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This review is from: Gilead: A Novel (Paperback)
GILEAD is a book that has left me in a bit of a quandary. While I loved the book, I would be hesitant to recommend it to some since it does not conform to today's modern style of writing. This book is written without chapters, in a slowly paced style that requires readers to put themselves in the mindset of John Ames, a preacher in his mid-seventies who is nearing the end of his life. It is a journal of thoughts and memories that is being written to his son. There is no storyline, no plot to follow. It is purely an expression of love from a father to his son.
If you are looking for suspenseful plot twists, wacky best friends or humorous scenarios, this is not the book for you. If you simply want to read a stunning work of art, I highly recommend it.
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Initial post: Jan 20, 2009 10:56:51 AM PST
In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2009 8:33:28 AM PDT
Andrew J. DiLiddo Jr. says:
Francesca: I can't speak for the author of this review, however, I do believe I know what her intent or meaning was. I am reading "Gilead" now and can relate to this review. The author of this review did partially define her label "today's modern style of writing" as plot twists, well defined chapters, and other mechanisms or vehicles that authors use to produce what is called in the vernacular a "page turner"....i.e. a book that is easily readable and not easy to put down. One recent example of this that pops into my mind is "The D'Avinci Code". "Gilead" is not partitioned into chapters and does not have a linear plot trajectory. This also removes it from the category of popular pablum of "today's modern style of mass consumption writing". Capisce? If not, write back and I'll try to 'splain it some more.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2009 8:48:14 AM PST
Posted on Jul 28, 2010 12:41:19 PM PDT
Collin Simonsen says:
I thought this review was helpful.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2015 12:56:33 PM PST
Joe Bee says:
She rambles, and rambles, a la Herman Melville. I admire the author's ability to articulate, but there is no plot to the book. I dozed off while reading it, and have left the book on the floor where it belongs on my reading list.
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