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Thoughts after reading: CM Article 45454: Rev Joey N Welsh Lifelong learning and fullness of appreciation

By Sharon Whitehurst

Rev Welsh's essay reminds me that I read "Gilead" and its companion piece, "Home" several years ago.

I can usually pinpoint why I like [or dislike] a book. These two are a bit more difficult for me to pin down.

Having grown up in a small town [ three miles out of town, a subtly measurable difference] in the 1950's, my generational place would be that of John Ames' young son.

The sense of tightly knit family groups was well-preserved with the use of "party lines" [as in telephones] nosey, but caring neighbors who dropped by to borrow a cup of sugar, return a tool, commiserate about the lack of rain or too much there-of. This remembered neighborliness with its back porch visits is part of Gilead's charm.

Marilynne Robinson's fiction delicately captures all this and more. She makes us aware of the many layers of personality and character which live beneath the obvious.

Rev. Welsh's essay will prompt a visit to the library [or to alibris] to re-read these two books. I recommend them. --Sharon Whitehurst

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