It's a slow moving novel, but very well written and quite moving because this is a man who has lived a good life but knows he is dying and because his son is so young he will never really get a chance to know his father.
No matter how good the novel may or may not be in the eyes of some readers, I would honestly give the novel the Pulitzer Prize for the last paragraph of the jacket copy.
Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of our finest writers, a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-haunted existence that Reverend Ames loves passionately, and from which he will soon part.A "God-haunted existence"? I would love to know who wrote that copy. He or she deserves an award.