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Gilead (2004)

av Marilynne Robinson

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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.
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A look back at a life in small-town midwestern America in the early 20th century, told in letters from a dying old man to his young son. At turns kind and critical, pompous and humble, generous and petty, focused on minutia and on eternity, the story, although it often stalls out from tedium, is ultimately deeply affecting and uplifting. I enjoyed it. ( )
  RandyRasa | Dec 3, 2020 |
Fantastically Written, Powerfully Simple

I will start off by saying that this book is not my general "style". I prefer narrative heavy works more than highly character driven. That said, the writing in Gilead is fantastic and had me highlighting phrases to come back to, either for their meaning or their beauty. The story, such as it is, is heartbreaking sad and somberly joyful. I do wish more resolution came at parts, but I guess that too is true to life. ( )
  b_coli | Nov 25, 2020 |
This was so beautiful. You will keep wanting to go back to the paragraph you just read and capturing it into your mind forever. It is no way an easy or quick read, it is not meant to be, you are supposed to read it slowly, little by little, and immerse yourself in the beautiful prose and the life of the lovable John Ames.

The protagonist was so ordinary, so flawed, so honest, you cannot help but relate to him at some point or the other. It does not matter what your faith is, whether you are a devout Christain, an Athiest or Hindu or whatever, it is a beautiful feeling to understand the faith of Ames and how he turns to it at every pivotal moment of his life. Despite the overwhelmingly sad setting of the plot due to the impending death, you will not help but feel a sense of peace and calm and even at times smile and of course cry.
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  Akankshadsh | Oct 1, 2020 |
Such a beauty. It started slow and in one direction but soon shifted elsewhere. Loved his voice and worries, the life story, the prose
  davidwarwick | Sep 20, 2020 |
Sorry to say I could not get past 60 pages on this one. I had enough of the dull, rambling passages, overbearing religiosity, self important protagonist and lack of any semblance of plot. Pulitzer prize mu foot. ( )
  Misprint | Aug 31, 2020 |
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But in Gilead, Robinson is addressing the plight of serious people with a calm-eyed reminder of the liberal philosophical and religious traditions of a nation whose small towns "were once the bold ramparts meant to shelter peace", citing a tradition of intellectual discursiveness and a historical cycle that shifts from radical to conservative then back to radical again, and presenting, as if from the point of view of time's own blindness, an era when unthinkable things were happening but were themselves about to change unimaginably, for the better. It takes issue with the status quo by being a message, across generations, from a now outdated status quo. "What have I to leave you but the ruins of old courage, and the lore of old gallantry and hope?"
tillagd av melmore | ändraThe Guardian (UK), Ali Smith (Apr 15, 2005)
 
Gradually, Robinson's novel teaches us how to read it, suggests how we might slow down to walk at its own processional pace, and how we might learn to coddle its many fine details. Nowadays, when so many writers are acclaimed as great stylists, it's hard to make anyone notice when you praise a writer's prose. There is, however, something remarkable about the writing in 'Gilead.' It's not just a matter of writing well, although Robinson demonstrates that talent on every page [...] Robinson's words have a spiritual force that's very rare in contemporary fiction -- what Ames means when he refers to 'grace as a sort of ecstatic fire that takes things down to essentials.
tillagd av melmore | ändraNew York Times, James Wood (Nov 28, 2004)
 
Marilynne Robinson draws on all of these associations in her new novel, which -- let's say this right now -- is so serenely beautiful, and written in a prose so gravely measured and thoughtful, that one feels touched with grace just to read it. Gilead possesses the quiet ineluctable perfection of Flaubert's "A Simple Heart" as well as the moral and emotional complexity of Robert Frost's deepest poetry. There's nothing flashy in these pages, and yet one regularly pauses to reread sentences, sometimes for their beauty, sometimes for their truth: "Adulthood is a wonderful thing, and brief. You must be sure to enjoy it while it lasts."
tillagd av melmore | ändraWashington Post, Michael Dirda (Nov 21, 2004)
 

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For John and Ellen Summers, my dear father and mother.
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I told you last night that I might be gone sometime and you said, Where, and I said, To be with the Good Lord, and you said, Why, and I said, Because I'm old, and you said, I don't think you're old.
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It all means more than I can tell you. So you must not judge what I know by what I find words for.
But it has all been one day, that first day. Light is constant, we just turn over in it. So every day is in fact the selfsame evening and morning.
For me, writing has always felt like praying, even when I wasn't writing prayers, as I was often enough. You feel that you are with someone. I feel I am with you now, whatever that can mean, considering that you're only a little fellow now and when you're a man you might find these letters of no interest. Or they might never reach you for any number of reasons. Well, but how deeply I regret any sadness you have suffered and how grateful I am in anticipation of any good you have enjoyed. That is to say, I pray for you. And there's an intimacy in it. That's the truth.
I'm writing this in part to tell you that if you ever wonder what you've done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God's grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle. You may not remember me very well at all, and it may seem to you to be no great thing to have been the good child of an old man in a shabby little town you will no doubt leave behind. If only I had the words to tell you.
A little too much anger, too often or at the wrong time, can destroy more than you would ever imagine.
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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.

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