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Gilead

A Novel

by Marilynne Robinson

Gilead
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  • First Published:
    Nov 2004, 256 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2006, 256 pages

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A beautifully rendered story . . . full of penetrating intellect and artful prose. Novel

Comment: Fans of Robinson's debut Housekeeping have been waiting 23 years for her to publish a second novel and, according to the overwhelmingly glowing reviews, the wait has been worth it. The story is told by the Rev. John Ames who at 77 years of age in 1956, and in failing health, decides to write a letter to his six-year-old son with an account of his life, and that of his father and grandfather. Doesn't sound like much of a storyline I know but, as the saying goes, it's not what you say but how you say it! Here are a few comments from the multitude of reviewers who have already pitched in with their views on Gilead.

'Robinson's prose is beautiful, shimmering and precise; the revelations are subtle but never muted when they come, and the careful telling carries the breath of suspense.... Many writers try to capture life'...

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