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Cloudsplitter : A Novel

Banks, Russell

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ISBN 10: 0060168609 / ISBN 13: 9780060168605
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Cloudsplitter : A Novel

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, Toronto, ON, Canada

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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This brilliant recounting of the events surrounding John Brown's legendary raid on the armory at Harpers Ferry is a masterpiece of modern American storytelling that will be remembered as the crowning achievement of Russell Banks' celebrated career. Russell Banks' gift for creating compelling stories populated by gritty and startlingly realcharacters has resulted in such acclaimed masterworks as "Continental Drift," "The Sweet Hereafter" and his most recent bestseller, "Rule of the Bone." Now Banks takes on one of American history's most misunderstood figures, John Brown, whose October 1859 raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, crossed the line from civil protest to armed struggle, prefiguring the greatest conflagration in this country's history. Narrated by the enigmatic abolitionist's son Owen, the novel dazzlingly recreates the fractured political and social landscape of pre-Civil War America, when slavery and talk of secession were tearing the country apart. But "Cloudsplitter" is about much more than one man's quest for political change and social justice. It is a moving and powerfully told story of fathers and sons, of racial conflict and division, as well as an intimate portrait of 19th-century family life. Rich in incident and exquisite detail, "Cloudsplitter" is the novel that will elevate Russell Banks to the highest rank of 20th-century American authors.

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Owen Brown is the last surviving son of America's most famous political terrorist, John Brown, who in 1859 raided the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, intending to galvanise the Southern slaves into rebellion. Now Owen tells John's story. This incredible novel recreates pre-Civil War America, when slavery was tearing the country apart, and tells of one man's passage from abolitionist to guerrilla fighter and, finally, martyr. Cloudsplitter is a dazzling, suspenseful, heartbreaking story filled with both intimate scenes of domestic life and chilling violence.

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