Sunday, December 9, 2018

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

May son asked me to watch a movie with him, "The Road".  I have not read the book, and he read it in high school as part of a reading list.

This was a bitter-sweet, painful movie to watch.  I hope to read the book some day.  The plot really strikes a bit close to home.  Anyone who has read the book and knows me will understand.

It is another post-apocalyptic wasteland story, without zombies, but includes much of the terror and savagery as any "ZombiApocalypse" story.  Turns out the living can be as cruel and evil as the walking dead.

At its core the story is about a man's love for his son and struggling with the sobering task of preparing him for life after his father is gone.

"Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson is another such story, but very different.

Quite a counterbalance.  Much more pleasant.

Here is one of my favorite passages:

"Every single one of us is a little civilization built on the ruins of any number of preceding civilizations, but with our own variant notions of what is beautiful and what is acceptable---which, I hasten to add, we generally do not satisfy and by which we struggle to live. We take fortuitous resemblances among us to be actual likeness, because those around us have also fallen heir to the same customs, trade in the same coin, acknowledge, more of less, the same notions of decency and sanity. But all that really just allows us to coexist with the invoilable, untraversable, and utterly vast spaces between us."

I am a bit amused and perplexed by the many one star reviews on Amazon.

I am a bit amused and perplexed by the many one star reviews on Amazon.

 "..Just not my taste. I know, it has won every prize there is, but I do not get it. Too much talking and thinking. Boring..."

 "...I did not enjoy this book. The life of preachers in America at a time when things were tough does not make for exciting reading"


 Guess there's not enough space alien zombie sploddy' flying, shooting, sexing stuff in it for some people.

Those people should read "The Road".

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