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The Darling - a worth while read for those who like a engaging story
on July 14, 2013
This is the fourth book by Russell Banks and like the others I enjoyed the read (would have given it 3 1/2 stars, but could not figure out how to do that on this web site). His style of writing is very descriptive and portrays an honest picture of what he is writing about - in this case the story of a women's lifetime trials and tribulations. Some have indicated that they see his writing as dark and depressing - that may be true, but the words on the pages of his books tell a truth that other authors might miss. His books, including this one, are what I would describe as literature, not just a good story and a fast read. This book was also interesting, in that for me, it told the story of a country - Liberia - that I knew little about. Through the eyes of a women and her history - first young, then middle aged, then old, the beauty and nightmare of that country's history came through in the novel. More that just words on a page, Russell Bank's Darling, is an engrossing story that makes you fell like "you where there" watching the events of the story unfold.