[Epub] ❥ The Way the Crow Flies Author Ann-Marie MacDonald – Marjoriejane.co.uk


  • Paperback
  • 848 pages
  • The Way the Crow Flies
  • Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • English
  • 27 July 2018
  • 0060586370

10 thoughts on “The Way the Crow Flies

  1. says:

    The setting for this story is Centralia, an Air Force base in Canada We are immediately drawn into the setting of a murder, a girl in a blue dress lying in a field The following chapters detail the lives of the McCarthy family, Jack is a career officer in the RCAF, his wife Mimi, daughter Madeline and son Mike It is in the beginning that the narrative drags as we are inundated with details of life in the military The perfect wives, ready to move at any time, always there with a homemade pie The setting for this story is Centralia, an Air Force base in Canada We are immediately drawn into the setting of a murder, a girl in a blue dress lying in a field The following chapters detail the lives of the McCarthy family, Jack is a career officer in the RCAF, his wife Mimi, daughter Madeline and son Mike It is in the beginning that the narrative drags as we are inundated with details of life in the military The perfect wives, ready to move at any time, always there with a homemade pie for the newcomers, the perfect children, the successful soldiers in high offices While interesting I think this might have been accomplished with leaner dialogue.By mid book the plot becomesintricate as Madeline is one of a group of fourth graders who are being molested by their teacher, kept a secret from her parents Jack is involved in a plot to bring in and hide a Nazi scientist who is defecting to the United States to help them win the race to the moon There are a multitude of interesting characters introduced including the Frolich family Henry, a teacher at the base school, his wife and several children In addition there is an American family, Captain McCarroll along with his wife and daughter Claire who will play a significant part in further chapters This case is enriched with Ms MacDonald s artistically detailed character sketches.The last third of the book moves at a rapid pace keeping the reader quickly turning pages This book has it all, love, mystery, patriotism, growth and the ability of the human spirit to endure and flourish.I would highly recommend this book to readers of literary fiction with an aside to hang in there during the first chapters, you will be richly rewarded


  2. says:

    I really loved this book and had to read her previous novel, _Fall On Your Knees_, the minute I finished _The Way the Crow Flies_ One thing that struck me about her writing was the fact that in both books, I came to a place fairly soon in each maybe a third of the way through where she related an event that had me literally sobbing and choking with sadness and anger, and then after I blew my nose furious at McDonald herself as the author Both times I felt like putting the book down n I really loved this book and had to read her previous novel, _Fall On Your Knees_, the minute I finished _The Way the Crow Flies_ One thing that struck me about her writing was the fact that in both books, I came to a place fairly soon in each maybe a third of the way through where she related an event that had me literally sobbing and choking with sadness and anger, and then after I blew my nose furious at McDonald herself as the author Both times I felt like putting the book down no,like thowing it violently and going straight to Google to find an address to write to her so that I could say, You just can t do that to your characters That s so needlessly, gratuitously awful that I can t stand it I will not read anyFortunately, both times I just couldn t feel right about leaving the story at that horrible point and picked the books up again to read a fewpages And both times I was rewarded to find that there was a kind of recovery, and a literary justification and resolution for the horribleness inflicted, so I was glad I hadn t stopped before I got there The second part of _Crow_, especially, which catches up with the little girl as an adult, was really well connected I was put off by the jump at first just as I had been with the painful shock earlier in the book McDonald does that , but ended up really admiring the way that she connected the older woman with the young girl you could see them both in each age, sometimes obviously, and sometimes very subtly Anyway, I definitely recommend this book, with this admonition to reactionary readers such as myself Don t throw it against the wall Just keep going and you ll get through the agony to reach the understanding HmmI guess that s good advice in many circumstances, eh


  3. says:

