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Gilead: A Novel av Marilynne Robinson
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Gilead: A Novel (urspr publ 2004; utgåvan 2006)

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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Titel:Gilead: A Novel
Författare:Marilynne Robinson
Info:Picador (2006), Paperback, 256 pages
Samlingar:Lästa men inte ägda
Betyg:****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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A difficult book to read- an old preacher's life review. He discusses theology is a very deep manner which is at times, hard to follow. I do think there is some wisdom in there, but it is hard to grasp. It is also an examination of the father-son relationship and it is often sad. I do not know who would really appreciate this book. ( )
  ReluctantTechie | Feb 21, 2021 |
This book is in the form of a letter from a dying old minister to his young son. He wants to use the letter to impart on his son all the things he won't be able to tell him as he grows up, but the letter also ends up taking the form of a diary as he recounts his last months. The narrator, John Ames, is a wonderful character. He has gained a lot of wisdom is his long years, yet he is also full of humility and approaches the world with child-like wonder.

There is a lot to think about in this book. John Ames has some very profound things to say about Christianity, especially about Communion and grace and forgiveness. This is a wonderful book for reading and discussing with other people. It's also one that benefits from re-reading - I intend to read it again in a few years. ( )
  Gwendydd | Feb 21, 2021 |
I loved how the story is told as a free-flow rambling of an elderly man. But I could not connect with any of the characters - in fact, I had trouble keeping them all straight. The jumping timeline does not help. After about 50 pages I just gave up. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
I got the paperback at Goodwill

Around the year in 52 books challenge notes:
#14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
Just could not get into it. Didn't really care about the narrator and the rambling style was not engaging to me.
  RachellErnst | Jan 5, 2021 |
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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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