I loved Russell Bank's book Cloudsplitter, which I read a few years ago, and I was really looking forward to The Darling. I was not disappointed either. The Darling is set in Liberia and the US between 1975-91. It is the story of one Hannah Musgrave, who was a member of the Weather Underground. She fled from America to west Africa, where she and her African husband fell in with Charles Taylor, the notorious criminal warlord. She eventually participates in Taylor's escape from prison. This was indeed a brutal book, and I was reminded of the recent hype about Joseph Kony from Rwanda. Charles Taylor was a similar type person. But I really liked it. I think my favorite part of the book was the great narration; Hannah Musgrave's narrative is quite engaging, provocative, and beautiful. I also loved the way the Russell Banks included chimps in the story, a reminder of the natural beauty that still exists in Africa despite the political turmoil. And the book was not without some hope.
Read The Darling:
- if you love Russell Bank's books
- if you are interested in Africa
- if you're looking for a novel with great narration
|Very Good! I would recommend this book!|