The Reserve Reviews
"Banks is one of America's finest novelists, but this oddly distanced work lacks the passionate personal engagement of a masterpiece like Continental Drift (1985) or the bracing historical revisionism of Cloudsplitter (1998)." - Kirkus Reviews.
"This is a vividly imagined book. It has the romantic atmosphere of those great 1930s tales in film and prose, and it speeds the reader along from its first pages. In fact, Banks talents are so large-and the novel so fundamentally engaging-that it continued to pull me in even when, in its climactic moments, I could no longer comprehend why the characters were doing what they were doing .... a pleasure well worth savoring." - Publishers Weekly, Scott Turow.
"The plot gets off to a slow start, but the breathtaking scenic descriptions create a setting central to the story." - Library Journal.
"Banks works with a vast palette and a sure stylistic command. The Reserve gratifies page by page. But when the pages are gathered together, held in retrospect, there is the sense of an echo still awaited, some deeper gratification promised in the meditative pose of the mysterious, beautiful woman on the first page." - Los Angeles Times.
"The Reserve, Banks' 11th novel, reads like a wordy screenplay." - The Houston Chronicle.
"The plot of The Reserve, which takes place in the Adirondacks in the summer of 1936, moves not with the swift, sharklike momentum of his best fiction but in a hokey, herky-jerky fashion that never lets the reader forget that Mr. Banks is standing there behind the proscenium, pulling the characters strings." - The New York Times, Michiko Katutani.
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