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Song of the Crow

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  12 reviews
From the moment that he looks down on the ancient gray head of Noah, who is swinging his stone axe, the narrating crow in this unique and remarkable epic knows that these creators called Man are trouble. He senses, too, that the natural order of things is about to change.

At a time when so many of us are searching for meaning, Layne Maheu’s debut novel lingers in a masterfu
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 3rd 2007 by Unbridled Books (first published 2006)
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A peculiar book--sort of the story of Noah & the Ark as narrated by a crow who stows away on the ark (not as one selected to be there). This is one of those books that might just be marvelous, but I just didn't get it. It's written almost like poetry, and, like most poetry, I didn't know what the author was trying to say much of the time. It just didn't work for me.
Booksense (now IndieBound) listed it as one of their recommended books. I was interested in it for a couple of reasons, 1) the biblical theme of the flood story no less and 2) the narrator being a crow. Does that qualify as spoilers? If you don't know what happened with Noah, the ark and flood, read no further!

The book is really beautifully written. It's just it's not my kind of beautiful. The prose is more poetic than narrative much of the time and I'm sure the descriptions of the flora and fau
Kristi Brown
I LOVED this book!

Song of the Crow by Layne Maheu is an absolutely poetic and masterfully crafted novel. Song of the Crow retells the biblical story of Noah’s Ark through the eyes of a crow. Now seriously, I loved this book so much I’ve read it two and a half times! How so? Each chapter begins with a quote – these quotes alone make this an enchanting read and combined with a poetically crafted story I could not put it down.

Can you have a crush on a book? If so, then I have one on this book! And
This is an interesting premise of a book. It is a look at the Old Testament story of Noah building his ark, from the perspective of a baby crow. It's not exactly a page turner, but it is unique and well-written and I'm looking forward to seeing where Maheu goes with the whole concept.

Also looking at crows in a whole new light these days...
beautiful and mystical telling of the flood story from the perspective of a bird. The author draws on a lot of jewish midrash and creates a perception of the God's actions that inspire awe, wonder and frustration. made me re-enter the tension of natural destruction and theology with different eyes.
Carol Johnson
Beautifully written book....more poetry than novel. Interesting perspective....the story of Noah from the viewpoint of a crow. The writing was delicious but the story got a little tiresome at times.
I do not expect this book will draw many readers for its plot, as "biblical fiction from an animal's perspective" isn't at the top of the genre list. However, the prose is positively beautiful.
I thought this book was really weird. It was told in first person by a crow who was stalking Noah. That's right, Noah, the guy who built the ark.
Even though I thought this book was rediculous while I was reading it, I have never thought of crows or birds in the same way again!!
Feb 22, 2010 Lu marked it as to-read
Shelves: biblical
Story of Noah from the viewpoint of a bird
Beautiful writing, wonderfully imagined.
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