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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse.com (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462046940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462046942
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,318,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David G. Hallman worked in environmental ethics and has written six nonfiction books, including his memoir, August Farewell, in which vignettes from his thirty-three-year relationship with his gay partner are integrated into an intimate chronology of the final two weeks of his partner's life. He lives in Toronto.

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David G. Hallman worked in environmental ethics and has written six nonfiction books, including his memoir, August Farewell, in which vignettes from his thirty-three-year relationship with his gay partner are integrated into an intimate chronology of the final two weeks of his partner's life. He lives in Toronto.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenn Booksessed on January 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I was initially pitched this book for a review I was thrilled that I was being offered a book that had gay characters. I don't often read many books with gay characters outside of the YA genre, and even then it's usual the character's "gayness" that is the big issue in the novel, or the catalyst for a series of issues. What I loved about this book was it wasn't a novel about gay protagonists; it is a novel about the human condition whose protagonists just happen to be gay.

The novel is broken into five sections spanning the 33-year relationship of Tommy and Jonathan's relationship. Yet the novel not only focuses on their relationship but the lives of their friends, families, careers, joys, struggles and tragedies.

I was drawn into this book very early on, about page 20. The characters are debating setting up a joint library. It was such a realistic scene that anyone could be living at any moment. It was that scene that made me fall in love with the characters, and made me wish that they were real people. I didn't want this novel to end; I read it slower than I've ever read a novel that I didn't hate. I savored this book. It is exquisite.

I had such an emotional response to this book that it may have bordered on the ridiculous. I read the second have in bed and more than once succumbed to tears. It took me hours to articulate how I felt about this book, to feel like I was doing it justice. While I know that some readers may be turned off by the fact that there are gay characters, but I will say that had this book featured a straight couple, I would have enjoyed it just as much.

I have only two negative comments about the book and they are quite superficial.
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Searching for Gilead is an engaging piece of art. It is a poignant work of accompaniment in the search of life and meaning. The sense of engagment in global issues brings a rich added dimension of the environment today for our humanity seeking justice, thirstying fpr the capacity to love and to engage in life with better terms.
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By winfred cook on April 6, 2013
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I can't make a review just yet. I haven't finished the book, I had to put it down. It was becoming a little to syrupy, and unbelievable. I will finish it and get back to you as soon as that has occurred. The author writes well but not enough to keep my interest. However that could all change when I finish the book.
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