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message 1: by Nathan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:33AM) (new)

Nathan Thank you for such a brave, wonderful review of this novel! I just picked it up the other day and can't wait to get started on it!

message 2: by Kenyon (new)

Kenyon Harbison GREAT review. I'm halfway through Gilead and LOVING it. And the fact that you mentioned Laurie Colwin as among the few who have written well and truly of happiness, shows you to be man who knows of what he speaks.

message 3: by Angie (new)

Angie What a thoughtful and perceptive review. Thank you for condensing the messages of this remarkable book so successfully. "...a ray of light, quietly penetrating to the heart of mysteries regarding joy and love, life and death." Perfect!

message 4: by Karen (new)

Karen Boothroyd Wonderful review. I have just finished the book and have a hard time describing it to friends. "A soft meditation on life" is the closest I could come to as a one-liner.

message 5: by Gochrisgo (new)

Gochrisgo "Quietly penetrating ray of sunlight" is a great slant on this novel of ideas.

message 6: by Connie (last edited Jul 20, 2014 02:07PM) (new)

Connie Schulte I am still reading this wonderful book, and treasure each meditation on the narrator's life and beliefs as they help me look at my own life in a different way. The narrator is content with his life: something I, in my old age, have been striving for. We seldom recognize true happiness when we have it, and I think Contentment is undervalued in our culture.

message 7: by Carrie (new)

Carrie  Valentin Thank you for a fabulous review. I love this profound book and will re-read it over and over again.

message 8: by Connie (new)

Connie Schulte As will I. She has other books, but I believe this is her best.

message 9: by Joyce (new)

Joyce Amazing review.

message 10: by Ben (new)

Ben Winch I think it was Goethe who said (I'm paraphrasing) that there are two ways to be a great writer, either by embracing life as a whole or by embracing the darker side of life. Many, he said, were simply not capable of the former.

I think there's some truth in this, and I think you're very right in identifying the inability to depict happiness as a common failing among authors. Unfortunately, Western culture seems to fetishise suffering, as if only in suffering lies wisdom, thus encouraging the glut of "feel bad" writing.

Anyway, if Gilead is in opposition to this then it's well worth my time and I thank you for convincing me of the fact.

message 11: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Frederici Fabulous review, I don't think I could articulate my feelings as well as you have after reading it ever so slowly. I kept putting it down to think about what I had read.

message 12: by Heather (new)

Heather A beautifully written review and a pleasure to read. Your insights are spot-on.

message 13: by Heather (new)

Heather A beautifully written review and a pleasure to read. Your insights are spot-on.

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