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Gilead: A Novel
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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 Iowa preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition. Reverend Ames tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his best friend's wayward son. Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by 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.
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Marilynne Robinson. (2007). Gilead: A Novel. Unabridged Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Marilynne Robinson. 2007. Gilead: A Novel. Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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      • content: In 1956 Gilead, Iowa, the elderly Reverend John Ames is facing death. Before he leaves the earth, he writes an account of his life, his ancestors, and his faith for his young son. Married late in life to a much younger woman, Ames cannot bear that his son may never know him. Tim Jerome sounds like a preacher with his deep voice and unhurried pace, and he does an excellent job matching his voice to Ames's mood--husky when tired, righteous when angry, and laughing when his son is amusing. However, novels written in diary or letter format are difficult to translate to audio without sufficient drama to be engaging. A.B. 2005 Pulitzer Prize (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine
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        Fans of Robinson's acclaimed debut Housekeeping
        (1981) will find that the long wait has been worth it. From the first page of her second novel, the voice of Rev. John Ames mesmerizes with his account of his life—and that of his father and grandfather. Ames is 77 years old in 1956, in failing health, with a much younger wife and six-year-old son; as a preacher in the small Iowa town where he spent his entire life, he has produced volumes and volumes of sermons and prayers, "rying to say what was true." But it is in this mesmerizing account—in the form of a letter to his young son, who he imagines reading it when he is grown—that his meditations on creation and existence are fully illumined.

        Ames details the often harsh conditions of perishing Midwestern prairie towns, the Spanish influenza and two world wars. He relates the death of his first wife and child, and his long years alone attempting to live up to the legacy of his fiery grandfather, a man who saw visions of Christ and became a controversial figure in the Kansas abolitionist movement, and his own father's embittered pacifism. During the course of Ames's writing, he is confronted with one of his most difficult and long-simmering crises of personal resentment when John Ames Boughton (his namesake and son of his best friend) returns to his hometown, trailing with him the actions of a callous past and precarious future. In attempting to find a way to comprehend and forgive, Ames finds that he must face a final comprehension of self—as well as the worth of his life's reflections.
        Robinson's prose is beautiful, shimmering and precise; the revelations are subtle but never muted when they come, and the careful telling carries the breath of suspense. There is no simple redemption here; despite the meditations on faith, even readers with no religious inclinations will be captivated. Many writers try to capture life's universals of strength, struggle, joy and forgiveness—but Robinson truly succeeds in what is destined to become her second classic. Agent, Ellen Levine. 5-city author tour.

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