Rated of 5
by Susan Tereza (Rutledge MO)
A Thoroughly Enjoyable Challenge
Crow Road wasnt an easy read for me; I had to work to understand it. But as I found the challenge (and the writing) extremely enjoyable, I think this is a brilliant book.
My comprehension difficulties were twofold. First, Crow Road is very much a Scottish book, and doesnt appear to have been Americanized (Americanised?) for US publication. Result: I spent a lot of time with the OED looking up words and expressions I didnt know. Since I love dictionary spelunking this was more than fine with me.
The second challenge was due to the writing style. Sudden switches between times and characters and points of view were tremendously confusing at first. As I grew more used to the style, and got to know the characters, time frames and locations better, I found it invigorating rather than frustrating.
So the (eventually) enjoyable challenges of comprehension, plus very clever, often funny writing, and interesting characters and plot twists, made Crow Roada fascinating read for me.