Marilynne Robinson • Gilead

I started writing a summary of the books I’ve read recently, as in my last post, but my summaries this time grew to full essays. Thinking it cruel to make you read over 5,000 words in a single blog, I’ve separated out my summaries and will be posting individual blogs on each book. I don’t know if I will continue with this practice, but I have another two pretty much done and a good start on a third. Apparently I have a lot of Thoughts about this batch of books.

As a reader and thinker, I’m by nature interested in style, in how a book or poem is written. Brittany comments on this all the time when we’re discussing what we read. I beg your patience as I rattle on about style at the expense of the substance of a book. When I formulate what to say, this is what comes to mind.

It strikes me that some of you might be interested to know what books I’ve read and whether I’d recommend them without me forcing you to read a whole bunch of spoilers. And there are a lot of spoilers. With that in mind:

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead. 2004 novel about a Congregationalist preacher in early 20th century Iowa. Recommended with reservations.

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