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Gilead (2004)

de Marilynne Robinson

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In 1956, as a minister approaches the end of his life, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.
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Here in 2023, after reading Robinson's Lila and starting to read her Housekeeping, I see that I logged in this book in 2011. Now, though, I have no certain memory of having read it. ( )
  mykl-s | Jan 3, 2023 |
This book has been on my to-read list for a long time, but I resisted reading it. I do that often when a book seems too well-liked. But this one was different, because I knew I loved Marilynne Robinson and the book won the Pulitzer for god's sake. It was EXACTLY the type of book I like. So, I bought it. Waited a few years. And finally started it.

It was not over-hyped and I was not disappointed.

I can't put into words what I want to say about this book, so I will only say it was beautiful.

For a more perfect review of this book, see David Schaafsma's review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/617828154 ( )
  paroof | Nov 29, 2022 |
I'm late to Robinson's books, but I read Housekeeping earlier this year and was mesmerized by it and felt deeply connected to Ruth, the narrator. When I began Gilead, which is also in first person, I had a harder time finding a connection to the dying preacher, John Ames. However, the language was just as beautiful as in Housekeeping, so I was drawn in. Writing a letter to his young son, he tells stories of how his grandfather's abolitionism and time as a Free Soiler came in conflict with his father's pacifism, and their family history, but this novel's heart, for me, was in his relationship with Jack, his best friend's prodigal son who has returned home. ( )
  odenata | Oct 13, 2022 |
I had heard only the best things about this book from friend and family, so I think I was expecting it to be a little more overwhelming than I found it. It's a Pulitzer Prize winner, I love the voice, the style, the format, the content, and everything, but I think that maybe part of its goodness comes out of its unassuming nature. ( )
  graceandbenji | Sep 1, 2022 |
Told by a dying man to his young boy (to be read when the son is a grown up), Gilead is essentially a story of fathers and sons. The narrative begins with the dying man (a congregationalist minister named John Ames) explaining what he thinks his adult son would need to know, trying to describe his long life with the gravity of last words. As the book progresses, however, and we learn more about the minister's life and the generations before him, the story becomes much more inward, more like last thoughts than last words. As John Ames struggles with long-held prejudices, in the case of the young Boughton, wishes fulfilled but too late, with his young son, we're slowly made to question the reliability of the old reverend as narrator, but end up arriving at forgiveness exactly when he does; a well constructed device by Robinson.

Emotionally rich but at times plodding, the heartfelt philosophy of meekness, forgiveness, justice, and love come through mightily, if a bit predictably. Robinson's aim is not to shock or amaze, however, it' more to take one last, long look at a life of hard work in a cruel and beautiful world before forever stepping away from it. ( )
  MaryJeanPhillips | Jun 22, 2022 |
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But in Gilead, Robinson is addressing the plight of serious people with a calm-eyed reminder of the liberal philosophical and religious traditions of a nation whose small towns "were once the bold ramparts meant to shelter peace", citing a tradition of intellectual discursiveness and a historical cycle that shifts from radical to conservative then back to radical again, and presenting, as if from the point of view of time's own blindness, an era when unthinkable things were happening but were themselves about to change unimaginably, for the better. It takes issue with the status quo by being a message, across generations, from a now outdated status quo. "What have I to leave you but the ruins of old courage, and the lore of old gallantry and hope?"
afegit per melmore | editaThe Guardian (UK), Ali Smith (Apr 15, 2005)
 
Gradually, Robinson's novel teaches us how to read it, suggests how we might slow down to walk at its own processional pace, and how we might learn to coddle its many fine details. Nowadays, when so many writers are acclaimed as great stylists, it's hard to make anyone notice when you praise a writer's prose. There is, however, something remarkable about the writing in 'Gilead.' It's not just a matter of writing well, although Robinson demonstrates that talent on every page [...] Robinson's words have a spiritual force that's very rare in contemporary fiction -- what Ames means when he refers to 'grace as a sort of ecstatic fire that takes things down to essentials.
afegit per melmore | editaNew York Times, James Wood (Nov 28, 2004)
 
Marilynne Robinson draws on all of these associations in her new novel, which -- let's say this right now -- is so serenely beautiful, and written in a prose so gravely measured and thoughtful, that one feels touched with grace just to read it. Gilead possesses the quiet ineluctable perfection of Flaubert's "A Simple Heart" as well as the moral and emotional complexity of Robert Frost's deepest poetry. There's nothing flashy in these pages, and yet one regularly pauses to reread sentences, sometimes for their beauty, sometimes for their truth: "Adulthood is a wonderful thing, and brief. You must be sure to enjoy it while it lasts."
afegit per melmore | editaWashington Post, Michael Dirda (Nov 21, 2004)
 

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For John and Ellen Summers, my dear father and mother.
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This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it (p. 28).
I want your dear perishable self to live long and love this poor perishable world (p.53).
I can't believe we will forget our sorrows altogether. That would mean forgetting that we had lived, humanly speaking. Sorrow seems to me to be a great part of the substance of human life (p. 104).
But if the awkwardness and falseness and failure of religion are interpreted to mean there is no core of truth in it.... the people are disables from trusting their thoughts, their expressions of belief, and their understanding, and even from believing in the essential dignity of their and their neighbors' endlessly flawed experience of belief (p.146).
I conceal my motives from myself pretty effectively sometimes (p. 147).
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