Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks

By Russell Banks

A triumph of the mind's eye and a masterpiece of recent storytelling, Cloudsplitter is narrated by way of the enigmatic Owen Brown, final surviving son of America's most renowned and nonetheless arguable political terrorist and martyr, John Brown. Deeply researched, brilliantlyplotted, and peopled with a solid of unforgettable characters either historic and completely invented, Cloudsplitter is extraordinary in its new version of the political and social panorama of our heritage in the course of the years prior to the Civil conflict, whilst slavery was once tearing the rustic aside. yet inside of this broader scope, Russell Banks has given us a riveting, suspenseful, heartbreaking narrative packed with intimate scenes of household lifestyles, of violence and motion in conflict, of romance and familial existence and demise that make the reader suppose in outstanding methods what it's wish to be alive in that point.

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Lanny would bring out the small phonograph and put on a record and teach him dancing steps—exactly as he had done for the little one’s mother. Just twenty-one years ago that had been, when Lanny had come down from Paris after the Peace Conference which had undertaken to make the world safe for Democracy and instead had made it safe for Nazi-Fascism. He had to be sly as the serpent and watchful as the tiger on the hunt; every word had to be studied, every gesture, every facial expression, and many a time he had known that his life depended upon his shrewdness.

The aristocratic Spanish lady who had inherited the bulk of the munitions king’s fortune had seventeen other names and didn’t need his. Lanny put the sealed envelope in another and larger one, and addressed this to “The Hon. Joe had instructions that the inner envelope was to be forwarded by diplomatic pouch, which, of course, always went by air. By such elaborate precautions he had in the course of three years managed to send close to a hundred reports, and without slip-up so far as he knew.

To turn traitor and menace them could mean not merely death but cruel torture preceding it. And when, after these fashionable forays, Lanny would come back to the family nest, even then he was not free; even then Duty, stern daughter of the voice of God, controlled his life. It had to be right or it was no good at all; and never once in the course of three years as presidential agent had he set down one single memorandum; never had there been on his person or in his luggage or even in his home anything that the Gestapo and the Italian OVRA were not free to peruse and to photostat.

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