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, ...Read MoreOwen 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.Read Less
Near fine advance reading copy in glossy, stiff, illustrated wrappers with slight browning of edges. Signed by author. Book is too large for priority or foreign mail. A novel about John Brown and Harper's Ferry.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Signed Books. Signed by Author. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. SIGNED by author on title page. Stated First Edition, First Printing. 758 pages. Interior is unmarked, except for author's signature. Boards are bumped at spine ends. Small (1/8 inch) closed tear to spine head. Light rubbing to lower corners. Jacket is bumped at spine ends with small (1/8 inch) closed tear to spine head. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: . Signed by Author. ISBN: 0060168609. Inventory No: 017184.
Very good Fine jacket. Signed. First Edition. Stated first editon. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine copy in fine dust jacket in a mylar protector. Though not marked, from the collection of Mel Waggoner, host of the public radio program "Profiles" which interviewed authors.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 768 p. Audience: General/trade. Lite soil on white parts of dj & cover, corners slightly bumped, else fine. Stated 1st edition 1st printing w full # line inscribed by author on title pg.
Near fine in near fine dust jacket. SIGNED by author on title page (signature only). 1st edition, 1st printing, complete numberline. Dust jacket has slight edgewear. Book as new except for softening to base of spine. Remainder mark. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 768 p. Audience: General/trade. By the Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and John Dos Passos Prize-, O. Henry Award-, and Guggenheim Fellowship-winning author of 'Lost Memory of Skin' and 'Rule of the Bone'. Where possible, all books come with dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve, sealed in a ziplock bag, wrapped in bubble wrap, shipped in a box.
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.
Mar 18, 2007
The Past Comes Alive
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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