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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
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May 30, 14

really liked it

A slower, pondersome read, but a remarkable one. A series of letters from an dying father to his very young son, intended to someday provide the latter a better understanding of his missing dad. By design, this should be a tearjerker. It's not, but it certainly is a deeply spiritual, heartfelt piece of writing that by turns reveal the intellect, morals, faiths and frailties of the person described. Anecdote, philosophy and conviction freely intermingle in chapters that blend into each other. Hard not to admire the person who emerges from such candid writing.

This could have been dry, even boring. I admit it is slow at times. But the father figure and the life he has lived is so well fleshed out, so lovingly rendered that it's hard not to slow down as a reader to appreciate the small beauties of his tiny, fading corner of the world.

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