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The Reserve: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – February 10, 2009
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I, too, skimmed, which I only do when the author has totally failed to engage me, but I want to give some benefit of the doubt without a huge time investment. By the end, I suspected I'd lost absolutely nothing. There is no THERE there.
I have been a Banks fan for twenty years and all I can say is, I am baffled.
In prose as transparent as the Adirondack lake Jordan Groves sets his biplane down in, Mr. Russell creates a story in the noir tradition that in the hands of a lesser skilled writer would have been a potboiler. The plot has some unexpected twists and turns although some of the things that happen to these characters ultimately are unavoidable.Read more ›
This book is so trite, the dialogue so stilted, and the adjectives at once incredibly numerous and entirely predictable, that the result is a feeling not unlike eating three Big Macs. The main characters are cut from stock: a ca-raaaazy socialite whose mama and papa are filthy rich; a predictably handsome, womanizing, left-leaning, "square-handed and broad-shouldered" artist who flies biplanes for fun; and a backwoodsman who's as honest as he is stupid. Oh, and he's handsome, too, and virile as all get out. If this sounds like the makings of a good novel, then push aside the Harlequin Romances and buy this book. In fact, some readers like a predictable, trite book now and then, and I don't deny I occasionally pick up old books by unknown authors just to see what amused people 100 years ago. If you're looking for the modern equivalent, in literary merit, of Trail of the Lonesome Pine, this might be your book. If, however, you expect more from a writer with the reputation of Banks, skip this.
But there is potential here. I would love to see him rewrite it as an hilarious satire but alas, satire is not a Banks metier.
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Classic dark RB. ThHis is a full length novel, not a short story collection.Published 14 months ago by pkg40
Sorry. This was a big disappointment. Only good part was the descriptions of the Adirondacks way back. No likable characters.Published 15 months ago by Gail
I am a big fan of this writer and have always enjoyed cracking open one of his books. This departs a little from the territory of his finest works (such as "Affliction" and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by T. Burrows
This book was a disappointment after reading a wonderful collection of Bank's short stories. It was slow and the characters weren't very realistic. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nancy Mason
Thre was a big black blotch on the spine. I tried to erase it, but I coulldn 't. I did not send it back to but I won 't buy any more books from Amazon unless you send me another... Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Claudine Le Marec
A dreadful book by one of my favorite writers. I have read all of Russell Banks' books and this was the only one that struck a false note. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Edward Pollack
This is the only book of his I've read. Have to assume that it is anomaly. Reads like bad imitation Hemingway with its phony baloney plot and macho posturing.Published on October 20, 2013 by Delaware Beaches
Engaging tale of discontent, caring, love, and an unlikely cast of characters. For a person who knows something about the Adirondacks, the description of the setting is very well... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Almeda Reads