    Warning this is a long review, but this complex book merits it This is a long, thoughtful, and multi layered novel It was recommended to me as a good depiction of life growing up on Canadian military bases, as I did And it is It centres around 8 year old Madeleine McCarthy, who s on her fourth move in 1962, and her father Jack McCarthy, a Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF officer The early part of the story is about how the McCarthys, including Madeleine s Acadian mother Mimi and her older Warning this is a long review, but this complex book merits it This is a long, thoughtful, and multi layered novel It was recommended to me as a good depiction of life growing up on Canadian military bases, as I did And it is It centres around 8 year old Madeleine McCarthy, who s on her fourth move in 1962, and her father Jack McCarthy, a Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF officer The early part of the story is about how the McCarthys, including Madeleine s Acadian mother Mimi and her older brother Mike, settle into their new home at RCAF Station Centralia, in central Ontario Author MacDonald captures very well what it s like moving all the time, setting up in yet another military supplied house I ve been there and done that and I ll attest to the accuracy She explains the lifestyle better than I could.MacDonald writes that when you move all the time, you re not from anywhere that you can locate on a map you re from a series of events You define yourself by stories what she calls remember whens not by home towns And stories are what I think this book is really about We tell stories to ourselves to make sense of our pasts We tell stories to each other We tell stories at a community or cultural level to make sense of our world And often, we only know part of anyone else s story.In addition, we sometimes lie to each other, and even to ourselves, to hide unpleasant truths Stories and lies drive this novel Madeleine tells lies to protect her parents from knowing how things are in her Grade 4 class Jack tells lies to protect the secrecy of a military intelligence operation he s involved in And society tells itself lies, or at least omits part of history, to justify actions that are at best unethical and at worst criminal Throw in post war World War II optimism and Cold War paranoia, and almost every character in this story is deceived by someone about something Only the reader knows what s going on, and even we can t be totally sure we have the whole story.Near the half way mark, all these stories and lies run against the murder of a child, which is announced on the first page, but not fully recounted until much later The murder is highly reminiscent of the Stephen Truscott case, which MacDonald acknowledges Jack and Madeleine both have information that is pertinent One of them must decide whether to lie, and the other must decide whether to tell the truth Their decisions have consequences that they must both live with Nearly 20 years later, the story picks up with Madeleine and Jack having to confront and relive the decisions they made then, and update their stories.The novel is very well written, with every word carefully chosen The whole story is told in the present tense, which gives it an immediacy that makes it very compelling It is, in short, a page turner It is very long, however over 720 pages Occasional flashbacks and flash forwards are also in the present tense, which can be a bit confusing, but it s generally easy to adjust The first portion, dealing with life on the RCAF station, is slow moving but still engrossing The pace picks up with the murder trial and its aftermath This is a sad, disturbing tale While there are moments of childhood joy and silliness, the events are, on the whole, demoralizing This is not a feel good story, but there are one or two deeply moving scenes that remind us what the real point is it s all about love


  4. says:

    deep breath Wow 1 writing was really amazing 2 spot on insight into children s world from child s point of view, along with ability to communicate from child s perspective if you are a woman, you know that girl, and you may find you were that girl 3 So many interesting layers I appreciated the Canadian insecurity, both inward focused everybody thinks we re lame and we kind of agree , and outwardly focused look at what we ve done to gain respect, and why don t we have it yet I also deep breath Wow 1 writing was really amazing 2 spot on insight into children s world from child s point of view, along with ability to communicate from child s perspective if you are a woman, you know that girl, and you may find you were that girl 3 So many interesting layers I appreciated the Canadian insecurity, both inward focused everybody thinks we re lame and we kind of agree , and outwardly focused look at what we ve done to gain respect, and why don t we have it yet I also appreciated the layer that asks, what is bravery , and challenges your preconcieved notions of who will be brave 4 Why is it that so many stories with strong little girls wind up with them being molested 5 I thoroughly enjoyed the book and thought I knew who dunit until that last 30 pages, then I realized I was actually reading a horror story, where I wound up going from practically comfortable to practically puking in about 5 minutes It was that powerful.Some of the most thoroughly best overall writing I have experienced in some time Some folks get the atmosphere, and some folks get the characters this woman gets em both Atwood s got competition on my bookshelf


  5. says:

    This book is so so amazing I decided to rate it 5 stars, but it is actually about 4.5.The only reason that it gets only 4.5 stars is because it is a bit too long and is a slow starter Other then that it is perfect and would get a perfect score, true 5 stars The writing style is enchanting, Ann Marie MacDonald is an outstanding story teller The characters are portrayed in the most amazing way that I could hope for The book has a lot of suspense, painful moments, and is told in a very believa This book is so so amazing I decided to rate it 5 stars, but it is actually about 4.5.The only reason that it gets only 4.5 stars is because it is a bit too long and is a slow starter Other then that it is perfect and would get a perfect score, true 5 stars The writing style is enchanting, Ann Marie MacDonald is an outstanding story teller The characters are portrayed in the most amazing way that I could hope for The book has a lot of suspense, painful moments, and is told in a very believable way The plot is developing, and so the reader gets to uncover the horror behind the events page by page.This is a story about Madeleine and her family Her father Jake, her mother Mimi and her brother Mike They live in a small town in Canada called Centralia, an Air Force base We get to know other little girls, Elizabeth on the wheelchair, Marjorie and her sick mother, Grace and her issues, Colleen and her brother Nick One of the topics in this book is the cold war, and there is another big black secret, that is happening in the four walls of the school.You will find a German spy, a Jewish holocaust surviver, one very important teacher, and one little girl in the heart of the mystery One year, full of events that not a single one of the participants will be able to forget, and that each and every one of them will be affected by for the rest of their lives.The book ends when Madeleine is older, she is thirty two and finally understands some of what happened to them twenty plus years earlier I would say , but every word can be a spoiler 4.5 stars rounded to 5 Planning on reading other books by this talented author


