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Who says love stories need to be pretty? In "Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story," Russel Banks gives us a sad and sometimes brutal look into how we let physical appearance, class, and other differences divide us from our lovers. He breaks the rules and switches from first person to third person and even second person a couple of times; however, he maintains a solid voice that carries throughout the piece. His tone grounds the story and gives it emotional impact - he does not beat you over the head ...more
Wow, just wow. This is simply amazing. It has to be one of the best short stories that I've read, and I cannot believe this isn't more popular. Usually I am very fastidious when it comes to disorganized point-of-view and such, but with this (alternating between third-person, first-person, and occasionally, even second-person), I have no complaints. What Russell Banks did seemed so right that the story wouldn't have been complete if he only used a single perspective. After reading I was so disgus ...more
One of the most poignant stories I've ever read. I actually first heard this one on This American Life, with Mr. Banks reading his own work. I was driving back to work and had to pull over because it shook me with its beauty and perfection. It's a hard story, sad, a bit ugly at times, but so very honest, so true. Russell Banks is one of the country's grandest short story writers. I suggest you look him up as soon as possible.
It is somewhat similar in subject matter to "pretty Judy". An interesting investigation into class and intellectual differences with love and sexual motives mixed in. It brings the reader to ponder the protagonist's ethical responsibility in accordance to Sarah. A good read. There is lots to discuss.
Russell Banks is a member of the International Parliament of Writers and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous international prizes and awards. He has written fiction, and more recently, non-fiction, with Dreaming up America. His main works include the novels Continental Drift, Rule of the Bone, Cloudsplit ...moreMore about Russell Banks...