Book Review: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Penguin Press HC Published April 4, 2013 320 Pages
Penguin Press HC
Published April 4, 2013
320 Pages

George Duncan is a lonely 48 year old  divorced American living in London and owns a small print shop. One night a Crane appears in his backyard with an arrow in its wing. Capture by its beauty, George takes the arrow out ultimately saving the Crane’s life and watches it fly away.

The next day he meets the most beautiful woman he has ever met named Kumiko, who asks George to help her with her artwork. Dumbfounded he agrees and falls completely in love with her but struggles with finding out who she truly is.

Before anything take a moment to enjoy that beautiful cover. One more moment. . . . . .  . okay.

I like Patrick Ness. I think he can tell a beautiful story and make it into something greater, however he fell short with this one.

The Crane wife is a play on a Japanese folklore. The foundation of this book is the folklore however Ness tries to make it modern by telling the story through three characters; the Crane, Duncan and his daughter Amanda. My issue with this was Amanda. I don’t see her important in the story. For a 25 year old woman, she was annoying and rude as all crap. I understand why Ness factored her into the story but it was unnecessary and it made me dislike Duncan.

He was a weak man. There is a difference between being a really nice guy and being the guy that everyone walks over. Duncan was weak and succumbed to anything and for what he did I can’t say that he really loved Kumiko. He’s a grown as man allowing people to walk over him and then feeling horrible about the consequences of his actions. I pitied him.

Another issue, probably the biggest, was the fact that the book was boring.  So so so so so boring. The ending was boring and the “magic” was boring. This book died down fast even with Amanda’s useless drama.

As beautiful as the cover is the book was a disappointment. 2 Pickles.

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