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The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness


The extraordinary happens every day…

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.

My Review

An act of kindness gets payed forward, a series of hearts become warmed and love takes reign.
The story successfully grabs you by the first page with a scene unfolding that’s visceral and magical in its compassion and kindness.
This story Crane Wife was inspired due to it being a folklore tale told to author in his youth. The author has used a unique original way to tell this tale and has used his way of retelling it and his own rules which worked and connected for me, he unorthodoxly tells two stories in one, he weaves a folklore story in a separate realm and world in separate chapters but in a parallel with the main protagonists real world story.
Dreams and realities take the storytelling to great places some mysterious, others tender and heartwarming.
There is a great tale here in the whole picture.
This starts off like a mosaic very small carefully made pieces, meaningfully put together and then the grand finished picture.
Put together like a jigsaw puzzle, when you final come away from the story, that final piece, that painting it formed in your mind, every reader or onlooker may come away with something different, another interpretation and possibly muse over it, some may see the beauty and the love it leaves you with in its grand poignant love story.
It’s the kind of story that may have you grabbing your loved ones close or seeking out humanity in need of company and cherish one more last breath before the curtain drops. This final piece, this novel is a memorable and meaningful work on the combined elements of kindness, love, regret, loss and forgiveness.
A illuminating heart, of a splendrous tale.

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 01 April 2013