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Gilead

by ROBINSON, Marilynne

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New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm). Light brown cloth spine over tan paper covered boards; dustjacket; 247pp. Former owner's sticker on front free endpaper; else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is unclipped (priced $25.00) with no Pulitzer Prize sticker on front panel; Fine.

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

In a 2015 interview for The New York review of Books, President Obama was quoted as saying, " ...one of my favorite characters in fiction is a pastor in Gilead, Iowa, named John Ames, who is gracious and courtly and a little bit confused about how to reconcile his faith with all the various travails that his family goes through. And I was just—I just fell in love with the character, fell in love with the book...

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In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames’s life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He “preached men into the Civil War,” then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle. Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father--an ardent pacifist--and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friend’s wayward son. This is also the tale of another remarkable vision--not a corporeal vision of God but the vision of life as a wondrously strange creation. It tells how wisdom was forged in Ames’s soul during his solitary life, and how history lives through generations, pervasively present even when betrayed and forgotten. Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of our finest writers, a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-haunted existence that Reverend Ames loves passionately, and from which he will soon part (from publisher).

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Bookseller
Lorne Bair Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
53221
Title
Gilead
Author
ROBINSON, Marilynne
Book condition
Used
Quantity-available
1
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
2004
Bookseller catalogs
Modern Drama;

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