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Gilead - Marilynne Robinson

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Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2005.

From the author of Housekeeping, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of America's finest writers. Chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the top 6 novels of 2004. 'A beautiful novel: wise, tender and perfectly measured' Sarah Waters

In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames' 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

About the Author

Marilynne Robinson was born in 1947. Her first novel, Housekeeping (1981) received the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel as well as being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

'A visionary work of dazzling originality' Robert McCrum, Observer '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' Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph 'It is difficult not to be awed moved and ultimately humbled' Neel Mukherjee, The Times 'A great work of literature' John de Falbe, Daily Telegraph 'Gilead is a beautiful work - demanding, grave and lucid ... Robinson's words have a spiritual force that's very rare in contemporary fiction' James Wood, New York Times Book Review 'Serenely beautiful, and written in a prose so gravely measured and thoughtful, that one feels touched with grace just to read it. There's nothing flashy in these pages, and yet one regularly pauses to reread sentences, sometimes for their beauty, sometimes for their truth ... A portrait of the human condition - prey to isolation and loneliness, ever needful of faith and love' - Washington Post 'The wait since 1981 and Housekeeping is over. Robinson returns with a second novel that, however quiet in tone and however delicate of step, will do no less than tell the story of America - and break your heart' Kirkus Review 'Robinson's prose is beautiful, shimmering and precise ... Robinson truly succeeds in what is destined to become her second classic' Publishers Weekly 'Gilead is a powerful and intense read, one that takes time, but gives bountiful rewards' Bookseller 'A first novel that sounds as if the author has been treasuring it up all her life...You can feel in the book a gathering voluptuous release of confidence, a delighted surprise at the unexpected capacities of language, a close, careful fondness for people that we thought only saints felt' - Anatole Broyard, The New York Times 'A work of enormous integrity... A beautiful book of ideas' The Atlantic Monthly 'A psalm worthy of study, a sermon of the loveliest profundity... A literary miracle' Entertainment Weekly 'Gilead is a beautiful work-demanding, grave and lucid... Robinson's words has a spiritual force that's very rare in contemporary fiction' James Wood, New York Times Book Review 'Serenely beautiful... one feels touched with grace just to read it' Washington Post'Gilead is a beautiful work - demanding, grave and lucid ... Robinson's words have a spiritual force that's very rare in contemporary fiction' James Wood, New York Times Book Review 'Serenely beautiful, and written in a prose so gravely measured and thoughtful, that one feels touched with grace just to read it. There's nothing flashy in these pages, and yet one regularly pauses to reread sentences, sometimes for their beauty, sometimes for their truth ... A portrait of the human condition - prey to isolation and loneliness, ever needful of faith and love' - Washington Post 'The wait since 1981 and Housekeeping is over. Robinson returns with a second novel that, however quiet in tone and however delicate of step, will do no less than tell the story of America - and break your heart' Kirkus Review 'Robinson's prose is beautiful, shimmering and precise ... Robinson truly succeeds in what is destined to become her second classic' Publishers Weekly 'Gilead is a powerful and intense read, one that takes time, but gives bountiful rewards' Bookseller 'A first novel that sounds as if the author has been treasuring it up all her life...You can feel in the book a gathering voluptuous release of confidence, a delighted surprise at the unexpected capacities of language, a close, careful fondness for people that we thought only saints felt' - Anatole Broyard, The New York Times 'A work of enormous integrity... A beautiful book of ideas' The Atlantic Monthly 'A psalm worthy of study, a sermon of the loveliest profundity... A literary miracle' Entertainment Weekly 'Gilead is a beautiful work-demanding, grave and lucid... Robinson's words has a spiritual force that's very rare in contemporary fiction' James Wood, New York Times Book Review 'Serenely beautiful... one feels touched with grace just to read it' Washington Post

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson was born in 1947. Her first novel, Housekeeping (1981) received the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel as well as being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Gilead also won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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ISBN: 9781844081486
ISBN-10: 1844081486
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: June 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1