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|I have on my bookshelf a huge weighty tome called "Cloudsplitter" written by Russell Banks which I read some years ago. It is fictionalised account of the life of John Brown as seen through the eyes of one of his sons and I remember it as a very hard to read book, one that you really have to work at, yet, strangely, hard to put down. I never gave up on it, although I came close on several occassions, and I remember thinking when I did finish it what a satisfying experience it had been. I will read it again one day, if I ever get to the bottom of the pile of the yet unread!