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Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Beginnings: Gilead

  Today I am linking up to Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader where readers share the first sentence of the current book they are reading.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson begins with these words:

"I told you last night that I might be gone sometime, and you said, Where, and I said, To be with the Good Lord, and you said, Why, and I said, Because I'm old, and you said, I don't think you're old. And you put your hand in my hand and you said, Your aren't very old, as if that settled it. I told you you might have a very different life from mine, and from the life you've had with me, and that would be a wonderful thing, there are many ways to live a good life."

Gilead is the story of a father in ailing health writing a letter to his young son, wanting to leave an account of his life and his regrets. From the opening sentences, the reader can sense that this is going to be an emotional journey, a soul-searching tale, and will likely cause reflection on one's own life and choices.

Have you read Gilead or any of Robinson's other works?

Happy Reading!


  1. This sounds like it might be a heart breaker! And I always think it is such a good idea to open a novel with a question! I'm an old follower :) Thanks for sharing! Hop on over if you have the time:
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. I read another book that featured these characters, by Marilynne...and I've been wanting to read Gilead.


  3. Interesting start to the novel! I've seen this title a lot but I never thought about picking it up...maybe one of these days. Thanks for sharing this =)

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  4. I'll look forward to your thoughts on this one. I did read it, but mostly it felt way over my head. (or something like that, lol)

  5. I sure have not. Like Jennifer said, I look forward to hearing what you think about Gilead after you read it.

    We have our Book Beginnings post up over on Harlie's Books. Come on by!

  6. This is an absolutely lovely book. I read it before my blogging days, but it's one I'd definitely read again (if there were more time in the world....). Hope you enjoy it!

    Here's my Friday Post.

  7. I don't think this one is the book for me. The writing is so convoluted. I would get tired of that fast. I hope you enjoy it though. Happy reading!

  8. This book keeps popping up on blogs and friends recommended reading lists.
    Good luck with it.



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