  6. says:

    I wondered whether this was a memoir disguised as a murder mystery, or a memoir injected with a murder mystery in order to hold our interest through 800 plus pages And yet the murder had to be the pivotal event around which all the other themes hung, and so I concluded that this book could have been halved in size and resulted in a muchimpactful novel.Based on the Steven Truscott case in Canada, the author weaves the events surrounding the real life murder of a 12 year old girl in 1959 in I wondered whether this was a memoir disguised as a murder mystery, or a memoir injected with a murder mystery in order to hold our interest through 800 plus pages And yet the murder had to be the pivotal event around which all the other themes hung, and so I concluded that this book could have been halved in size and resulted in a muchimpactful novel.Based on the Steven Truscott case in Canada, the author weaves the events surrounding the real life murder of a 12 year old girl in 1959 into her fictional story set in 1963 in a similar armed forces base near London, Ontario Much of the novel focuses on life in the 1960 s in the military, and this is where the memoir aspect comes in, for the author too was raised on a military base around that period The minutia of daily life replete with barbecues, picnics, schoolyard banter and family dinners are covered in excruciating and often repetitious detail During this time men worked and women stayed home to raise families The fundamental issue concerning everyone is the Bomb and its threat of nuclear war Two story lines weave in and out of each other the adult story of Jack McCarthy, newly posted to Canadian Air Force Base Centralia, and the child story of his daughter Madeleine who has to face the predators lurking in the adult world Jack is a decorated airman who never saw combat in WWII and who is chafing under the fact that he was cashiered out due to an accident on the eve of going to the battle front Madeleine is trying hard to understand adults like her teacher Mr March who gets her to do exercises after school, exercises that include fondling and strangling certain intimate body parts Other subplots and characters are woven in a defector from the Soviet Union who was part of the V2 rocket program during WWII and who provides an opportunity for Jack to do something meaningful for his country a refugee from the same program and his family of adopted Metis kids now living on the base and the lives of the inhabitants of the PMQs Permanent Married Quarters , not always harmonious despite the all expenses paid lifestyles they have.When the murder of the 12 year old Claire, Madeleine s classmate, takes place in the vicinity of the base, the lives of this close knit group are thrown into chaos with the fallout taking many generations to heal Fifteen year old Ricky Froelich, son of the refugee, is arrested and charged with the murder his father mysteriously vanishes Madeleine becomes a key witness and is forced to confront what telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is all about and Jack is faced with a concealing a secret to support the greater good Justice is miscarried in the interest of expediency Years later Madeleine and Jack are still dealing with trying to reconcile the murder she through therapy and he through multiple heart attacks In the end, with a brilliant plot twist we discover whodunit.Several points are made in the novel a In life, often the guilty escape while the innocent are punishedb Childhood is a scary timec Children can commit evil if conditioned by adultsd The price of suppression is the breakdown of healthe Sexual abuse destroys and distorts lives foreverf Canada may have been the destination of the Underground Railway for runaway US slaves in the 19th century but it was also the starting point of another Underground Railway for eastern bloc defectors going the other way.Given the political and social backdrop that this story plays out against, the authorial voice intrudes constantly making comments, observations and explanations that could have been excised to let the events speak for themselves There is a also a great deal of repetition of quotidian events that does nothing to advance the story and maintain narrative thrust, and this is annoying After reading MacDonald s first novel Fall on Your Knees and the blurbs on this her second novel, I was expecting an engaging thrill ride Instead I found a good book burdened with excessive writing, whose editor had taken a back seat in light of the fame the author had received from her debut


  7. says:

