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The Crow Road


From its bravura opening onwards, THE CROW ROAD is justly regarded as an outstanding contemporary novel. 'It was the day my grandmother exploded. I ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

One of my "perfect books"

by playchess on Apr 4, 2007

"It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony with Bach's Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallenach." This was the first Iain Banks novel I read, but it wasn't the last. It is brilliant - so imaginative, energetic, and original that I truly couldn't put it down. Plus the first paragraph is one of the greatest EVER. This is a wry, poignant, sexy family saga which paints a vivid picture of growing up in Scotland in the early nineties. Prentice McHoan is an attractive hero, a sarcastic, self-deprecating college student who begins to question his family's past, and in the process uncovers a ten year old mystery. He is also preoccupied with sex, drugs, alcohol, death, his relationship with his estranged father, and the unrequited love of his life. The wonderful thing about The Crow Road is that it's so unexpected: when you are positive you know what will happen next, Banks veers in some completely new direction. And the language is always fresh and engaging. To borrow a phrase, Banks jitterbugs up one page and watusis down the next: "Grandma Margot was humming to herself; she sounded happy. I wondered if she was recalling her tryst in the Lagonda's back seat. Certainly I was recalling mine; it was on the same piece of cracked and creaking, buttoned and fragrant upholstery - some years after my gran's last full sexual experience - that I had my first. This sort of thing keeps happening in my family." Don't walk, run to buy this book. You won't be sorry.

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