Tim Jerome was incredible. He brought so much emotion and feeling to John Ames's story. It definitely added a dimension to the story and enhanced my enjoyment.
I've read several Pulitzer books, and I probably enjoyed this one the most. The language is so clear, so vivid that it truly brings the characters and story to life. The book was a bit slow in the middle, but the journey through John Ames's life and journey through the last stages of his life are poignant to touching.
Gilead is definitely not for everyone. If you can get through it you will be satisfied as there is a slow beauty about it. The story is a letter written by an aging reverend John Ames to his 7 year old son. It is a memoir so well done and at times so ordinary I kept finding myself checking to see if this was based on someones real life. I'm not sure how this book made my to-read list. It won a Pulitzer in 2005 but is so thick in Calvinistic theology I'm wondering if Tim Challies recommended it. Although I wanted to put it down several times not understanding the point I kept at it. In the end Ames was working out his own belief in God, his resentment of Jack Boughton the adult son of his best friend and namesake, and winding down his life.
How could the delightful write of Housekeeping turn out a such a redundant, boring piece as this? I kept hoping something would happen, but finally gave up trying half way through.
The Pulitzer Prize? Are they kidding? Seriously, it makes me wonder. I can see why some people would love it, but I found it very tedious, in spite of some lovely language and interesting meditations on Christian theology. Aside from the narrator, all of the characters are flat, uni-dimensional. There is a constant self-conscious sensitivity and romance in the writing, and yet it never comes to life. Indeed the whole world, as portrayed in the novel, is as flat as the prairie it is set upon.
I'm sorry, maybe i'm too young (28!) to understand it all... or something! Since i paid for the story i made myself sit through it, actually hoping something exciting would happen, a twist, a joke, something interesting!! Nothing ever did, and after listening to the whole story i regret wasting my time. The reader was great tho and he fit the role perfectly. I can recommend this story to senior citizens, who might like to reminisce of old times.. If you are 40 and younger, don?t waste your precious time! (I actually learned that from the story! haha)
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Marilynne Robinson is an exquisite writer but her story is dull. It is told as a preacher writing a letter to his young son. In the letter he recounts the history of the family. There is no variation in the narration and after listening to two discs, I forwarded to exerpts of a few others including the end; nothing changed. It gets one star and that only for the language.
I can't believe how dull and boring this story is. It's as though the author set out to be deliberately boring. I really tried to get into this one but it just never picked up, and finally I just shut it off and cut my losses. Little mundane details of this preacher and his father's life will bore you to tears. Avoid at all costs.
I selected this book because it was the nat'l book award winner. I found the book well written but the story line is not compelling. The premise is a long, rambling narrative written by an older man to his very young child to read with the child is grown. Its just okay, not great.