Book Reviews of The Way the Crow Flies

The Way the Crow Flies
The Way the Crow Flies
Author: Ann-Marie MacDonald
ISBN-13: 9780060578954
ISBN-10: 0060578955
Pages: 736
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
The best book I have ever read. (So far) Left me feeling deeply moved and amazed at how one person could possibly put into words so much of life's inexplicable events. Wow, I'm amazed at this author. I have also read her first novel, "Fall on Your Knees" which is tied with the best book I've ever read. This is not a feel good book, so much, but definately worth the tears. Needs to be read!!!
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Helpful Score: 4
MacDonald is a wonderful writer, the ending is something you would not expect, characters are well-developed and the plot is intriguing.
My only complaint: this book required - and did not receive - a good edit. It held me for a long time, but then moved on to a new phase in the protagonist's life and I just didn't care. I found myself skipping page after page after page - not exactly a good sign.
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Helpful Score: 3
Enjoyed the story, but it could have ended sooner. The story of a family in Canada, there because their dad is in the military. It is about a young girl growing up on the base, and the horrible things that occur there...a murder of a young girl, the search for the killer, and troubles in school. I do enjoy her writing.
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Helpful Score: 2
I could not put this book down------------A wonderful read!!
Altho it is a hardcover and very hard to read in bed-------somehow I managed
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was quite an undertaking in the scope of time and level of detail Macdonald aspired to portray, and I think she did an excellent job. The characters are well-drawn and likeable. While the plot drags in spots, it generally advances steadily to the resolution of the central murder mystery as well as to satisfactory information about how most of the main characters ended up later in their lives. If you have a good understanding of Canada's political history and people groups, this book will probably mean even more to you than it did to me.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is another excellent novel by an excellent author...I was sad when I finally reached the end and had to say goodbye to the people in this wonderfully told story
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Helpful Score: 1
A very long, almost monumental book. It's about Madelilne from age 9-32. What happens to her at 9 is what she becomes. It is also about her family, her dad Jack, A Canadian Air Force Officer, his wife Mimi, an Acadian, therby sprinkling French phrases throughout the book, and her older brother Mike.It is also about Madeline's school chums and their combined school experiences. After about 400 pages I thought it should be over...but it goes on and on, kind of draggy until the last 25-50 pages where there is a total flip flop as vaious questions are answered and mysteries solved. A good read...revolves around child sexual abuse which in 2003 was still fresh enough to make it an Oprah's Book Club choice.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very interesting at first, but then it got very difficult to read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book took a while to hook me. The writing was good, but the beginning does drag with lengthy descriptions prior to any major plot developments. I stayed with it, though.

I recommend the book largely because it portrayed a father's dilemma between his duty to country and his duty to humanity in a way that was emotionally wrenching. His and his daughter's inability to speak freely about certain events (for very different reasons) changed the outcome of a murder investigation in a way that caused justice to take a detour.

