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Relation of My Imprisonment

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The Relation of My Imprisonment is a work of fiction utilizing a form invented in the seventeenth century by imprisoned Puritan divines. Designed to be exemplary, works of this type were aimed at brethren outside the prison walls and functioned primarily as figurative dramatization of the test of faith all true believers must endure. These "relation," framed by scripture a...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 27th 1996 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 1984)
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Three stars, begrudgingly. It's creative and it definitely shows Banks' ability as an author but this book is mostly pointless. In fact, I don't get it at all and I don't really care either.
Something of an academic/literary exercise, often dry, this slender novel is primarily for Banks completists only.
A Swiftian satire on the conventions of religion and the political system of imprisonment. Don't let the mock-seventeenth century style throw you--this book is very droll. Unobtrusive details are telling and sometimes hilarious.
Strange story essentially about a worshiping the dead religion and a man who practices it (and his insights henceforth).
An interesting literary excercise, but as compelling fiction? Not so much.
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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...more
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