...to finish. pondorous. too preachy. I was expecting more. afraid to try the others by same author. alas. my book club chose it and our votes at the end were evenly split!
I like a book that has an ending. One that lets me know what happens to the characters That I have spent the entirety of the book acquainting myself with. This one left me wondering. Not my style without happy ending. Good twist though.
I had a hard time getting invested in this book but am so glad I hung in there. The story of a conscientious minister in his late 70s with a heart condition writing down thoughts for his young son to read later. His search for insight, meaning and the resolution of a painful relationship are very touching.
I love theology. I love spiritual autobiography. I love memoirs. I didn't like this book. I don't understand why so many people do. Perhaps it was the terribly old fashioned delivery of the narrator? I can't figure it out....... In all fairness, I did finish the audiobook, expecting some good twist of insight, but none came. So disappointing......
there is really no story here. it is a long letter that an old man is writing to his young son. it is a recap of some mostly uninteresting incidents in the father's life and is meant to teach the son after the father is gone. the father is a preacher and all the incidents described in the letter could be seen as teachable moments for a good and Christian life. I am giving up on the book halfway through . . . something I almost never do but I just couldn't continue the slog.
Marilynne Robinson is the most lyrical novelist working today. Pretty much all the action is interior--the musings of an old man in an old town. But the fineness of his perceptions and his gentle moral rigor are given full play and in prose that is fine and precise, like the best of scalpels.
I begin my review by saying this is not my typical read. I'm in a book club that chose Gilead for this month. So you might want to take my review in light of that.
Gilead was a easy read in my opinion. While it had some deep themes it was pretty straightforward in presenting them. I found the main character quite childish for someone of such advanced age. But I maybe that was he point? Having grown up in a preacher family and attended Bible college for one of my bachelors, I hope that this internal dialogue is for them but my experience doesn't bare this out. There is a sense of childishness, vulnerability and willingness to question himself that I've just not seen in someone at the similar time of life and situation. The story itself was a bit monotonous and I didn't care for the abrupt ending.
I know the book has won quite a few accolades but just wasn't great for me. Maybe you will be different?
Anne in Happy Valley
I could not get into this book. The premise bored me.
Did not care about the character who narrated the story.
Yes, he was good.
I don't think readers play that role. That's for authors and their editors.