In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears.
'It is a book of such meditative calm, such spiritual intensity that is seems miraculous that her silence was only for 23 years; such measure of wisdom is the fruit of a lifetime. Robinson's prose, aligned with the sublime simp
I prefer this picture for reading order: Home, Gilead, Lila. and Housekeeping can be anywhere among, before ot after them!(less)
Seriously, you are probably thinking, "I've heard this book takes the form of an elderly, angina-stricken preacher in Iowa's long, Lord-laden letter to his young son about how beautiful the world is. I'm sure it's all very nice for some people, but I am way too big of a jerk to enjoy something like that."
Well, let me ...more
Gilead is the story of a Protestant pastor, the Reverend John Ames, w ...more
At the beginning- I fantasized such a letter from my own father.
As a child I use to look up at the sky and wonder where he was - and yes-- talk to him
- and imagine him talking to me.
There are sentences that I read several times - the ones I thought about when walking - between reading sessions.
"I saw a full moon rising just as the sun was going down. Each of them standing on its edge, with the most wonderful light between them. It see ...more
In Gilead, Iowa, Rev John Ames is a 76yo preacher married to a much younger woman with whom he has a 7yo son. The time is the 50s and Rev writes this book to his son regretting that he will soon be dead while his son is still a child, so he wante ...more
Current location: Iowa
My reread of Marilynne Robinson's Gilead had me squirming the past two weeks like a child in church, enduring a boring sermon.
Boring? No, not boring. Deep, profound, and, at the time, very unwanted.
I've been feeling edgy and petulant these last two weeks. I actually pulled my mask off in a grocery store the other day, panting with claustrophobia. I've been agitated; and I certainly haven't been in the mood to listen to some dying man drone on and on ab ...more
The Too-Little-Too-Late Dilemma of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead
It’s deceptively tempting to approach a book like Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, and see only the main character’s theological musings. After all, in a novel about an old man reminiscing about faith and family, there’s a plethora of weighty spiritual content; everything from careful exegesis of Genesis 22 to references to Karl Barth’s Epistle to the Romans. Needless to say, this is no simple “I remember when…” fable of love an ...more
I found this quote written on a scrap of something in my purse. "I know more than I know and must learn it fr ...more
I can't help but wonder if this is the first plotless novel to win a Pulitzer. I'll be on the look out. The framework of the "story" is a dying minister writing in his diary presumably for his now 7 year old son to read after his death. The first person father writing to his son narrative was horrid. I felt like the entire book was one ...more
as much as a book can fit within this category, i think G ...more
What starts as a chronicle of his childhood memories and the life stories of his father and grandfather, also pastors, and the ongoing tensions between them about the use of religion to serve their ideals, progressively becomes an introspective, fragmented confession where the old man reveals his soul to the reader, but mostly, to him ...more
My guess is that after twenty years of not writing, ...more
Having read Olive Kitteridge and this, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Pulitzer committee is looking for books about bumbling old people whose kids may ...more
There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin sick soul.
Some times I feel discouraged,
And think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again. --Traditional African American spiritual.
Gilead is a novel in the form of a letter from a small town (Gilead, Iowa) Congregationalist minister John Ames, 77, to his 7 year old son, written in 1956 as he assumes he is near death from heart troubles so his son can, later, as ...more
As Ames details the closing days of his life, we see th ...more
So serenely beautiful, and written in a prose so gravely measured and thoughtful, that one feels touched with grace just to read it…A triumph of tone and imagination [and ...more
This is one of the most beautifully written love letters that I have ever come across. James Ames, a congregational minister has a heart condition and doesn’t believe that he will be living much longer, so he wants his son to know him, so this long love letter.
And when you google quotes on this book, the list is so long that you will realize the wealth of this book, that ...more
I understand the praise for this book. And I understand when people say that in fifty or one hundred years people will still be reading this book and finding something deeply human in it.
Gilead is ...more
Gilead is told in stream-of-consciousness style, following the thoughts and reflections of the small-town reverend John Ames, who has learned he has a heart condition and doesn't have long to live. John tells his story in the form of a letter to his young son, and the reader hears all kinds of reminsiscences from his long life, and also learns about ...more
Although set in 1956 the narrator's reflections flicker back and forth from the time of his grandfather - a pastor active in the abo ...more
This man incarnates everything I despise about religious blindness and righteousness. Even when the preacher tries to be honest, he always assumes that his absolute truth and morality can't be touched. He ultimately knows everything best, even though he might have made mistakes - some ...more
Gilead (winner of 2005 Pulitzer for fiction) is written as a letter from a 76-year-old Congregationalist Preacher to his seven ...more
Read a book that won the Pulitzer Prize.
3.5 stars rounded up
Ok ya'll, this review is gonna get personal. It's the only review I think I can write right now, and this book gives me the perfect platform to do it. If you have a problem with personal reviews,
There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient.
This was my book club's selection for May. I've kind of been in a reading slump the past few months and just haven't bee ...more