Gilead. Marilynne Robinson.

Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead. 2004. F; 1/06.

Terrific fiction, even though just occasionally a bit heavy going. The narrator has to be challenging for a modern female author: male, and a Methodist clergyman in the 1950s. There is a wonderful statement of Christian (theist, I guess) ontology (page 178-179): there is this completely inaccessible type of existence which bears the same relationship to the things “on our list of known and nameable things” (what we might claim to exist) as an author to a book. Proofs of this existence “claim for God a place within our conceptual grasp.” A friend of mine understands this in citing vertigo contemplating why there is anything at all. No ceiling…

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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