Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Pulitzer Project Book #7: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

I knew there was a reason why I decided to engage in this Pulitzer Project...and this book is the reason. What a perfect, magical, insightful, and inspiring book about one man's complex relationships with his family and friends, with his young son, with the world, and with God. It is a book not about religion but about the willingness to see the inherent beauty in the world, and to find grace in the most difficult of places.

I can't find words to do this novel justice. The prose is gorgeous. The narrator is flawed but endearing. The imagery is astounding. I will never forget the image of two women laughing in the grass so hard that their tears rolled into their hair. Read this, read this, read this.

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