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 ...Show synopsisOwen 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.Hide synopsis
Cloudsplitter (Harper Torch) – Hardcover (1998)
Hardcover, Harper Torch 1998
ISBN: 0060168609 ISBN-13: 9780060168605
This brilliant recounting of the events surrounding John Brown's legendary raid on the armory at Harper's Ferry is a masterpiece of modern American storytelling that will be remembered as the crowning achievement of Banks' celebrated career.This brilliant recounting of the events surrounding John Brown's legendary raid on the armory at Harper's Ferry is a masterpiece of modern American storytelling that will be remembered as the crowning achievement of Banks' celebrated career.Hide
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Description:New in fine dust jacket. Tight binding with clean text. New....New in fine dust jacket. Tight binding with clean text. New. First edition with full number line. D/j has some shelfwear. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 768 p. Audience: General/trade. anks 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 re-creates 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.
I know Russell Banks is beloved by many, but this novel was not my cup of tea. A little too wordy for the substance it contained. If you are a big fan of 'literature,' then, by all means, read away. But if you are interested in things happening, this book might cause your mind to wander, as mine did. You do learn a lot about the John Brown family, and the abolitionist movement prior to the Civil War, but at the cost of reading a LOT of what I consider superfluous words.
Cloudsplitter is not a book; it is an epic. Upon beginning this novel, and entering the world of Owen Brown, son of late guerrilla/terrorist John Brown, the reader cannot and should not step away from it. The sweeping grandeur, and bestseller ease at which the book flows is impressive. I have been to John Brown's cabin in the Adirondacks, and seen the mountains through which he escorted freed slaves, and I could envision it almost as well while reading this masterpiece.
Do not let history pass you by...read Cloudsplitter today.
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