Cloudsplitter: A Novel

By Russell Banks
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29.58 Hours 11/12/2013 unabridged
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A triumph of the imagination and a masterpiece of modern storytelling, Cloudsplitter is narrated by the enigmatic Owen Brown, last surviving son of America’s most famous and still controversial political terrorist and martyr, John Brown. Deeply researched, brilliantly plotted, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, Cloudsplitter is dazzling in its re-creation of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, when slavery was tearing the country apart. But within this broader scope, Russell Banks has given us a riveting, suspenseful, heartbreaking narrative filled with intimate scenes of domestic life, of violence and action in battle, of romance and familial life and death that make the reader feel in astonishing ways what it was like to be alive in that time.

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Summary

Summary

A 1999 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction

Winner of the 1999 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize

A 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A triumph of the imagination and a masterpiece of modern storytelling, Cloudsplitter is narrated by the enigmatic Owen Brown, last surviving son of America’s most famous and still controversial political terrorist and martyr, John Brown.

Deeply researched, brilliantly plotted, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, Cloudsplitter is dazzling in its re-creation of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, when slavery was tearing the country apart. But within this broader scope, Russell Banks has given us a riveting, suspenseful, heartbreaking narrative filled with intimate scenes of domestic life, of violence and action in battle, of romance and familial life and death that make the reader feel in astonishing ways what it was like to be alive in that time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It is surely the best novel, a furious, sprawling drama that commands attention like thunder heard from just over the horizon.” Time 
“Highly entertaining…and deeply affecting…Like the best novels of Nadine Gordimer, it makes us appreciate the dynamic between the personal and the political, the public and the private, and the costs and causes of radical belief.” New York Times
“Russell Banks’ remarkable Cloudsplitter brings Brown back to life, not to teach history but as the narrator of a morally questioning novel about fathers and sons and fanaticism and how madness is measured when the sane have fled.” USA Today
“A huge and thunderously good book.” Chicago Tribune
“This book has all the stark beauty of the Adirondacks setting and of Brown’s religion…Like the works of Thomas Mallon and Thomas Gifford, this is not just a fine novel (and a wonderfully structured one at that) but a way to participate in history. Recommended, without hyperbole, for all collections.” Library Journal
“[One of the] overlooked classics of American literature.” Guardian (London)

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Author

Author Bio: Russell Banks

Russell Banks is the author of poetry, nonfiction, and more than fifteen works of fiction admired for their realism and portrayal of working-class people. Cloudsplitter and Continental Drift were both finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes. Two of his novels, The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction, have been made into award-winning films. A member of the International Parliament of Writers and former New York State Author, Banks was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. He lives in upstate New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 29.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English