The Crow Road

The Crow Road

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Relations with his father are strained, his brother is funnier and better-looking than he is, and the woman of his dreams is out of reach.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : MacAdam/Cage, [2008], c1992.
ISBN: 9781596923072
1596923075
Characteristics: 501 p. ; 23 cm.

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roystreet
Sep 21, 2014

Disappointing; the language is clear, concrete, and poetic, and the dialogue reproduces Scots speech wonderfully. But after a promising first chapter, it loses momentum. Like a tarpaulin-covered car being uncovered, hints of a plot come into view at about page 100. The trouble is, by that time, it was too late: the people alone just aren't that interesting. The constantly shifting settings, times, and points of view didn't help, either. After a while, keeping them straight just seemed like more effort than it was worth. The author promises us that "this sort of thing (his grandmother exploding) keeps happening in my family." But it doesn't.
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As an alternative, read "Sunset Song," the first of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's "A Scots Quair" trilogy.

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jazpur
Aug 31, 2013

In a word. Brilliant

apollö Nov 25, 2011

Great book

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