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Gilead, Marilynne Robinson

Label
Gilead
Title
Gilead
Statement of responsibility
Marilynne Robinson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Rev. John 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, "[t]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
Summary
As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, 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
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2006.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2004.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, 2004.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2004
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2005.
  • Great American Read, 2018.
Awards note
"Winner of the 2005 Pultizer prize for fiction"--Cover.
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129216
Cataloging source
NJB
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Robinson, Marilynne
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • American literature
  • Clergy
  • Conflict of generations
  • Reminiscing in old age
  • Children of clergy
  • Fathers and sons
  • Grandfathers
  • Iowa
Target audience
adult
Label
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000027220664
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
282 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781844081486
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)57381966
Label
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000027220664
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
282 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781844081486
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)57381966

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