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by Anne-Marie MacDonald

Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Anne-Marie MacDonald
ISBN: 0676974082
ISBN13: 978-0676974089
Language: English
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; First Edition edition (2003)
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By any standard The Way the Crow Flies is a remarkable achievement. MacDonald’s book is brilliant on so many level. .MacDonald creates a perfect time-warped world, authentic and exact. New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

By any standard The Way the Crow Flies is a remarkable achievement. MacDonald’s story is absorbing, and her writing perceptive and sometimes poetic. The Way the Crow Flies is a thoughtful look at a time and place now gone forever, and the traces that can never be erased. New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. centres on a painful secret that will pull most readers compulsively back to this book until the last page.

So many remember-whens. From high in the tree, the crows eyed the charm bracelet glinting on her wrist. We are doomed to choose, and every choice. may entail an irreparable loss. The silver beckoned, but best to wait. MANY-SPLENDOURED THINGS. THE SUN CAME OUT after the war and our world went Technicolor. Everyone had the same idea.

Ann-Marie MacDonald said in a discussion with Oprah Winfrey about her first book, a happy ending is when someone .

MacDonald deserves another prize for THE WAY THE CROW FLIES. I tackled this book shortly after reading MacDonald's award-winning bestseller, FALL ON YOUR KNEES, which both my wife and I simply devoured, albeit a dozen years after its publication and international success. San Diego Union-Tribune). Beautifully crafte. o submit t. HE WAY THE CROW FLIES is to be both transported and haunted. That book topped 500 pages, and this one, THE WAY THE CROW FLIES, went over 800 pages! Even so, I managed to get through it in just over two weeks, even with some minor heart surgery thrown in somewhere in the middle of it.

The writing style is enchanting, Ann-Marie MacDonald is an outstanding story teller

The writing style is enchanting, Ann-Marie MacDonald is an outstanding story teller. The characters are portrayed in the most amazing way that I could hope for. The book has a lot of suspense, painful moments, and is told in a very believable way. The plot is developing, and so the reader gets to uncover the horror behind the events page by page. This is a story about Madeleine and her family. From my Summer Reading List blog post (May, 2012) Ann-Marie McDonald – The Way the Crow Flies: By the time I finished this book, I could hardly believe that Ann-Marie McDonald wasn’t one of the most famous and popular writers on the planet.

In her highly anticipated new novel, Ann-Marie MacDonald takes us back to a postwar world. At once a loving portrayal and indictment of an era, The Way the Crow Flies is a work of great heart and soaring intelligence. Fiction Historical Sagas. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Patrick Anderson, Washington Post Book WorldThe optimism of the . What a waste of time! The Way the Crow Flies is a brilliant novel that moved.

Secure in the love of her beautiful mother, she is unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in a web of secrets. It took me 16 years after having read Ann-Marie MacDonald's first novel to read her second Читать весь отзыв. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Novelist and dramatist Ann-Marie MacDonald is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning novel Fall on Your Knees. Bibliographic information. The Way the Crow Flies: A Novel. She is also the playwright of Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, which won the Governor General's Award for Drama. She lives in Toronto. Harper Collins, 2009.

Created by Canadians, test-flown by Canadian pilots, scrapped by Canadian politicians.

In her highly anticipated new novel, Ann-Marie MacDonald takes us back to a postwar world. For Madeleine McCarthy, high-spirited and eight years old, her family's posting to a quiet air force base near the Canadian-American border is at first welcome, secure as she is in the love of her family and unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in his own web of secrets. The early sixties, a time of optimism infused with the excitement of the space race and overshadowed by the menace of the Cold War, is filtered through the rich imagination of a child as Madeleine draws us into her world.

But the base is host to some intriguing inhabitants, including the unconventional Froehlich family, and the odd Mr. March, whose power over the children is a secret burden that they carry. Then tragedy strikes, and a very local murder intersects with global forces, binding the participants for life. As the tension in the McCarthys' household builds, Jack must decide where his loyalties lie, and Madeleine learns about the ambiguity of human morality -- a lesson that will become clear only when the quest for the truth, and the killer, is renewed twenty years later.

The Way the Crow Flies is a novel that is as compelling as it is rich. With her unerring eye for the whimsical, the absurd, and the quintessentially human, Ann-Marie MacDonald stunningly evokes the pain, confusion, and humor of childhood in a perilous adult world. At once a loving portrayal and indictment of an era, The Way the Crow Flies is a work of great heart and soaring intelligence.

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Kupidon
I tackled this book shortly after reading MacDonald's award-winning bestseller, FALL ON YOUR KNEES, which both my wife and I simply devoured, albeit a dozen years after its publication and international success. That book topped 500 pages, and this one, THE WAY THE CROW FLIES, went over 800 pages! Even so, I managed to get through it in just over two weeks, even with some minor heart surgery thrown in somewhere in the middle of it. This book has probably already had reams of reactions written, so there's probably not much original that I could add. It is, quite simply, 'unputdownable' (is that a word?). This book has something for everyone. I was originally intrigued by reading that the core sequence of events took place around the time of the Cuban Missile crisis in October of 1962. During that pivotal moment in Cold War history I was not quite halfway through army basic training in Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri. As trainees, we had very limited access to media reports of what was happening, but we could, I remember, feel a palpable tension emanating from our drill instructors and cadre, an unsettling sense of urgency about what they were doing - training us!

