"The Relation of My Imprisonment", by Russell Banks

I finished this book on my recent trip to Mexico. I've read other books by Banks ("Affliction" being one that stands out in my mind), and overall I like Banks' works. However, the "Relation" book...is kind of quirky. I didn't really know what to make of it. Basically, the story is about a guy who makes coffins for followers of a religion that worships the dead, and he is imprisoned when the act of making said coffins is made illegal. Banks follows a traditional style of writing, which make the descriptions of events rather long-winded. There are some moments of humor, but overall I really didn't have any strong impressions of this book, good or bad. If you're looking for a good read by Banks, don't read this one; read "Affliction" or "The Sweet Hereafter".

* Posted at 02.16.2007 07:59:12 PM CST | Link *

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