The Crow Road
"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."
So begins Iain Banks' "The Crow Road, " the tale of Prentice McHoan and his complex but enduring Scottish family. Prentice, preoccupied with thoughts of sex, death, booze, drugs, and God, has returned to his home village of Gallanach full of questions about the McHoan past, present, and future.
When his beloved Uncle Rory disappears, Prentice becomes obsessed with the papers Rory left behind -- the notes and sketches for a book called "The Crow Road." With the help of an old friend, Prentice sets out to solve the mystery of his uncle's disappearance, inadvertently confronting the McHoans' long association with tragedy -- an association that includes his sister's fatal car crash and his father's dramatic death by lightning.
"The Crow Road" is a coming-of-age story as only Iain Banks could write -- an arresting combination of dark humor, menace, and thought-provoking meditations on the nature of love, mortality, and identity.
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Review: The Crow RoadUser Review - Tim - Goodreads
The Wasp Factory was a book of raw brilliance. It spoke to me like no other book before - the paternal disconnect, the playful violence, a psychopathic anti-hero who, paradoxically, was easy to ... Read full review
Review: The Crow RoadUser Review - Megan Baxter - Goodreads
I was enjoying the hell out of this book right up until, near the end, it decided without warning to become a murder mystery. That section felt so out of place with the rest of this meandering ... Read full review