When in Sydney in early April, I was lucky enough to attend a bookish event organised by Allen & Unwin in the CBD. I had to go to a memorial in Martin Place, look for a woman in a Kimono and tell her I was there to read The Crane Wife. I was then given a copy of the book.
The lucky recipients then adjourned for a flash mob reading of the book which was pretty exciting, despite the rain.
I was lucky enough to pick up an additional copy after the even which will be part of a giveaway, details to follow at the end of this review.
George, a divorced and lonely man is woken one night by a keening sound, only to discover a great white crane in his backyard. The bird is powerful and has a real presence but is painfully injured with an arrow through its wing. George helps the bird and his life is changed from that moment on.
I hadn't heard of the Japanese folk tale that formed the inspiration for this story, and I think it was better that I hadn't. It took me a while to settle into the pace of The Crane Wife - it's quite different to what I usually read - but the writing was beautiful and the themes were all about love and forgiveness. I enjoyed George's flawed character, the mythology aspects throughout the novel and the ending was very touching.
Favourite quote comes from Page 45:
"... let's-carpe-the-unexpectedly-sunny-diem-and-have-an-impromptu-picnic/endurance-session in the park..."My rating = ***
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