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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
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Jul 01, 08

bookshelves: the-books-of-2008, bookclub-picks
Read in June, 2008

Well... this is the second time I've picked this up to read it (having come highly recommended, I was looking forward to it) and the second time I've put it back down disinterested. Maybe it's my frame of mind, because I keep thinking that this is the kind of book I should like, I usually do like. But right now, it's not. At all. It just seems to drag interminably and though the writing is all right and has some nice, insightful passages, I just had such a hard time dealing with the 'nothing ever actually happens' issue. The narrator, an old, heart-troubled preacher, writes to his young son, knowing he won't be around much longer. Sometimes he tells about events that happened in his past, but a lot of it is thoughtful musing and I just couldn't be interested in it. I skipped to the end, hoping that I could glean something from the summation (stuck-up, I know, for someone who hasn't read it in its entirety), but I didn't find anything compelling about it. It probably should have been one I loved and ate and wanted to share. But it's not and when I finally said to myself "I don't want to read this anymore," I had to just put it down.

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Rachel Wagner Sorry you didn't like it. It is definitely an odd book. I liked it but I can see why others would find it slow. It's kind of like reading a journal of an ordinary person with an ordinary life but it worked for me. On to the next book!

Raelene I know. I feel like I should have liked it. That it really is a book that I WOULD like. And I feel a little bit bad that I didn't. Odd, eh?

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