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Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks

Julie Sloane, January 1, 2010

An epic story of John Brown, America's most famous abolitionist, as told by his semi-fictional son, Owen. I was awed by the breadth and depth of Russell Banks' vision, which sets the most important struggle of the United States' first 100 years within the relationship of a father and son. Banks has elsewhere written that a story might exist in three equally true but distinct versions: the mythic, the social, and the psychological. "Cloudsplitter" braids all three together. Reading it, I was alternately shattered and uplifted, and finally came away feeling that although this was a work of fiction, I understood this country's struggle to survive on a more profound level than I had ever achieved through a study of history.
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