The Way the Crow Flies Paperback – 2004
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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...Read more ›
MacDonald has done an amazing job of capturing and detailing life in the early 60's during the Cuban Missile Crisis along with detailing the life of a Canadian Military family in midwestern Ontario.
A book of espionage, intrigue, murder and growing up in middle class Canada.
A harrowing account of the effects and side effects of sexual abuse right under your nose and how those who hold to "doing it right" can get it so wrong.
The author provides a beautiful but ugly ride with the McCarthey family and the reader continually gets let down and disappointed by Jack and Mimi McCarthey.
The star of this 700+ pageturner is the lovely amusing and adorable Madeline who finally comes to grips with "doing it right" and how she goes about to not only do it but get it right.
An interesting ending that makes this that much more of a gripping novel.
Thank you Ms. MacDonald for your ability to remember those little nuances that puts the reader back into the early 60's from Bugs Bunny to Cameo Menthols to the Beverly Hillbillies. Well done and very well crafted.
Highly recommended and hats off to the author for this wonderful summer read.
Also highly recommended is the true horror story called "Until You Are Dead - Steven Truscott's Long Ride Into History" by Julian Sher published by Knoph Canada. The only scarier thing about this book is that it's TRUE!
On the negative side, the participation of Madaline's father's (Jack's) involvement in the air force, past activities and rehashing of outdated military events become boring and tedious at best. Overall, I would recommend the book, although there may be parts of Jack's long-winded military career, which really added nothing to the book, that the reader might like to skim through or pass by entirely. It often seemed like the author was trying to write two books but decided to combine them in one, i.e., one about Madeline, her friends, family life, and murder, and one about Jack's life in the military. Somehow the two simply did not gel well together.
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Arrived very quickly. Read the book in HS and wanted to re-read it a decade later.
Truly great book; Definitely recommend
excellent background material on covert paper-clip operation... bringing German scientists to US secretly after WWIIPublished 7 months ago by Cedar
My favourite Ann Marie MacDonald novel. Based on th story of Steen Truscott, set in rural Ontario. Descriptie an beautifullh written.Published 11 months ago by Carrie Bertoncello
This is the kind of book that you don't want to ever end. It touches on the Cuban Missle Crisis and life growing up on military bases. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Melissa B
Nine year old Madeleine is used to moving. She moves all the time. Her father, a member of the Canadian Air Force, receives a new post every four years. Read morePublished on May 1 2009 by Jamieson Villeneuve
Macdonald is a fine writer who Canada should be proud of. Her writing is exquisite and her narrative tightly woven. The story is especially engrossing. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2008 by Bethann McLaren
This book kept be spellbound from beginning to end. I loved the author's descriptions of the places in Ontario -- it was so refreshing to read a book that takes place in Canada,... Read morePublished on May 16 2008 by A Reader