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The Crow Road - Iain Banks

Written by the author of "The Wasp Factory", this novel describes rites of passage in a complex but enduring Scottish family. His central character's ...

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Excellent

ProA great story well written

ConsThe plot is a bit slow, my Dad couldn't get into i...

The Crow Road is my favourite Iain Banks novel. For a long time, when I was reading his books, I told myself not to re-read them, because they'd never be as good, never have as much mystery to them the second time around, and I'd get bored. But there are so many little things to pick up on, like...

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Excellent

“Bach's Mass in B Minor”

published 28/07/2004

Prothought provoking, beautifully written

Consslighty too descriptive in parts

This wonderfully written book is laden with memorable characters and poignant images. One that stuck with me particularly is from the very opening scenes of the book, 'Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach's Mass in B Minor', which takes place at the narrators Grandmothers funeral. The...

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Excellent

“Banks at his best”

published 11/11/2000

ProWell written, with excellent characters and beauti...

ConsNarritive jumps to different times with little war...

How can you dislike a novel that begins "It was the day my grandmother exploded"? Right from the start, this book kept me enthralled. There were a couple of problems with the timeline - the action jumps around rather a lot, through the life of the lead character, and it is quite difficuly, from...

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Excellent

ProA damm good read

ConsNone

“It was the day my Grandmother exploded.” If that doesn’t hook you as the first line to a novel I don’t know what will. The Crow Road is one of favourite Ian Banks books as its dark, almost black, comic overtones are mixed with a brilliant description of growing up with a very unusual family in...

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Excellent

“The Crow Road”

published 18/08/2007

ProA good story well told.

ConsNone

In my opinion this is Iain Banks best book by far. The story unfolds at a good pace, the characters, a socialist teacher, his student son, the rich neighbour and his wife [the teacher's sister] are varied and interesting and while the plot has been done before the setting is different enough to...

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Good

“Losing the plot”

published 03/10/2000

ProWell written, convincing characters

ConsWeak plot

"The Crow Road" seems to be Banks' attempt to write a literary family saga, and is his most disappointing novel. The emphasis is entirely on the characters at the expense of plot - the plot in fact hardly appears except at the end of the book, and its resolution is so simple that I spent the last...

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Written by the author of "The Wasp Factory", this novel describes rites of passage in a complex but enduring Scottish family. His central character's preoccupations with death, sex, drink, God, illegal substances and the motor car are embedded in his descriptions of the Scottish landscape.

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Type: Fiction

Genre: Modern Fiction

Title: The Crow Road

Author: Iain Banks

ISBN: 0349103232; 0349109079; 0356206521; 1596923067; 1596923075

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Listed on Ciao since: 18/07/2000