Gilead

Gilead

Audiobook CD - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Audio Renaissance,, [2005]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2005
ISBN: 9781593978228
1593978227
Branch Call Number: CD FIC ROBI
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (9 hours.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
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1.4 m/s
digital recording
Additional Contributors: Jerome, Timothy

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Joshua Ferris's comfort read (author of "The Dinner Party")

At the end of his life, a minister begins a letter to his young son that recounts the story of his life and those of his forebearers. It is a tale of fathers and sons and how history lives through generations.


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danielestes
Jun 20, 2016

As a religious nonbeliever, I was unexpectedly absorbed by Marilynne Robinson's tale of one man's self-examination of grace and faith. I suspect it's because, underneath all the religious baggage of supernatural nonsense and what I can only describe as a pervasive anti-critical mindset, I'm attracted to the humanistic side of the believer's search for meaning. After all, the familiar story of love and loss and love again is universal. The novel's narrator, John Ames, and I (and Ms. Robinson to some degree, I'm betting) all seek a similar truth in life. I just happen to start from a different viewpoint.

Gilead is also one of the best written books I've come across this year. I challenge any committed reader to read the first few chapters and not be moved by the writing.

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joliebergman
Jun 05, 2014

This is a beautiful and powerful love note from father to son that is weighted by forgiveness, acceptance, willingness to learn and change, and with blessings to all for a beautiful life. A great read for anyone looking for kind words during hard times, or for spiritual inquiry. I do not recommend reading this simultaneously with Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, like I did. OR maybe that was just the best idea ever?

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