by Marilynne Robinson
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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In 1956, towards the end of Reverend John Ames’ life, he began a letter to his young son, a testament of his remarkable ancestors.It is a book of such meditation, so calm, such spiritual intensity that it seems miraculous that his silence was only 23 years old; this measure of wisdom is the fruit of a whole life.Robinson’s prose, aligned with the sublime simplicity of the language of the Bible, is nothing of a blessing.You may not share his faith, but it is difficult not to be impressed not to be moved and, finally, humiliated by the spiritual brilliance that illuminates the novel from within ” Neel Mukherjee, The Time’ Writing of this quality, with direct authority such as the perfect pitch in music, is rare and carries with it a feeling of almost danger, so that at any time it can go wrong.In Galaad, however, that nothing goes wrong ” Jane Shilling, the Sunday Telegraph
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