Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
This is a quiet,
thoughtful book about an elderly man keeping a journal for his young
son. Rev. John Ames knows his time is limited. His heart is failing, but
he doesn't feel ready to leave his young family. There is so much he
wants to tell his son, who he knows will remember him only as an old man
who died when he was very young.
John gradually discloses his story, the reader can't help but grow fond
of him. He's as honest about his failings as his successes; he's
humble, wise and as human as you and I. While I was reading I forgot it
was a novel. It's written with breaks but no chapters, as a personal
journal would be, and that's exactly what it was like to read.
a wonderful story, one I can't quite imagine anyone not liking - it's
that good. It's gently written, the kind of writing I can read over and
over, but I'll leave you with this sample so you can see for yourself:
developed a great reputation for wisdom by ordering more books than I
ever had time to read, and reading more books, by far, than I learned
anything useful from, except, of course, that some very tedious
gentlemen have written books."