The Crow Road

The Crow Road

Book - 1993
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From its bravura opening onwards, THE CROW ROAD is justly regarded as an outstanding contemporary novel.

'It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach's Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach.'

Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God and illegal substances...

Publisher: London : Abacus, 1993 (2009 printing)
ISBN: 9780349103235
0349103232
Branch Call Number: BAN
Characteristics: 501 p. ;,20 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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