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The Crow Road by Iain Banks
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Dec 25, 2009

really liked it

I've now started this review six times, deleting what I have written each time. Can I just start in the middle of the review because I can't think of anything clever to say at the beginning?

I'm not sure that there is much of a plot to this story, and what there is could actually make a very short essay. However, Mr. Banks manages to build a huge story around a thin plot, and you don't feel cheated. There was no point in the story that I felt dragged, there is no feeling of "padding". It is just an exceptionally well told story. It crosses back and forth across 50 years, covering the lives of a Scottish family. It weaves a mystery through those lives. However, you often don't care about the mystery (I'd worked out most of it well before the end), you really become involved in the lives of the characters.
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