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Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins

The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks
Lost Memory of Skin

Jerry Fenter, January 19, 2012

A contemporary journey inside a world unknown to most readers, Banks character, known only as The Kid, takes the us to places known only to outcasts. The perceptions of good and evil are turned on their heads as the Kid interacts with characters that aren't always who they seem to be. Starting at a random refuge for untouchables and weaving it's way through the heart of a hurricane the story is an amazing read.
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Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks
Lost Memory of Skin

Jerry Fenter, January 1, 2012

“Lost Memory of Skin” by the amazing Russell Banks is a book that is hard to put down or to stop thinking about. In society today many of us are drawn to stories about misfits. Unspeakable crimes and the people who commit them make for good movies, videos, TV and newspaper or internet articles. Both drawn to and horrified by these flashes of violence, we want to know more but are afraid to explore further into the dark personalities and situations that spawn these disturbing events.

Not afraid to dive into this disturbing underworld and take the reader along with him Banks has created a character, known only as The Kid, who we follow through a complex maze of good and evil. The Kid is 22 years old, is a paroled sex offender, an abused and neglected child with a fascinating ability to make you love and hate him at the same time. He has one friend, a six foot pet iguana named Iggy that he cares for like a child. Living with a tracking device around his ankle because of his crime, he pitches a tent in the only place he can find to live, under a viaduct. Near a Florida beach sometimes used as a movie filming site, this desolate place is seen by the community as only for perverts, sex offenders and other felons who have done their time in jail but are labeled as outcasts forever.

The Kid’s crime is questionable. Caught in a police sting after meeting an underage girl he found on Craigslist, his life, his crimes and his past are always available to the public. He dives into dumpsters for food never forgetting to get extra for Iggy. He takes care to recycle and be respectful of other exiles fully aware that they may be untrustworthy and downright dangerous. The story kicks in when a police raid scatters all of the inhabitants of this hidden city to other hiding places and on to the street. The Kid, now on the move, meets an unusual man just called The Professor. He’s a huge man, a fat gluttonous man who takes a special interest in The Kid and his situation.

The book goes on to question appearances, morality, and desperation. The journey is exciting and strange as The Kid travels through a hurricane to dark places looking to find redemption. Banks skillfully brings us with him on the journey.
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