The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife

Patrick Ness / Nov 17, 2019

The Crane Wife A magical novel based on a Japanese folk tale that imagines how the life of a broken hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard George Duncan i

  • Title: The Crane Wife
  • Author: Patrick Ness
  • ISBN: 9781594205477
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale, that imagines how the life of a broken hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard George Duncan is an American living and working in London At forty eight, he owns a small print shop, is divorced, and lonelier than he realizes All of the women with whom he has relatA magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale, that imagines how the life of a broken hearted man is transformed when he rescues an injured white crane that has landed in his backyard.George Duncan is an American living and working in London At forty eight, he owns a small print shop, is divorced, and lonelier than he realizes All of the women with whom he has relationships eventually leave him for being too nice But one night he is woken by an astonishing sound a terrific keening, which is coming from somewhere in his garden When he investigates he finds a great white crane, a bird taller than even himself It has been shot through the wing with an arrow Moved than he can say, George struggles to take out the arrow from the bird s wing, saving its life before it flies away into the night sky.The next morning, a shaken George tries to go about his daily life, retreating to the back of his store and making cuttings from discarded books a harmless, personal hobby when through the front door of the shop a woman walks in Her name is Kumiko, and she asks George to help her with her own artwork George is dumbstruck by her beauty and her enigmatic nature, and begins to fall desperately in love with her She seems to hold the potential to change his entire life, if he could only get her to reveal the secret of who she is and why she has brought her artwork to him.Witty, magical, and romantic, The Crane Wife is a story of passion and sacrifice, that resonates on the level of dream and myth It is a novel that celebrates the creative imagination, and the disruptive power of love.

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      • Patrick Ness

        Patrick Ness, an award winning novelist, has written for England s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children s Book Award Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.


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    1. The Crane Wife, quite simply, didn't work for me.I've been highly anticipating this book since I learned of it's coming existence for no other reason than the fact that Patrick Ness wrote it. Ness is easily one of my favourite teen/YA writers and I find myself having to read everything he writes - even when he ventures out of his comfort zone and writes a novel for adults. Not only was I eager to jump back inside Ness's brilliant mind, but the promise of a retelling of an old Japanese folktale r [...]


    2. All stories begin before they start and never, ever finish.I loved the characters that inhabit this novel. Their fairly ordinary stories of day-to-day life and their struggles with loneliness were beautiful and involving. For me, the tale of a sad divorced gentleman, his daughter, grandchild and the prospect of a new romance was magical enough. I really didn't need the 'Crane Wife' plot and the author's attempts to tie modern day reality to the folk tale didn't work for me.There were the bones o [...]


    3. A very strange and inventive story that looks at love, forgiveness, and family. While I didn't totally get some of what happened, I was always intrigued and compelled to read on. I'm also glad to have finally read a book I've had on my shelf for years. If you're looking for a quick, unique read that's got humor and heart, this one will do the trick.


    4. Well it was OK, maybe even good which is disappointing as I expecte lot more from Patrick Ness. Competently written yes, but this book really lacks his special spice that keeps you from putting book down.


    5. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/Following one of the most bizarro days in my time perusing , I find it fitting that I pulled a Patrick Ness book out of the library bag. When so-called “authors” are attempting to cast stones at others who dare to venture out of their assigned genre – I figured it was a perfect time for me to read an author who breaks that boundary each time he puts pen to paper. I pulled The Crane Wife off the “notable releases” shelf at the library knowing abs [...]


    6. Patrick Ness got the idea for part of this book from a Japanese folk tale, The Crane Wife, a tale that I must admit was not familiar with. Mr. Ness weaves part of this tale into modern day life so effortlessly – even non-readers of fantasy/magic could read because the feelings/thought/actions that are portrayed here are real and genuine. He created a heartwarming and sweeping story about love in all its exquisiteness and fury. And it’s told through three series of events. The Mythical creatu [...]


