Gilead

A Novel by Marilynne Robinson

  • Published: Aug 04, 2020

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by Marilynne Robinson, one of our finest writers-a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-haunted existence that Reverend Ames loves... read more

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Details of Gilead

Exact title of the book
Gilead
Book author
Marilynne Robinson
ISBN
9781250784018
Publisher
Picador
Published
Aug 04, 2020
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
256
File size (in PDF)
2304 kB

Some brief overview of book

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by Marilynne Robinson, one of our finest writers-a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-haunted existence that Reverend Ames loves passionately, and from which he will soon part. In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition He "preached men into the Civil War," then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father-an ardent pacifist-and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friend's wayward son. This is also the tale of another remarkable vision-not a corporeal vision of God but the vision of life as a wondrously strange creation.

It tells how wisdom was forged in Ames's soul during his solitary life, and how history lives through generations, pervasively present even when betrayed and forgotten.

About author

Robinson is the author of the modern classic Housekeeping-winner of the PENHemingway Award-and the nonfiction books Mother Country and The Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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