Beautiful story that captures the essence of a life lived in remembrance, long awaited grace, grief of pending loss, acceptance and finally forgiveness and astonishing revelation of love. The vocal narrator captured the Pastor's essence and soul. Recommended for those of us who treasure a great story in the line of Styron and Faulkner (with a MIDWEST setting.) I think I will now "pray and then sleep"
Such a clever, clever book. It takes you to quite unexpected places - Gileadites, the prodigal son who leaves again and again, a patriarchy of pastors who are blind to their world and yet acutely observant of human nature but ignorant of what is directly in front of them. The invention of God and a turn on Feuerbach. I've been to Iowa. It'll never be the same. I would be happy to read this again. There's also a lot of joy in this book. Calvin gets a lot of cameos. Super American book, by which I mean it mines some themes that are v. Interesting to outsiders like me, e, g. John Brown. This is a beautifully nuanced piece of writing.
... its moral and social value, its contemplation of familial and spiritual and fraternal and paternal issues from the heart of a dying father, written to his young late-life son. Do not miss this one.
I read a number of reviews and thought I would love this book. It was OK. It's nice to read a pleasant work of fiction that looks into Christian values. There were moments I thought were insightful, but I was mostly bored listening to this.
The narrator was the right selection, I just didn't find the plot very engaging.
The story was alright, with some interesting Midwestern historical notes. But it was a bit hard to stay engaged with, at times. There are some truly fascinating religious reflections, however, that have been cause for much reflection for me.
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.