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Publisher Description

In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears.

'It is a book of such meditative calm, such spiritual intensity that is seems miraculous that her silence was only for 23 years; such measure of wisdom is the fruit of a lifetime. Robinson's prose, aligned with the sublime simplicity of the language of the bible, is nothing short of a benediction. You might not share its faith, but it is difficult not to be awed moved and ultimately humbled by the spiritual effulgence that lights up the novel from within' Neel Mukherjee, The Times

'Writing of this quality, with an authority as unforced as the perfect pitch in music, is rare and carries with it a sense almost of danger - that at any moment, it might all go wrong. In Gilead, however, nothing goes wrong' Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2009
May 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Little, Brown Book Group
SIZE
713.4
KB

Customer Reviews

Friar Peter ,

Wonderful!

Written as a letter from an old preacher to his son, this novel is like the countryside it describes: by turns harsh and spare and unexpectedly beautiful. The old preacher is disturbed by the return of the son of his old friend. Can he find it in his heart to forgive past wrongs?

The book has much to say about our common humanity and the great mystery of our hiddenness from each other.

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