unread. Flawless light gold hardboards with gold half-cloth; corners sharp. Textblock clean, tight, square, unmarked, unread. Unclipped pictorial dj, flawless, with original price on dust jacket flap. Protected in clear archival Brodart wrapper. Packaged with care and shipped in a box to arrive in best condition. Complete satisfaction guarantee; no sale is final until you are satisfied. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 120724-3