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Gilead

By: Robinson, Marilynne

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1844081486 / 9781844081486
Paperback
813.54
02/02/2006
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England
Contemporary classics
20 cm 282 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004; London: Virago, 2005.

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

BIC:

FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Prizes:

W 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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