Faith n Fiction Round Table dicussion of Gilead a novel by Marilynne Robinson
Faith n Fiction Round Table dicussion of Gilead a novel by Marilynne Robinson.
Gilead is the story of John Ames a Pastor who is sharing the story of his life to his son ,who is seven at that time, through a series of letters. These letters range from stories about his great grandfather to life and faith. The reason why his father is writing him these letters is because his fathers advance age of 76 and his failing health.
When I first started to read this book I enjoyed reading it. I wanted to take my time to soak in the story and the rich writing. The problem is I began to struggle with reading the book since it is written in a narration style.
It felt like for the first half of the book there was no direction of story. The story seemed to wandered over here and there. There was more then one time when the same subject was brought up for almost word for word a few pages latter. It was not until the second half of the book did it seem to gain traction and direction the story was heading. That was the when John Ames Boughton was introduced into the story..
Even though the book deals with communion, love, prayer, faith, forgiveness, and the ten commandment, I thought the most important subject that was dealt with and that was judging someone because of their past or who they are now.
Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Over all I thought that Gilead was a good book, but not a great book. Even though the writing is rich, what seemed to be a lack of direction at the beginning of the book makes it hard at times to read. One of the things I enjoyed most about the book was how it hit upon the different time periods in US history. It brings up the under ground railroad, world war one, the flue epidemic, the depression, world war two, and even the introduction of television.