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Gilead

Robinson, Marilynne

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ISBN 10: 0374153892 / ISBN 13: 9780374153892
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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In a clear protective mylar cover. Unread. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer-prize for fiction and the 2004 National Book Critic's Circle Award for fiction. Toward the end of his life, the Reverend John Ames's writes a letter to his, gicving an account of his life and his forebearers,from thecivil war to the present. A tocuh of war to foot of spine. Bookseller Inventory # 1002552

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Title: Gilead

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: Third Printing

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Wielebny John Ames, który prawie cale swoje zycie spedzil w miejscowosci Gilead w stanie Iowa, u schylku swojego zycia postanawia napisac list do swojego niespelna siedmioletniego synka z drugiego malzenstwa. Zbiór przemyslen i swoiste podsumowanie swojego zycia chcialby zostawic swojemu potomkowi, który prawdopodobnie nie zdazy do konca poznac ojca. Ames opisuje przodków: ojca i dziadka. Glównym watkiem sa zerwane wiezi pomiedzy dziadkiem, który wyruszyl do Kanzas, by walczyc z abolicjonistami i jego ojcem - gorliwym pacyfista. Napiecie miedzy nimi, ich wzajemna milosc oraz brak zdolnosci do budowania mostu nad przepascia ich pogladów jest stalym zródlem rozmyslan Amesa.

Ames opowiada swojemu synowi o jego przodkach, naturze milosci i przyjazni, o nienawisci i modlitwie, które sa czescia zycia kazdego czlowieka oraz o swiadomosci wlasnej winy. Powiesc pelna dobrego humoru i filozoficznych pytan.

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...a country of mystical sunsets, abandoned shacks, storms that could have come out of the book of Job, snowstorms that that can take your life within a few feet of your own front door, and wild rivers in which one can be baptized. I said Marilynne Robinson's prose was like clear, cold water and so it is - and sometimes it is about water too - you are never far from its cleansing, chilly power, or from the mysterious rush of the wind, sounding like the ocean in a region impossibly far from any sea. (Peter Hitchens Mail Online)

Her poetic, almost biblical style of writing...flows like clear cold water and is full of quiet power while remaining oddly conversational... People say they love these books, and I can see why. Quite how they can do so without discerning within them a serious, deep, patient but modest defence of the Christian proposition, I do not know. (Peter Hitchens Mail Online)

Gilead is no less a masterpiece than Housekeeping (Sunday Times)

Stunning... there are gems on every page of Gilead, but it is the whole construction that marks it as a great work (Daily Telegraph)

The slow pulse of Robinson's writing slows the reader's eye and mind, and creates in the reading process a literary version of the narrator's spiritual experience. Gilead reminds us that words have power to spare, to forgive, to do justice (Independent)

A novel as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering. (Kirkus Review)

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