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The Reserve by Russell Banks
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Feb 01, 2012

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Read from February 01 to 06, 2012

A bit of a disappointment, as the reader was not able to feel any connection to, or empathy for, the characters. Having thoroughly enjoyed his Continental Drift, I was really anticipating another beautifully written tale, but found the prose here pedestrian and the narrative as remote as the setting in the Adirondacks. That setting turned out to be the most interesting aspect of the novel, as my family spent many summers vacationing in that vast wilderness area, although much further to the west than the area Banks writes about here. About the only take-away I gleaned from this was the fact that the Germans used hydrogen in their zeppelins because the US was the only significant source for the much safer helium and we refused to sell it to the Germans. One can only wonder what direction air travel would have taken if not for the von Hindenberg disaster.
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