Review: The Crane Wife (Patrick Ness)

Genre: Magical Realism

Rating: ★★★★


The extraordinary happens every day…

One night, George Duncan – decent man, a good man – is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed.
The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George’s shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story.
Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love


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 from its story plot, is its writing style. And I truly loved this one.

It’s just simply beautiful and made me easily immersed in the story without much effort. I didn’t feel any special attachment to the characters per se, but I do like the closure each of them had at the end of the story.

And that was worth it, in my opinion.

So, if you enjoy a very different take on books, or am looking for something totally different, this book might just be it. It is my first Patrick Ness novel, and I have no regrets 🙂


5 thoughts on “Review: The Crane Wife (Patrick Ness)

  1. Kat says:

    I’ve read More Than This, which I thought was an okay read. I tried reading The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I couldn’t exactly get into it. I’d still be interested in reading Ness’ works. Since this was seems the most appealing, think I’ll be reading it soon!


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