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Cancel any time. Oct 07, Samantha rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-stars. Throughout, I was ministered to by Russell Banks. Through Owen, Russel Banks shows us a man whose honest convictions about the immorality of slavery, and whose trust in knowing God's will, made him duty-bound and justified in freeing slaves. If you haven't guessed, this is a pet peeve of my; hence the pedantry. More information about this seller Contact this seller 3.

Published by HarperFlamingo, NY First edition, first prnt. Inscribed by Banks to Stanley Cheyet on the title page.

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Near Fine condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Rabbi Stanley F. Cheyet was a professor of American Jewish history a poet and translator and was instrumental in the founding of Skirball Cultural Center. Inscribed and Dated by Author.

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Association Copy. Unclipped DJ shows a touch of overall wear; looks nice in Brodart cover. Autographed on title page. This edition is uncommon signed. First edition.

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Advanced reading copy. A lengthy novel from the author of "Affliction.

Published by HarperFlamingo, New York Signed by author Russell Banks directly on the title page; Banks vividly re-creates the antislavery movement of the s and traces it through the brutal guerilla warefare of Bloody Kansas, culminating in a haunting, powerful re-creation of Brown's insurrectionary raid on Harpers Ferry First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author.

A very clean, tight copy. Record The narrator is his son Owen, who fought at his father's side and he tells the story in a series of letters to a biographer. Owen describes his father as a loving family man and provides insight into Brown's motives for becoming an abolitionist, including business failures.

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Soft Cover. Advance Reading Copy. A fine bright copy, signed by Banks on the title page. Published by HarperCollins, NY ARC for the first edition. Glossy pictoral wraps. Unread copy in Fine condition. Advance Readers Copy. Published by Harper, New York About this Item: Harper, New York, Fine in wrappers. Massive novel about John Brown.

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Title: Cloudsplitter. Results 1 - 24 of Search Within These Results:. He's an intimidating figure, whose huge family are pulled along, without much choice, in the slipstream of his do-gooding fervour. It's a bleak time, in which the "dark fatigue of women and the death of infants are part of daily life", but there is sometimes a sense that, had Brown been as concerned with his family's wellbeing as he was with the safety of African-Americans, some of the bleakness could have been lifted.

For him, though, homes are "merely incidental". He's repressive and intolerant, and suffers from black moods which, Banks implies, could have seen him diagnosed as a manic depressive in a different age. In writing down his memories, and trying to make sense of them, it is clear Owen is surprised by some of the things he finds out about his relationship with his father; in its way, itself a form of slavery. Like a 19th-century version of the child of a celebrity, he finds his father's reputation engulfs him.

He is hyper-aware of all the things he is that his father would prefer him not to be: a non-believer, frequently lustful, often unreliable. He has an impulse to leave — is aware that other bright young men like him are going west to look for gold or stake out land, or heading to New York and Washington to build careers — but even though the elder Brown tells him he is free to go, he finds he cannot.

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He realises that, since Brown had his vision for his new American city of freed slaves, the family has been "re-cast as a single entity". The Browns are constantly on the move, helping free slaves via the Underground Railroad, and this gives Banks the chance to really glory in the majesty of a big, untamed America, in particular the sheer rockfaces, high ledges and glittering rivers of the Adirondacks.

Sometimes, because of this travelogue aspect, and its sweeping breadth, Cloudsplitter has the feel of a serious-minded answer to Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.