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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; 1st Vintage Canada ed edition (Sept. 29 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676970958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676970951
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By toulu on Nov. 14 2013
Format: Paperback
I just didn't entre. Kept reading every night for week hoping at one point I will enjoy. Quite for now dont if I will get back to it.
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This is a tough book. It is the last years of a family that has lived in the miseries of violence and addiction. These are always complicated sooner or later by poverty and loss of soul. The very landscape has been beaten up and bought up and drilled to make it little more than a ghost of nature. Twisted and tortuous is the path of the lives and the land. The buildings are erected similarly, no beauty and not much comfort. The people who have the money are not at all nice to the ones who haven't. Corruption, exploitation and every now and then somebody gets brave enough to take off. Wade, our everyman, has a friend who made it, and he wonders after a certain amount of booze, on certain nights, if he might be able to do the same. But he knows he won't. This is a land of trailer parks perched on concrete slabs, where people fight and love in bars, with half working neon signs casting eery shadows over treacherous, icy roads.
Wade Whitehouse is a large man, with strength, sex appeal and a wound racing through him like the Mississippi and all its tributaries. His tale is told through his brother, the questionable survivor, who went to college, got out, has a career, and isn't a blackout drunk. There is the sister turned evangelical Christian, with her own frightening, crazy children. There are the ghosts of the two other brothers, dead together in some offensive in Nam. They too, haunt the bizarre story, a mystery, a murder, and the climax of a legacy.
My friends in Maine were simply out of their minds over Banks, and out of respect from these Chicagoan, Wisconsin transplants whose art awakenings I had shared, I entered into these readings seriously.
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By Nifflefoot on May 6 2002
Format: Paperback
One of the finest novels in the last 25 years. The most convincing and natural dialogue I have ever read. Russell Banks is the America's best living novelist, and this is his masterpiece.
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By "rp7mf" on April 24 2002
Format: Paperback
dude, this book was rad. it was so funny when the little girl cries because her dad of her dad beat her dad. i liked the ending because the brother talks about people working at video stores and video stores are cool. read this book anyd you will see what im talking about.
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By A Customer on Dec 25 2001
Format: Paperback
There are a lot of books out there by "cowboy poets" or sort of macho-ish writers. "Affliction" has no such pretensions, but it's more austere, rugged, and well-crafted than the best of them.
You can read the other reviews for the plot. I won't repeat it. I'll just say this: The relationship between fathers and sons haunts this book like a curse passed down through the generations, and the dynamic of that relationship--and the way it affects the men's lives--gives this book its enormous depth, compassion, and power to shock. An unforgettable read. Really a great novel of American man.
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Format: Unbound
Russell Bank's books are always good. This one is top notch: more Post Modern alienation at its best.
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By RL on Nov. 17 2001
Format: Paperback
Why do bad things happen to good people? Because their parents (stink). At least that's one of the messages that Russell Banks conveys in this dark tale of past abuses causing irrepriable emotional scars. Banks, once again, clearly illustrates that we are, at times, a product of our parents' emotional well being. Wade Whitehouse is a drinker, a loser and a clown. He makes his daughter miserable through his misguided ability to show her love. Yet, through it all, Banks makes you understand and feel empathy for Whitehouse.
Most frightening, is that in Banks' writing(Continental Drift, The Sweet Hereafter) the alienation and loneliness he describes is frequently part of all of our lives. He is perhaps our best writer for our times.
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You're not going to like any of the men in Affliction, but you will care about them nonetheless. This is an excellent book that's not afraid to show real relationships and embarass its protagonist in the process. It is an easy read because the points are not subtle--a legacy of violence is the theme and it is discussed on every page. You'll zip through this.
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