The Crow Road by Iain Banks

About the book

‘It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach. ‘Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God and illegal substances…

Reviewed by Bridewell Beauties Reading Group:

Vivid descriptions, confusing as to genre (family saga? thriller?), readable.

Star rating: **

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3 thoughts on “The Crow Road by Iain Banks”

  1. Review by Alverstoke Ladies
    Mixed reaction – some hated it, some didn’t like it , others, with Scottish connections,loved it. Generated a good discussion.
    Star rating **

  2. Review by Milford-on-Sea
    2 finished reading it, 1 liked it and now she knows where each of the characters “fit” has begun re reading. All agreed some passages painted pictures very well especially landscapes. Most disliked, “not relevant to our lives”, adolescent appeal, not worth the time. Family relationships unbelievable, very difficult to differentiate different characters/generations.
    As usual spent longer discussing in greater depth books we fail to enjoy than those we like!

  3. Review by Milford-on-Sea
    2 finished reading it, 1 liked it and now she knows where each of the characters “fit” has begun re reading. All agreed some passages painted pictures very well especially landscapes. Most disliked, “not relevant to our lives”, adolescent appeal, not worth the time. Family relationships unbelievable, very difficult to differentiate different characters/generations.
    As usual spent longer discussing in greater depth books we fail to enjoy than those we like!

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