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The Hearts Journey Home: A Quest for Wisdom
The Hearts Journey Home: A Quest for Wisdom Nicholas Harnan 0877934770 9780877934776 2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction nbsp; 2004 National Book Critics Circle Winner nbsp; In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Amess life,
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The Hearts Journey Home: A Quest for Wisdom by Nicholas Harnan

2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction nbsp; 2004 National Book Critics Circle Winner nbsp; In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Amess life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He preached men into the Civil War, then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle. Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father--an ardent pacifist--and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friends wayward son. This is also the tale of another remarkable vision--not a corporeal vision of God but the vision of life as a wondrously strange creation. It tells how wisdom was forged in Amess soul during his solitary life, and how history lives through generations, pervasively present even when betrayed and forgotten. Gileadis 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. Marilynne Robinsonis the author of the modern classicHousekeepingwinner of the PEN/Hemingway Awardand two books of nonfiction,Mother CountryandThe Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Winner of the Grawemeyer Religion Prize Named One of the Ten Best Books of 2004 byThe New York Times Book Review ANew York TimesNotable Book AChicago TribuneBest Book Short-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Amess life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowa preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He preached men into the Civil War, then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle. Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his fatheran ardent pacifistand his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the Union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are testednbsp;in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friends wayward son. This is also the tale of another remarkable visionnot a corporeal vision of God but the vision of life as a wondrously strange creation. It tells how wisdom was forge in Amess soul during his solitary life, and how history lives through generations, pervasively present even when betrayed and forgotten. Gileadis 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. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize nbsp; A beautiful workdemanding, grave, and lucid . . . Now

Author: Nicholas Harnan

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 162

Publisher: Ave Maria Pr

Publication Date: 1992-04-01

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