Raising Holy Hell: A Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 3, 2002 - Fiction - 352 pages
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On October 16, 1859, John Brown led a raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, leaving fifteen people dead. Viewed in the North as a saint of freedom and in the South as the devil incarnate, Brown was a visionary who not only foretold but made inevitable the bloody apocalypse of the Civil War. An intricate mosaic of alternating narrative voices, Bruce Old's Raising Holy Hell is an explosive, multitextured evocation of the prophetic madness of the man who saw an America damned by the sin of slavery.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

Raising Holy Hell is unique. Bruce Olds tells John Brown's story from every direction. Quotations, mythology, folk tales, court transcripts, lists, poetry, diary entries, letters, interviews, Bible ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

John Brown's body all but rises from the grave in this energetic, multifaceted treatment by first-novelist Olds. Using the collage approach to historical fiction la William T. Vollmann and others ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Bruce Olds is also the author of Bucking the Tiger, an American Library Association Notable Book. He lives in New Jersey.

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