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Gilead (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel (edición 2006)

por Marilynne Robinson (Autor)

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The New York Times bestselling author of Wench returns to the Civil War era to explore the next chapter of history??the trauma of the War and the end of slavery??in this powerful story of love and healing about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future.

The Civil War has ended, and Madge, Sadie, and Hemp have each come to Chicago in search of a new life.

Born with magical hands, Madge has the power to discern others' suffering, but she cannot heal her own damaged heart. To mend herself and help those in need, she must return to Tennessee to face the women healers who rejected her as a child.

Sadie can commune with the dead, but until she makes peace with her father, she, too, cannot fully engage her gift.

Searching for his missing family, Hemp arrives in this northern city that shimmers with possibility. But redemption cannot be possible until he is reunited with those taken from him.

In the bitter aftermath of a terrible, bloody war, as a divided nation tries to come together once again, Madge, Sadie, and Hemp will be caught up in a desperate, unexpected battle for survival in a community desperate to lay the pain of the past to rest.

Beautiful in its historical atmosphere and emotional depth, Balm is a stirring novel of love, loss, hope, and reconciliation set during one of the most critical periods in American history… (más)

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Título:Gilead (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Autores:Marilynne Robinson (Autor)
Información:Picador (2006), Edition: Reprint, 247 pages
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It took me a long time to read this book. Having finished it, I can say that it is beautiful and heartbreaking. ( )
  pianistpalm91 | Apr 7, 2024 |
I'd had this book on my shelves for an AGE. Probably over a decade at least. But what finally pushed me to pick this up and read it was the Book Riot Podcast — it's a book the hosts often refer to, constantly recommend, and at some point they asked, if you're a long-time listener of this show and haven't read this book yet...?

Okay, fine, I said. I'll read it.

And as soon as I did... the John Brown connection? The Kansas connection? The evolution of theology as influenced by current events/generations? No, I, TOO now want to know how I went so long without reading this!

I LOVED this book. Ravenously loved it. I gifted copies to multiple people I know. I loved the period, the tone, the theology, the Kansas/Iowa, the John Brown (who appears only peripherally in this picture but LOOMS LARGE), the small town pasturage, the prairie, the small town.

Do I love it enough to read the rest of the books? I don't know. I think the parts I am obviously interested in have already been told. But still. A five-star read, easily jumps to the list of the books of my heart forever. ( )
  greeniezona | Jan 28, 2024 |
Wow....
  Mark_Feltskog | Dec 23, 2023 |
Read [b:Lila|20575411|Lila (Gilead, #3)|Marilynne Robinson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1393645345s/20575411.jpg|26208371] first. As the prequel to [b:Gilead|68210|Gilead (Gilead, #1)|Marilynne Robinson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1451555787s/68210.jpg|2481792] it makes both books make sense.

Because I loved Lila, I eagerly picked up Gilead. But it took time to adjust to the different voice, structure, and pace of this story. Eventually, I fell in love again with the narrator's voice and world view and thoughtful style, but it took time. (Thus, four instead of five stars.)

"Calvin says somewhere that each of us is an actor on a stage and God is the audience. That metaphor has always interested me, because it makes us artists of our own behavior, and the reaction of God to us might be thought of as aesthetic rather than morally judgmental in the ordinary sense. How well do we understand our role? With how much assurance do we perform it? ...I do like Calvin's image, though, because it suggest how God might actually enjoy us." 124

"Adulthood is a wonderful thing, and brief. You must be sure to enjoy it while it lasts." 166

"...it seems to me presumptuous to judge the authenticity of anyone's religion, except one's own. And that is also presumptuous." 173

"...nothing true can be said about God from a posture of defense." 177

And these incandescent lines:
"We fly forgotten as a dream, certainly, leaving the forgetful world behind us to trample and mar and misplace everything we have ever cared for. That is just the way of it, and it is remarkable." 191 ( )
  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
It started well, but the whole preachiness of it really got to me. Like, the entire demonization of someone for the actions of their childhood up to their forties, when you can see they are doing the right thing to take responsibility, is the thing you want to leave for your son in a letter? Absolutely not. It did not age well and was a regretful read. ( )
  Elise3105 | Aug 13, 2023 |
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Fiction. African American Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:

The New York Times bestselling author of Wench returns to the Civil War era to explore the next chapter of history??the trauma of the War and the end of slavery??in this powerful story of love and healing about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future.

The Civil War has ended, and Madge, Sadie, and Hemp have each come to Chicago in search of a new life.

Born with magical hands, Madge has the power to discern others' suffering, but she cannot heal her own damaged heart. To mend herself and help those in need, she must return to Tennessee to face the women healers who rejected her as a child.

Sadie can commune with the dead, but until she makes peace with her father, she, too, cannot fully engage her gift.

Searching for his missing family, Hemp arrives in this northern city that shimmers with possibility. But redemption cannot be possible until he is reunited with those taken from him.

In the bitter aftermath of a terrible, bloody war, as a divided nation tries to come together once again, Madge, Sadie, and Hemp will be caught up in a desperate, unexpected battle for survival in a community desperate to lay the pain of the past to rest.

Beautiful in its historical atmosphere and emotional depth, Balm is a stirring novel of love, loss, hope, and reconciliation set during one of the most critical periods in American history

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