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
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.
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.
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!
Not as good as Fall on Your Knees by the same author, but still very good!
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.
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.
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.