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The Crane

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In an ever-expanding city, one young man claims the job of his dreams, operator of the tallest crane around. Since others envy his position, he never leaves his crane, always eager for the day—and work—to begin.

As the seasons pass, man and machine almost become one. "The crane was a giant with iron sinews, and the craneman was its heart." Then people begin to hoard their g
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 30th 2003 by NYR Children's Collection (first published December 1965)
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Nov 02, 2013 Declan rated it it was amazing
This very distinctive and original novel centres on a man whose single obsession is to be a crane driver, which he manages to become, and remain, despite many adversities and the opposition of politicians, the onset of war and the disappearance of his best friend. Eventually he finds an enduring and rich friendship with an eagle and their philosophical exchanges - as the world is ravaged and then renewed - are one of the many delights of this unusual and unpredictable novel. One of the other chi ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The Crane is a black and white picture book. It tells the story of how a bustling little town builds itself a fantastic new crane, and how it's operator never, ever comes down. Then the quirky little story takes a dark turn. It is a picture book, certainly, but I am not certain that it is, exactly, a children's book. What starts as a goofy little tale takes a turn into the territory of war, isolation, loneliness, and finally rejuvenation. I read it as a child, every summer, at my grandmother's c ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I liked this one a lot better than his other book, The Bear and the People. The story started out rather peculiarly, about a man who loves his crane so much that he builds a hut on the arm of it and lives up there. It gets more interesting as the years move on, and he sees life going on around him, including a war, which changes everything. The second half of the book had a surrealistic, fantastic feel to it, which I liked. An odd read for people who like a different kind of story. I don't care ...more
Jan 05, 2009 David rated it liked it
A quirky and amusing children's morality tale concerning the relationship between one man and his crane, and featuring an eccentric cast of characters from the human and animal worlds. The book touches on ideas of loyalty, work, idealism and death, and has wonderful illustrations by the author. NYRB's children's list is a fabulous contribution to publishing.
Jun 12, 2009 Elena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, fiction, philosophy
When I started sorting my books by author, this one was the last one on the bottom-right shelf.
I read it many times and I always found it great. Learned a lot about friendship with it.
May 26, 2011 Wright rated it really liked it
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