MacDonald's protagonists in TWTCF are a young family in the Royal Canadian Air Force (the RCAF no longer exists), the McCarthys. The father, Jack, is a WWII veteran and a senior officer at a training base in Centralia, Ontario. They have just been transferred there from Germany. Jack and Mimi (an Acadian beauty) have two children, Mike (Michel) and Madeline, who are twelve and eight when the story opens. Although MacDonald offers multiple points of view in the course of this mammoth epic, Madeline is the main focus of the story, with Jack running a close second. Jack's big disappointment in life was a flight training accident he suffered during the war, when he was just 18, which impaired his vision, making him unsuitable for flying status. Ever after he "flew a desk" as a support officer. That partial 'blindness' plays an important symbolic part of the narrative, as he is chronically unable to see what is happening to his children, or to properly see "the small picture" in his constant striving to understand the "big picture" of Cold War conflicts and intrigues in which he is naively embroiled, things which nearly destroy him in the end.

MacDonald is a writer of prodigious talent, mixing dark fairy tale symbolism with comical samples of pop culture and humor, and that comic relief is very necessary in this disturbing and increasingly dark story of pedophiles, political intrigue and entrapment. The author has obviously done her homework. I learned more about that aforementioned Cuban Missile crisis and also about the U.S. missile program and space race between the U.S. and the USSR from this book than I could ever have imagined. There is much here too about the sinister involvement of former Nazis and war criminals in that missile and space development program - on both sides of the Iron Curtain. (A selected bibliography is appended at the end of the novel.)

The darkest part of the plot, however, is found in the lives of the little girls of the story, Madeline and her classmates (and they come alive in ways that fiction has seldom succeeded in the past), and the vile ways in which they are victimized by an unscrupulous pedophile, practically under the noses of the children's unsuspecting and preoccupied parents. This sexual abuse has far-ranging ripples and repercussions which will haunt these kids - and their parents - for the rest of their lives, as is represented in the continuing story of Madeline McCarthy and her family over the next couple of decades.

I wonder how many people are frightened away from a book like TWTCF by its very 'heft.' I pity those readers who are. Because what MacDonald has wrought here is a simply stunningly beautiful book - primarily about human relationships and families. And she has placed it into an historical and cultural context that makes it all the more believable and effective. I can't understand how she managed to keep all those balls in the air, and how she made it all seem so effortless, so real, and so darkly beautiful. If you love good writing and a good story, I entreat you - read this book! - Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir BOOKLOVER
Fek
I'd put off reading this novel since it came out. Mostly because of the effect that 'Fall on Your Knees' had on me. (Which included handing out more than fifty copies to friends and family since its publication.) Fear must have been part of it, fear about how much better this one might be, might not be... 'Fall' was proof to me of how great writing could be. The author writing something better might have had me intimidated (yes, I'm a writer), and yet her writing something 'not better, not even as good as' might have disappointed me so much to have had a deleterious effect. Fortunately, neither possibility resulted.

Ms MacDonald is an extremely talented writer. There is an assuredness in her writing, in how she executes what she does, that goes deep. For me, a novel (or a screenplay for that matter) has its author taking the reader by the hand, saying "I have a story for you. Walk with me while I tell it to you..." When this is done with confidence (and not just 'writerly ability, getting the vocabulary, the grammar, the construction right) the whole reading experience is taken up a level, approaching being transported. And yet she does not 'over-write'. She is not prone to 'purple prose'. She is as likely to throw out a juicy riff as she is to dig deep. Clearly a great observer of people, she understands the complexities of character and relays them with honesty and humour. Moreover, though every piece of writing is, at its core, an expression of the writer, 'Crow' is clean, unencumbered by -at least to these eyes- literary earmarks.

This novel has a lot going on. And yes, I'm not sure that it needed to be as expansive as it is. ("Couldn't you just take out a few notes?") When I began the final 150 or so pages, I confess I did mutter 'This better be good...' (In fairness, it was...and it wasn't.) I'll admit that a judicious amount of editing might have made it an even better experience to read than it was. There are a sizable number of cultural references -no surprise here, as the story begins in 1962 and ends two decades-plus later- that do provide for some smiles for anyone the author's age, but at times, seemed to veer towards the indulgent...and yet...and yet Ms MacDonald does it with a very zippy, tangy flair, in a way that doesn't burden, doesn't weigh down the execution. (The sign of true talent is to make everything seem so effortless. This is what you get with her novels.)

I'd forgotten how well Ms MacDonald does heartbreak. In this regard, she reminds me of a cook who is renowned for her pastry. She puts on a meal, the courses are providing enormous pleasure for the diners, and then all of a sudden she brings out a plate and you remember "Oh...that's right...she's a pastry genius, too..." I was caught off-guard when she 'brought out the (heartache) pastry'; my usual response was to close the book and consider where it was all going...and whether or not I was up to it. But again, she manages this without it becoming this set-piece of self-indulgence.

This story has some quite-picante twists that reminded me of Ms MacDonald's craftsmanship, her authoritative ways as a writer...never mind her deft touch. By turns a travelogue of the times, an exploration of Canadiana, sexual, regional and familial identities, all wrapped around a very sobering incident, the novel is a fine tale, the sort you'd want to have a travelmate tell you on a cross-country ViaRail ride.

My standard quote regarding 'Fall on Your Knees' has always been what I opined to a bookseller: "If you're a writer, this novel will either intimidate you so much as to never write another word, or so inspire you as to write as you've never written before." ''The Way the Crow Flies'? It doesn't have the same energy, the same dynamic, or even the same intent. So maybe it's unfair to expect as strident an opinion might result from its reading. But I will say this: Ann-Marie MacDonald is a gem, someone whose talent manages to reassure while still blowing away this writer, reminding him what can be accomplished if one stays true to one's own voice.

I look forward to hearing Ms MacDonald's voice again and again and again.
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