    7. I didn't end up loving this as much as I'd thought I would. I've read two of his other books so far (A Monster Calls and The Rest of Us Just Live Here) and I loved them both, but for me this one ended up falling a little flat. I love the story this book is based on, and I did love those aspects of it. I loved the beginning and all of the magical realism elements to the book. I found the style enjoyable to read and I liked how he switched up the tone. However I just didn't really care for all the [...]


    8. 3.5 stars. "The Crane Wife" is a contemporary retelling of a Japanese folk tale. In the original story a poor sailmaker helps an injured crane by pulling an arrow from her wing. The next day a beautiful woman arrives at his home, and soon becomes his wife. She offers to weave sails for him which brings in needed income, but with the condition that he cannot watch her work. The sailmaker becomes greedy and takes in more and more orders for sails. Eventually he went into her private room as she wa [...]


    9. An act of kindness gets payed forward, a series of hearts become warmed and love takes reign.The story successfully grabs you by the first page with a scene unfolding that’s visceral and magical in its compassion and kindness.This story Crane Wife was inspired due to it being a folklore tale told to author in his youth. The author has used a unique original way to tell this tale and has used his way of retelling it and his own rules which worked and connected for me, he unorthodoxly tells two [...]


    10. Beautifully written. I just didn't connect well with any of the characters. I felt too much like an outsider when reading this. But wow dies Ness know how to build a book before your eyes. I think I'm just not at an age yet to appreciate this fully.


    11. I just want to start this review by saying that this cover does its contents no justice. It is not that I dislike the cover, but I feel it doesn't match the poignancy of the book too well. But, hey, the lesson here is to never judge a book by it's cover, kids!I read one paragraph of this book and I instantly knew I was falling in love. Having previously only read Ness' YA fiction, I was intrigued as to how his adult fiction would translate. I am so pleased to say that it had the same delicacy an [...]


    12. Sadly disappointed by this book. George is a boring, bland character that I couldn't stand, and the writing has that certain quality that I often find in adult books - the kind that make me want to bang my head against the wall. They're filled with endless descriptions dithering around for ages, talking about nothing with a hint of pretentiousness permeating every scene. And then when the themes and messages come in, they're communicated in a heavy-handed way. I don't hate this book, but I do ge [...]


    13. A whimsical and touching read. So incredibly different to all of the other books I have read from Patrick Ness - this guy has some serious skill.- So we follow the story of a man named George. One night George is woken by a strange sound coming from his garden. Upon further investigation George discovers a large crane has landed with an arrow shot through it's wing. He helps remove the arrow from the crane and the bird then takes flight, leaving George in a dazed and confused state - he can't qu [...]


    14. Original review posted on The Book Smugglers“The Crane Wife” is an old Japanese folktale. Its most common version tells the story of a poor sail maker who one day finds a wounded crane and nurses it back to health. After he releases the crane, a beautiful woman appears on his doorstep. He falls in love with her and they marry. Their marriage is happy but they are poor so his wife offers to weave these wonderful sails they can sell but only if he agrees never to watch her weaving them. They m [...]


    15. Prior to reading this novel, I had read a couple of stories in Scottish folk tales and I think in one Alice Hoffman novel, featuring a Selkie; a shape shifting faerie and the basic fairytale in The Crane Wife is not dissimilar. I'm finding out recently that I do enjoy a grown-up fairy story, a fantasy novel if you will. Ness' The Crane Wife is brilliant, a whimsy, it is simply wonderful: I must make mention that I read the volcano and the crane parts twice simply to savour the beautiful imagery. [...]


    16. When a man named George Duncan saves the life of a beautiful white crane with crimson red crest and golden eyes who has been struck by an arrow and pulling it out, he thinks it is a dream but is surprised when a mysterious young woman named Kumiko changes his life forever by giving him the gift of love and of paper cuttings that are turned into artistic masterpieces. Can their love survive and will his happiness last? Read on and find out for yourself.This is a pretty good and sad read that is b [...]



    17. Edit #2:Hmmmter reading Brigid's review, I am not sure I want to read this anymoreI'll wait for More Than This instead. Edit: Ohhhh a cover and a description! I totally love the sound of this book. Sounds reminiscent of classic fairy tales where the nice but poor girl helps out an old lady, who happens to be a magical person in disguise. Also, I've been looking to read more adult fiction and what's better than a Patrick Ness book? I cannot wait!End of edit. My logic: Patrick Ness wrote it so mus [...]


