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, ...
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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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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