A triumph of the imagination and a masterpiece of modern storytelling, Cloudsplitter is narrated by the enigmatic Owen Brown, last surviving son of America's most famous and still controversial political terrorist and martyr, John Brown. Deeply researched, brilliantly plotted, and peopled with a cast of unforgettable characters both historical and wholly invented, Cloudsplitter is dazzling in its re-creation of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, when slavery was tearing the country apart. But within this broader scope, Russell Banks has given us a riveting, suspenseful, heartbreaking narrative filled with intimate scenes of domestic life, of violence and action in battle, of romance and familial life and death that make the listener feel in astonishing ways what it is like to be alive in that time.
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Yes, gave me a new perspective on a topic I knew little about.
The death of Owen's niece from accidental scalding.
John Brown by far!
Yes. Remembrances of Owen and how they were described were extraordinary.
As a southerner with predisposed attitudes toward slavery, this book opened my mind to the realities of how horrible things were for blacks and the terrible price so many people paid.
- James P. Barraza