I never listen to the same book twice but I could see making an exception. This is the kind of book that a book club should read and then REALLY talk about it. Russell Banks is so good at showing you the heart of someone whose heart you didn't think you wanted to see. Until you did.
Oh, THE KID, of course.
He did a great job of it, subtle changes for different characters.
The book was great as far as making you rethink your opinions, but it was also full of mystery, trying to figure out who the PROFFESSOR really was and what motivated him. I think it was right up there with RULE OF THE BONE, one of Bank's earlier books that I have given as a gift a dozen times.
On the surface this seems like a simple story of a young sex offender. Yes, it's interesting to hear how this kind of a conviction changes the lives of those convicted, forever. And we can learn to sympathize with those few who are punished for uncontrollable urges that border on mental illness, or who are simply looking for love in all the really wrong places. But this book is about so much more. I am grateful to Russell Banks for taking the most vilified people on the planet and writing a story of redemption through their eyes. By doing this he successfully illustrates what is, I think, almost a biblical parable. In fact there are many references to the Garden of Eden, the mistaken loss of innocence, the prodigal son, and finally an upside down, ironic sort of beautiful redemption. I loved this book, loved the narration, the writing. Well worth it.
Just finished listening to this book, I have no major criticisms about the audiobook, just wasn't too impressed with the story. I found it rather dull and depressing.
This character of a Mensa who introduces himself as:
Nothing could have saved some of the dialogue, but Scott's interpretation of
Surprise, then disappointment followed by boredom.
My first and Last Russel Banks. Life is too short.
No, I prefer to read something more worthy of my time.
I don't know
It is just a bad story