The Crow Road

by Iain Banks | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0349103232 Global Overview for this book
Registered by cluricaune of Armagh, Co. Armagh United Kingdom on 2/22/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by cluricaune from Armagh, Co. Armagh United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 22, 2023
The Crow Road's central character is a young Scot called Prentice McHoan - a history student at university in Glasgow. It would be fair to say, however, that he has more interest in alcohol, drugs and sex in general and the beautiful Verity Walker in particular. Prentice's key relationship, however, is probably the one he has (or, more accurately, doesn't have) with his father, Kenneth.

Rather than Glasgow, most of the story takes place in and around his home village of Gallanach - visits home are fairly regular for various parties and funerals. Most of the supporting cast is made up of his own family, the Urvills and the Watts (friends to the McHoans over several generations). Fergus Urvill is not only Kenneth's brother-in-law, but also a lifelong friend. (Very good friends, in fact, based on the amount of abuse they give each other). As boys, Kenneth and Fergus were also friendly with Lachy Watt, an uncle of some Prentice's best friends : Ashley, Dean and Darren.

I'd look on it as less of a story, and more of a book about a group of people that strange and / or funny things happen to. That may sound a little strange, but it's one of the best books I've read in a very long time, and one that I would highly recommend.

Journal Entry 2 by cluricaune at Armagh, Co. Armagh United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 22, 2023
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