Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

A couple weeks ago, I was able to read this book.  I enjoyed it immensely.  This book is written in a biographical style even though it is fiction.  Because of that, it is very easy to forget that the characters are not real.

The main character is Reverend John Ames, and the book consists of a letter he is writing to his young son.  John Ames is dying, and this letter contains  his life story and the teaching that he would not be able to tell his son in person.  Because of this premise, this book is filled with good principles and thoughts.  This book reveals the heart of a father and husband who is a flawed human but who strives to do what is right in all his responsibilities.

This book is filled with amazing lines such as:

“The twinkling of an eye.  That is the most wonderful expression.  I’ve thought from time to time it was the best thing in life, that little incandescence you see in people when the charm of a thing strikes them, or the humor of it.”

“In eternity this world will be Troy, I believe, and all that has passed here will be the epic of the universe, the ballad they sing in the streets.  Because I don’t imagine any reality putting this one in the shade, and I think piety forbids me to try.”

I would highly recommend this book.  It is one of the most insightful, touching fiction books I have read in a long time.

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One thought on “Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

  1. Thank you for reading and thank you for sharing your thoughts about the books you read. I look forward to reading this book. I need to become a better reader.

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