    18. Actual rating: 2.5 stars"A story needs to be told. A story must be told. How else can we live in this world that makes no sense?"One night, George Duncan is woken up by a strange keening noise in his backyard. Upon going outside, he finds a crane with an arrow through its wing. George helps the crane and sets it free––and from there, his life changes.The next day, George meets a mysterious woman named Kumiko. The two of them begin creating beautiful art pieces out of old books, and soon fall [...]


    19. Нес е толкова сладкодумен. Имам чувство, че може да опише вълнуващо и впечатляващо дори банална случка или история.Книгата ме докосна, не толкова с японската легенда за Жерава, върху която е базирана, отколкото с автентичността на взаимоотношенията между героите. Винаги съ [...]


    20. This is a book that might not be for everyone. As goes with all Japanese infused stories, poetry and art is always added into the mix which either makes us love the story, or hate it (think: Haruki Murakami). Surprisingly I enjoyed this book and all of its confusing abstract artistic glory. There isn't much of a story plot going on. Just a guy falling in love with a girl who happens to be some sort of mysterious creature created aeons ago. But the one thing I always look for in a book asides fro [...]


    21. The Crane wife is loosely based on a Japanese myth and is written as a story within a story. George is a divorced, lonely man who wakes up one night to find a wounded crane in his back garden. George removes the arrow embedded in the crane's wing and the crane flies away. The next day a beautiful woman, Kumiko, arrives at his printing business and George falls instantly in love with her. George's daughter, Amanda also divorced and lonely, and bringing up her son, JP, is often angry at her father [...]


    22. Вълшебна книга. Влезе ми много навътре. Отдавна не се бях припознавал така в книга.Но ако не сте романтик, не я четете, ще ви е скучна.


    23. As fan of folk tales, myths, and art; “The Crane Wife” by Patrick Ness instantly caught my eye. Being a novel loosely based on a Japanese folk tale plus an interpretation by the band The Decemberists; what could go wrong? In my mind, the novel could either be a pretentious mess or a multi-level treat. How did “The Crane Wife” fare? Although I have never read Ness’s other works, I understand that he is popular for his short stories; which is quickly deduced from the writing style in “ [...]


    24. This book is quite simply beautiful. A retelling/reimagining of the classic Japanese folk tale, it is a book about magic but above all, love. Ness brilliantly tells this story with the necessary ambiguity of such a story - I can't go into too much about the story as the narrative is not a standard type. The hero/protagonist George is awoken one night by the cries of a huge crane in his backyard. He struggles to set it free. The next day, Kumiko arrives in his print shop and soon blossoms a love [...]


    25. 2.5 stars. Having read MOST of Patrick Ness' books at this point in time, I can confidently say that none of them have ever been up to the standard of his Chaos Walking series. Earlier on this year I read The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, which was only slightly better than this book, and have also tried out A Monster Calls and More Than This which were both vaguely disappointing in different ways.While The Crane Wife was written confidently and had a really light, mystical feel to it, I think that [...]


    26. Ness is trying too hard to appeal to adults and as a result comes across as pretentious.But in-between the pretentious moments, there's some really juvenile moments - such as saying someone widdled or weed instead of just saying they peed. What adult says "widdled"? I also wasn't a fan of 65% male George (which is apparently the amount of masculinity being a "nice guy" rates you) and his ventures into more typical masculinity. (view spoiler)[Which involves cheating on his fiance (which he feels [...]


    27. The first fifty or so pages I was thinking "It's beautifully written. I usually hate that." And I thought about putting it down. I think it was the description of the art which really convinced me to keep going. After a while I began to appreciate the purely mundane bumping up against the magical In the end I really enjoyed it a great deal. Far too much to use words like "luminous" or "lyrical"; it's earthier than that.Library copy


    28. Uma leitura rápida mas estranha Tem aquele toque de realismo mágico de Murakami, mas não sei se cheguei a compreender a mensagem



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