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The Crane Wife de Patrick Ness
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The Crane Wife (original: 2013; edição: 2014)

de Patrick Ness

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" A magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale, that imagines how the life of a broken-hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard. George Duncan is an American living and working in London. At forty-eight, he owns a small print shop, is divorced, and lonelier than he realizes. All of the women with whom he has relationships eventually leave him for being too nice. But one night he is woken by an astonishing sound-a terrific keening, which is coming from somewhere in his garden. When he investigates he finds a great white crane, a bird taller than even himself. It has been shot through the wing with an arrow. Moved more than he can say, George struggles to take out the arrow from the bird's wing, saving its life before it flies away into the night sky. The next morning, a shaken George tries to go about his daily life, retreating to the back of his store and making cuttings from discarded books-a harmless, personal hobby-when through the front door of the shop a woman walks in. Her name is Kumiko, and she asks George to help her with her own artwork. George is dumbstruck by her beauty and her enigmatic nature, and begins to fall desperately in love with her. She seems to hold the potential to change his entire life, if he could only get her to reveal the secret of who she is and why she has brought her artwork to him. Witty, magical, and romantic, The Crane Wife is a story of passion and sacrifice, that resonates on the level of dream and myth. It is a novel that celebrates the creative imagination, and the disruptive power of love"--"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"--… (mais)
Membro:British-Section
Título:The Crane Wife
Autores:Patrick Ness
Informação:Canongate Books (2014), Edition: Main, Paperback, 320 pages
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Etiquetas:October 2014

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The first chapter looked like fantasy. Then, it was straight fiction for a long time. A sweet love story. Then, it changed and the ending was sad and OK. It made me want to buy scissors and paper. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
George is an American ex-pat living in England. He has been there for so long that, and is so unlike the stereotypical “loud American” that most people require convincing of that fact. He lives a quiet, almost content life, but a somewhat lonely one. He gets on well with women, but the relationships never last. He is described as being too kind, too giving, but not all there. And so they leave him.

One night he wakes in the middle of the night, a strange sound, a keening, brings him to the back garden and a big white bird that has been shot by an arrow. The next day he meets Kumiko.

This book is loosely based on a Japanese folktale. In that story a fisherman rescues a crane who becomes a woman, and his wife. She brings him great wealth until his greed becomes overwhelming and he forces her to create too much. And so she leaves him.

I loved a lot of this book. Some of the quotes and ideas in it are fantastic. I always enjoy reading stories about stories, and that is a point that is brought up more than once in this book. That a story changes depending on point of view is not an original thought, but I thought it was handled well here. And the idea that no story ever ends, well, that’s true as fanfiction can attest to :)

The book may be called The Crane Wife but it isn’t about Kumiko, it is about George, and to a lesser extent his daughter Amanda. Kumiko isn’t that much of a character in the story, instead she is a catalyst and a turning point. She effects the world around her but she herself remains unchanged, unchanging, and unknowable.

I have read other reviews that say George is too much of a “nice guy” stereotype. One of those who because they do the right thing think themselves entitled to get the girl. I’d have to disagree with that reading of the story. Yes, George starts out as a nice guy, but maybe that’s because he hasn’t been challenged enough in life. He gets by with minimal fuss, and minimal drama. He gives himself in relationships but the women in his life complain that he isn’t really all there. That, to me, indicates a lack of passion. And that is what Kumiko brings to him. A passion that takes over and catches him by surprise.

And he really isn’t such a “good guy”, (but to say more would be a spoiler) but he does try his best, even when he is pushing for knowledge that he knows he shouldn’t be demanding. He is flawed, but it is a flaw that only becomes visible when he is put under strain.

The first half of this book I loved. It tailed off a little in the second half, but I still think that Ness is such a great writer. This isn’t one I can say that I totally and utterly loved but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
This was a really bizarre read. I've actually realized that I am quite fond of dark fairytales/folktales and myths - a large percentage of my library consists of this. I have read some extremely bizarre books (*cough Tender Morsels cough* so for me to say that this book was strange, believe me when I say that it is.

I still haven't made my mind up, I felt that the characters were lacking and that the story was a little all over the place but it had an underlying sense of beauty. That beauty is what kept me reading.

It has made me want to research Japanese folk tales a little more thoroughly.

I also don't think I'll ever look at a crane the same way. They are now far more majestic and magical beings.

A good read but I'm not going to lie, I struggled to get to the end. ( )
  MandaTheStrange | Oct 7, 2020 |
I loved, loved, loved The Chaos Walking Trilogy. I absolutely loved A Monster Calls. Those books made me a Patrick Ness fan, so I purchased the book as soon as it was published. Sadly, I couldn't get into this book at all. Nothing reminded me of the great storytelling of Patrick Ness. I finished the book because it's Patrick Ness, but it's a book I won't be reading again, unlike his other books. ( )
  prettygoodyear | Jun 29, 2020 |
So beautiful.....so touching....and so real. I adore this book, and every second I spent with the author’s story. The audiobook is brilliantly narrated by Jamie Glover.
5 huge stars, and highly recommended to anyone who loves a great story. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
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" A magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale, that imagines how the life of a broken-hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard. George Duncan is an American living and working in London. At forty-eight, he owns a small print shop, is divorced, and lonelier than he realizes. All of the women with whom he has relationships eventually leave him for being too nice. But one night he is woken by an astonishing sound-a terrific keening, which is coming from somewhere in his garden. When he investigates he finds a great white crane, a bird taller than even himself. It has been shot through the wing with an arrow. Moved more than he can say, George struggles to take out the arrow from the bird's wing, saving its life before it flies away into the night sky. The next morning, a shaken George tries to go about his daily life, retreating to the back of his store and making cuttings from discarded books-a harmless, personal hobby-when through the front door of the shop a woman walks in. Her name is Kumiko, and she asks George to help her with her own artwork. George is dumbstruck by her beauty and her enigmatic nature, and begins to fall desperately in love with her. She seems to hold the potential to change his entire life, if he could only get her to reveal the secret of who she is and why she has brought her artwork to him. Witty, magical, and romantic, The Crane Wife is a story of passion and sacrifice, that resonates on the level of dream and myth. It is a novel that celebrates the creative imagination, and the disruptive power of love"--"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"--

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