The Darling

The Darling

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Russell Banks has exhibited an astonishingly imaginative range throughout his distinguished career as a novelist, and his uniquely realistic American voice, on display in such modern classics as Rule of the Bone and Continental Drift, continues to shine in this latest effort. Fans and newcomers alike will be rewarded by his incisive eye for character and his ability to deliver a relentless and engaging narrative -- always in the service of his inimitable style.

The Darling is Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison. Hannah's encounter with Taylor in America ultimately triggers a series of events whose momentum catches Hannah's family in its grip and forces her to make a heartrending choice.

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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060197353
0060197358
Branch Call Number: FICTION Banks Russell 2004
Characteristics: 391 p. ;,24 cm.

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sherrycm
Apr 05, 2013

Great Read! Highly recommended - it was hard to put down.

The story of the young activiti's/terroists political life is pale in comparison to her life as a white woman/mother is liberia and the hard choices she had to make for herself and her children. Very interesting hisotry about the Underground Movement in the 1960s, the history of Liberia and the political strife of Africa. A compllex and very well written story that will make you think hard about your life!

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miranda57
Sep 16, 2010

I found this book to be very interesting and moving. Banks did and excellent job of writing from a woman's persepective, albeit a different kind of woman - one who had to sacrifice being with her own children in order to survive. Historically accurate and informative.

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tegan
May 03, 2010

This book is pretty boring. Although it is informative, introducing the reader to historical information about the unrest in Liberia in the 1980s, the slow pace and the overly detailed information about the protaganists relationship with the chimpanzees makes it a slow read. If you are looking for a Russell Banks book to read, check out Rule of the Bone or the Sweet Here After, they are much more enjoyable.

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