Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead. New York: Picador, 2006, c2004.

There are some books you devour; there are some books you savor. This one fits the "savor" category. The narrator is Rev. John Ames. The audience is his son. He is reflecting back on his life as he knows it will soon be coming to an end. He's lived all but two years of his life in the small town of Gilead, Iowa. The ministerial life is all he's ever known. His grandfathers and father were all clergymen. It's not a book of action; it's a book of contemplation. Robinson's prose is quite poetic and very deserving of the Pulitzer prize that it won. 4 stars.


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