The Darling

The Darling

Book - 2004
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Political radical Hannah Musgrave flees to Liberia because she is wanted by the FBI and marries Woodrow Sundita, a government official. She also establishes a sanctuary for endangered chimpanzees and associates with Liberian president Samuel Doe and insurgent Charles Taylor, while Liberia explodes into civil war.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2004
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676976731
0676976735
Branch Call Number: FIC Banks 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 391 p

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sherrycm
Apr 05, 2013

Great Read! Highly recommended - it was hard to put down.

The story of the young activiti's/terroists political life is pale in comparison to her life as a white woman/mother is liberia and the hard choices she had to make for herself and her children. Very interesting hisotry about the Underground Movement in the 1960s, the history of Liberia and the political strife of Africa. A compllex and very well written story that will make you think hard about your life!

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miranda57
Sep 16, 2010

I found this book to be very interesting and moving. Banks did and excellent job of writing from a woman's persepective, albeit a different kind of woman - one who had to sacrifice being with her own children in order to survive. Historically accurate and informative.

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tegan
May 03, 2010

This book is pretty boring. Although it is informative, introducing the reader to historical information about the unrest in Liberia in the 1980s, the slow pace and the overly detailed information about the protaganists relationship with the chimpanzees makes it a slow read. If you are looking for a Russell Banks book to read, check out Rule of the Bone or the Sweet Here After, they are much more enjoyable.

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