    When stories are not told, we risk losing our way Lies trip us up, lacunae gape like blanks in a footbridge Time shatters and, though we strain to follow the pieces like pebbles through the forest, we are led farther and farther astray Stories are replaced by evidence Moments disconnected from eras Exhibits plucked from experience.We forget the consolation of the common thread the way events are stained with the dye of the stories older than the facts themselves.We lose our memory.This canWhen stories are not told, we risk losing our way Lies trip us up, lacunae gape like blanks in a footbridge Time shatters and, though we strain to follow the pieces like pebbles through the forest, we are led farther and farther astray Stories are replaced by evidence Moments disconnected from eras Exhibits plucked from experience.We forget the consolation of the common thread the way events are stained with the dye of the stories older than the facts themselves.We lose our memory.This can make a person ill.This can make a world ill When I first picked up this book, I read the description and the tags and labels that people had pinned on it When I first looked at this book, I did not think I d ever read this.What persuaded me to read it was that MacDonald s first book was written so well that I wanted to see how she would tell the story of The Way the Crow Flies.But how can you tell this story of the murder of a child even if the story is partly based of the real life case of Steven Truscott How can you tell of the lies and secrets that unravel the lives of everyone involved Of the naivety of the individuals that condemn evil and, yet, at the same fail to see that it is their own simple mindedness that fuels the travesty of justice that ensues MacDonald tells it masterfully She uses imagery and language that packs a punch Never overly evocative or manipulative, she shows each story from the characters point of view and this at times makes you want to stop reading and jump in and shake the person At other times, this makes you draw the book in closer and cling to every page to find out what happens next The Way the Crow Flies is, however, not only the story of a community torn apart by the murder The book goes deeper Whilst the books main character, Madeleine, tries to deal with the events in her own life events which she feels she cannot speak of, which she feels she needs to protect her family from , her father, Jack, becomes entangled in a cold war scientific espionage plot in aid of the West s race to the moon.A boys own adventure, which in turn will make him question everything he believes in But to what end And while he is keen to teach his daughter that the truth must be told, is he mature enough to take responsibility for the consequences On another level, MacDonald draws out the individual dilemmas against a historical context not just the backdrop of the Cold War, but also that of the Second World War paralleling the space race to the development of the V2 and the atomic bomb All are inextricably linked through the people that were involved However, this link creates an issue How can the same people be working for opposing ideologiesBut he has enough his children have enough to cope with, never mind taking on the past To report this man would not only be futile it would be to exhume what is cold and can never heal To haunt his new family with the inconsolable griefs of his old one The book does not try to answer this question but offers serious food for thought Because the stories, or rather the secrets of both, father and daughter, are bound to test their ideals, their perception of each other and of the worldThis precious mess Democracy How much can be done in its name before, like an egg consumed by a snake, it becomes a mere shell Without knowing of each other s secrets, both main characters are wounded in the process Are they able to heal The Way the Crow Flies has seriously impressed me MacDonald has not only written a mystery, a political thriller, and a court room drama all in one, she also created a deep and complex psychological tour de force that questions whether the reality we perceive always ties up with the facts and how this reality changes as we mature Individuals are defined by their story unless they take action to confront it Nina says Fear isn t the opposite of courage What It s the prerequisite to courage Review originally posted on BookLikes


  8. says:

    Probably one of the greatest books i have read in 10 years So gripping and so non flashy Set in Canada, it makes it eveninteresting to me, with many plot twists throughout.


  9. says:

    From my Summer Reading List blog post May, 2012 Ann Marie McDonald The Way the Crow Flies By the time I finished this book, I could hardly believe that Ann Marie McDonald wasn t one of the most famous and popular writers on the planet This book is truly a masterpiece in the way that it captures a critical moment in history the Cuban missile crisis from a Canadian perspective through the eyes of a witty, naive observer, eight year old Madeleine, whose own secrets echo those of her militar From my Summer Reading List blog post May, 2012 Ann Marie McDonald The Way the Crow Flies By the time I finished this book, I could hardly believe that Ann Marie McDonald wasn t one of the most famous and popular writers on the planet This book is truly a masterpiece in the way that it captures a critical moment in history the Cuban missile crisis from a Canadian perspective through the eyes of a witty, naive observer, eight year old Madeleine, whose own secrets echo those of her military father A further gift of the novel is the opportunity to observe Madeleine some twenty years later as she visits her therapist and struggles to process the events of her childhood Truly remarkable I just have to add that McDonald s first book, Fall on Your Knees, is almost equally as awesome These are books I wish I hadn t read so I could read them again for the first time


  10. says:

    What I liked about this book vivid and well rounded characters , references to pop culture, dialogue in French, intrigue, deception, loyalty, a storybook marriage, historical references, beautiful descriptions of time and place , the denouement that left me feeling emotionally exhaustedWhat I didn t like some strong language, disturbing scenes of child molestation, the chapters where Madeleine is an adultI couldn t recommend this book without reservation However, after plodding through th What I liked about this book vivid and well rounded characters , references to pop culture, dialogue in French, intrigue, deception, loyalty, a storybook marriage, historical references, beautiful descriptions of time and place , the denouement that left me feeling emotionally exhaustedWhat I didn t like some strong language, disturbing scenes of child molestation, the chapters where Madeleine is an adultI couldn t recommend this book without reservation However, after plodding through the first 100 pages, I found myself both riveted and horrified by what I was reading The writing is at times stunning and evocative, but often so disturbing I had to put the book down The last third of the book moves much too slowly and doesn t effectively move the plot forward, but the resolution of the murder was both surprising and satisfying albeit awful


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