Be forewarned that there are situations of sexual abuse of young girls in this book. It was certainly not gratuitous and was handled very well by the author, I thought. While I don't normally read novels of that nature, I was able to handle this one. It's disturbing, but in a way that is very central to why the events happened as they did.
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I loved this book! It's a long story, but one that leaves you thinking about things that may have happened in your own life.
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This story is very dark, but well written and not a predictable plot. Very good!
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Another book on my "to be kept" shelf (which has too large and must be culled). Has to be at least 4 stars.
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It took me a little while to get into this book. But once I got into it I was hooked.
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Rather long, but a really good read. Takes place in the 60's in the family neighborhood of an Air Force base near the Canadian border. A local murder intersects with global forces. The main character is an eight-year old girl, Madelaine.
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This is a stunning book, a family story with a mystery built in.
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I loved this book! Brings back memories for all baby boomers and sensitive and compulsively readable for all.
In The Way the Crow Flies, Ann- Marie MacDonald takes us back to the early 1960's, a time of optimism infused with the excitement of the space race and overshadowed by the menace of the Cold War - a war filtered through the imagination of Madeleine McCarthy, a spirited eight-year-old. Unaware that her father, jack, is caught up in his own web of secrets, she at first welcomes her family's posting to a sleepy air force base in Ontario. But then tragedy strikes, and a local murder intersects with global forces. As tension builds, Jack must decide where his loyalty lies, and Madeleine learns about the ambiguity of human morality - a lesson that will only become clear when the quest for the truth, and the killer, is renewed twenty years later.
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Very long, but easy to read. Interesting story with some surprise twists.
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I loved this book. It had such great depictions of growing up in the 1960s Kennedy space era. I found the characters so interesting and the scenario so believable. I couldn't put it down!
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One of the finest stories I've ever read. Complex, far-reaching, achingly beautiful and tragic.
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Heartbreaking, startling, profound. Expect to be drawn into the story of the McCarthy family.
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The optimism of the early 60s, infused with the excitement of the space race and the menace of the Cold war, is filtered through the rich imagination of a high spirited, eight year old Madeleine, who welcomes her family's posting to a quiet Air Force base near the Canadian border. Secure in the love of hewr beautiful mother, she is unaware that her father, Jack, is caught up in a web of secrets. When a very local murder intersects global forces, Jack decides where his loyalties lie, and Madeleine will be forced to learn a lesson about the ambiguity of human morality- one she will onlybegin to understand when she carries her quest for the truth, and the killer, into adult hood 20 years later. This story was inspired by the real life story of Steven Truscott. 810 pages.
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It's a big book, but a hard one to put down. Anyone who lived through the 60's and the Cuban Missle Crisis will certainly enjoy this book....but it's also a study in human nature, not just a history lesson!
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I really enjoyed this book. I liked the style and the setting of the '60s. It did drag a little and the murder that whole book wrapped around was left a little unmotivated, without much punishment or resolution. Still, it was an absorbing read, with a very unique style of writing that I really liked. I would definitely read more by her, though I think it would be subject dependent because I liked the young narrator much better than the older one.
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Not as good as Fall on Your Knees by the same author, but still very good!
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I hated this book for most of the entire time I read it. It's so weird to see the world through an 8 year old's eyes, so many misunderstandings, so much emotional damage. I thought the author wasted words on too many details that I felt were unnecessary, and they used the tiniest font! In the end, I think the excess of details was a necessary part of the way the story had to evolve. I ended up really loving it, and I recommend it.
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I liked this book. It's about a little girl during the Cold War and there is some intrigue with her dad and a bit of excitement and mystery.
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Madeleine McCarthy is eight years old ald lives with her family at a quiet Air Force base near the American-Canadian Border. She is secure in the loves for her family. She is unaware that her father Jack,is caught up in his own web of secrets. This in the early sixties, and is a time of optimism infused with the excitment of the space race, and overshadowed by the menace of the Cold War, is filtered through the rich imagination of a child as Madeleine draws us into her world.
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Amazing book! Very disturbing.
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When I asked my friend in Calgary for a loaner, telling her I was looking for something she could recommend, preferably Canadian since it's harder to come by Canadian novels at home, she handed me this one, saying it is like a mystery novel but "sad, but really good" which turns out to be a perfect description of this book.

I fell into it immediately (vacation reading is great that way), fell in love with the main character, and couldn't put it down. I was so pulled-in that when bad things started happening, I had a strong emotional reaction, and I realized that I really wanted the book to go on for the next 600 pages without changing.

In addition to loving this book for its characters and plot, I loved all the references to things from my childhood, like Nana Mouskouri glasses and Wink soda. It made me feel even more at home while being at home. I'll be looking out for more by this author.
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This book was a little long in the tooth for me. I think it could've been shorter and still have gotten the point across. I did enjoy it though. It just took much longer to read.
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The optimism of the early 60s infused with the excitement of the space race and the Cold War. Madeleine (8) and her family live on an airforce base in Canada. Her father is caught up in a web of secrets and she is still searching for a killer into adulthood 20 years later.