Study Guide

Gilead Tough-o-Meter

By Marilynne Robinson

Tough-o-Meter

(4) Base Camp

Gilead follows the epistolary novel form: it's a long letter from a father to his son. While not too challenging in terms of language and style, the story doesn't follow a specific order or chronology. It's more the unfolding of a person than the unfolding of a plot. The novel is also heavy in theology, if presented conversationally. If you're unfamiliar with American Christianity, the religious content may require a learning curve.

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