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Gilead: A Novel

3 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Marilynne Robinson

In 1981, Marilynne Robinson wroteHousekeeping, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and became a modern classic. Since then, she has written two pieces of nonfiction:Mother CountryandThe Death of Adam. WithGilead, we have, at last, another work of fiction. … see full wiki

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Author: Marilynne Robinson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
3 reviews about Gilead: A Novel
review by . May 10, 2013
A meditative letter that lingers long after that last page has been read.
Gilead is a very short book, but it is going to be one that you either love or hate; there really is no middle ground. So therefore, my recommendation is to borrow the novel from the library first. My feelings about this work were mixed, at best, and as I was reading it, I was quite astonished that it won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the National Book Critic's Circle Award. I liked it, but I didn't think it was that worthy. But after I finished the work, a deeper sense …
review by . November 27, 2005
Gilead is a very short book, but it is going to be one that you either love or hate; there really is no middle ground. So therefore, my recommendation is to borrow the novel from the library first. My feelings about this work were mixed, at best, and as I was reading it, I was quite astonished that it won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the National Book Critic's Circle Award. I liked it, but I didn't think it was that worthy. But after I finished the work, a deeper sense of appreciation …
review by . September 21, 2005
What a luxury, what a fine wine on the literary palate this book has been to read. "Gilead" by Marilyn Robinson is all that I seek in literature that achieves artistic form. The author's language is mesmerizing, frequently breathtaking, and her ability to develop her few but well chosen characters without relying on plot and action as crutch is worthy of respect.     "Gilead" is something of a journal, or letter, written by an elderly priest, John Ames, to his still very young …
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