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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, ... Read review
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From its bravura opening onwards, THE CROW ROAD is justly regarded as an outstanding ... more

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...

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The Crow Road - Iain Banks

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Paperback. Pub Date :2013-07-08 Pages: 512 Language: English Publisher: Abacus It was the ... more

day my grandmother exploded I sat in the
crematorium. listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly
snoring in harmony to Bachs 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.

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Pages: 384, Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, Little, Brown

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Community Level 2Xamis

Xamis

Sex, drugs and rock'n'roll - But still not happy

AdvantagesA great story well written

DisadvantagesThe plot is a bit slow, my Dad couldn't get into it

"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 a good film, that I'll probably really enjoy re-reading it again next week. Our hero is a teenager called Prentice McHoan. He's been through life like ..." Read review
02.02.2001

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Community Level 3cocoklo

cocoklo

Bach's Mass in B Minor

Advantagesthought provoking, beautifully written

Disadvantagesslighty too descriptive in parts

"...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 rest of the book weaves around the story of a deeply complicated and torn family, set somewhere in the Scottish Highlands. The main thrust of the book is the quest of young Prentice McHoan to solve the mystery of the disappearance of his Uncle Rory; missing ..." Read review
28.07.2004

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Community Level 2andrewsi

andrewsi

Banks at his best

AdvantagesWell written, with excellent characters and beautiful descriptions

DisadvantagesNarritive jumps to different times with little warning

"...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 time to time, to keep track of what time zone we're in at any given moment. But once you get that sorted out, you will lose yourself in what is probably Banks' best book to ..." Read review
11.11.2000

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Community Level 1magilacudy

magilacudy

The Crow Road

AdvantagesA good story well told.

DisadvantagesNone

"...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 hold your attention. The relationships between the characters are true to life and the passage from past to present and back is handled well. The Crow Road, a euphemism for death, chronicals the demise of ..." Read review
18.08.2007

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Community Level 2TimothyC

TimothyC

Exploding Grandmothers what ever next

AdvantagesA damm good read

DisadvantagesNone

"“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 Scotland. The narrator, Prentice, is one of those people who you just feel sorry for considering the rest of the family and you just want everything he wishes ..." Read review
18.07.2000

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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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