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The Crane Wife

The Crane WifeThe Crane Wife

By Patrick Ness

Source Received from the publisher via Edelweiss

Published by Canongate Books
on April 4, 2013

Received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


From Goodreads:

One night, George Duncan - decent man, a good man - is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed.

The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George's shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story.

Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.

I was drawn to this book because I love the song ‘The Crane Wife 3’ by The Decemberists; in fact, I walked down the aisle to that song at my wedding.

I’ve only read one other book by Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls, but many of his other books are on my TBR. This book is adult, not young adult, and I was not sure to expect from it.

Because I didn’t love this book, I’m going to keep this short.  To be honest, I felt mostly confused while I read this book. The writing was beautiful, but I felt as though I didn’t fully understand the story. Not only that, I felt bored by the story and it took me much longer to read this book than usual.

I didn’t feel attached to the characters or even interested in what happened to them, and I think because of that, I didn’t invest much time in trying to understand them or understand the story. I feel like there was probably a lot to delve into and explore here, but I didn’t feel like I wanted to do any of that.

The premise was very intriguing, and fans of Patrick Ness may want to check this out. Unfortunately, while the writing was wonderfully vivid, the story and characters could not keep my interest.


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