Monday, December 10, 2007

New Read: Gilead

I started a new book yesterday titled Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. So far it is excellent. I am most especially struck by the use of language. (Which, by the way, is my favorite thing to analyze in literature. I would call myself a grammar-freak.) I love the way the sentences flow together to make a very interesting thought. I would almost classify as stream-of-consciousness writing, but with excellent use of punctuation. I have found myself gladly sinking into the world of late 19th Century Kansas and Iowa as the Rev. Ames tells his young son his life story. Once again I am in a place that I would never have known about without this story.

I will make sure to post back in when I have finished the book. But so far it is good. And on the Would Read list, for sure!

1 comment:

Jessie said...

I just finished Gilead. I was not disappointed. It was a fascinating read.

It is not the typical book where a bunch of drama happens to the main character. Most of the happenings involve Rev. Ames' best friend's son, Jon Ames Boughton.

I'm still chewing it over in my head. Chandy, let me know when you've finished it.