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The Darling

by Russell Banks

The Darling
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2004, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2005, 416 pages

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One of Banks's most powerful novels yet.

From the book jacket: Set in Liberia and the United States from 1975 through 1991, The Darling is a political-historical thriller -- reminiscent of Greene and Conrad -- that explodes the genre, raising serious philosophical questions about terrorism, political violence, and the clash of races and cultures.

Comment: According to some reviewers, The Darling isn't a patch on Russell Bank's 1996 novel, Cloudsplitter (a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer).  If that's the case, I just hope I can clear some space in my reading schedule at some point to read Cloudsplitter, because I found The Darling to be a rich, complex and altogether compelling read, so would be delighted to read something even better!  

If you appreciate books that tell a good story at the same time as they inform, then I strongly recommend The Darling.  I wish I could give this a ...

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