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Song of the Crow [Paperback]

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A wing and a prayer and a promise when the waters recede.

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Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Unbridled Books
ISBN  1932961372  
ISBN13  9781932961379  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Layne Maheu lives with his son in Seattle, where he works as a carpenter. His short stories have appeared in Other Voices, Northwest Review, Ascent, and elsewhere. Song of the Crow is his first novel.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Fiction > Visionary Fiction

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Every so often you pick up a book that strikes a certain cord. Once you read the book, you sort of scratch your head and ask yourself if you have recently, or indeed in the past, read anything quite like it. You ask yourself "did I just read what I just read." For me this was one of those works. I cannot remember a book, story, work, or whatever, that has impressed me as much as this one has. It is quite remark able.

As has been pointed out by more than one reviewer here, this is the story of Noah and the building of the Ark. The twist comes in that this entire biblical epoch is written and recorded through the eyes of a crow. What this book is not, is a Sunday School story for children, nor is it an easy read; far from it. Actually I found the book to be quite difficult to manage at times, in that close attention must be paid to be able to follow the story line and the thoughts of the author. This is not a weakness though. Most things that are good, most things that teach us something require a bit of effort. This is certainly true with this particular work in which every word with worth the effort it took to read.

The author uses a lyrical style which is as good as it gets. Maheu's treating of the myth, if you will, of the flood and man's interactions with the world around him and his relationship with the other creatures he shares this planet with, is absolutely poetic. As one reviewer points out, the lover of a good folk tale as well as those who love poetry and wonderful writing will both be quite satisfied. The author's style can only be described as stunning. Even if you don't care a wit for the actual story, just reading line after line of Maheu's prose is worth every second you will spend with him. Am I impressed? You bet I am. It has been quite a number of years that a book has had such a literary impact on me and I am sure this one is going to stay with me for a long, long time.

For a work that will have a profound effect, you certainly will not go wrong with this one. The message is complex, yet at the same time so simple and the author does a beyond wonderful job of writing this wonderful tale. I highly recommend this one. It is probably the best read I have had in the past five years.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
This crow gets it right!  Jan 13, 2008
This crow gets it right! Armed with a keen observation, a poetic eye, and ear, I AM gracefully and eloquently creates an avian world of black birds amidst humans. And they all are participating in one of history's most influential events. The building of the ark, and the great flood. Original, moving, and fascinating, Song of the Crow is a book to buy and give to your friends.
A worthy exercise.  Aug 16, 2007
I originally stumbled on this book in the New Arrivals section of the library. After reading, I had to gift it to a friend. Not only has the author done considerable homework into the essence of "Crow Medicine" he has also taken the bird's point of view and created a piece that will alter your relationship to all the 'natrual world' in a way that is so needed today. I hope more books like this will appear and become widely read. A big thank you to Layne Maheu from me and all the crows in my neighborhood.
A Timely And Evocative Tale  Aug 31, 2006
At once lyrical and spare, Song of The Crow is a literary feast. I especially enjoyed journeying through the perspective of the crow "I Am" as he grew from bald and gangly dawdling in the nest to flapping through the realm of the "beastmen" and their often-incomprehensible beliefs and behaviors. How interesting that his first encounter with these creatures would be of one of them chopping down his very own tree--his life--for the building of a saving ark in which he would not be invited to ride. This is far more than a re-telling of a biblical story, but also a meditation on survival, religion, freedom of choice, and humankind's circle of oft-repeated foibles and failings--the environmental implications of which are timely, indeed, as we face the growing possibility of our own great flood. Bravo to Mr. Maheu and Unbridled Press for a brilliant debut! I will look forward with great interest to this new author's next endeavor.
Imaginative new look at an old story  Aug 25, 2006
I didn't really know what to expect from the title of this book, but it certainly was not what I could have even imagined. This is truly a work of a very vivid imagination and a very skilled writer. The images are so clear that you can almost hear the water slopping around the hull of the boat.

The descriptions of the beastmen (Noah and his family) are brutal--a realistic portray of primative peoples. The descriptions of the land, water, and air are poetic. The conversations of the crows are believable, meaningful, and insightful providing a unique look at the old story of Noah's ark. This is not a children's Sunday School version of the story. But rather it provides new dimension to an old tale emphasizing the relationship of man, animals, God, and the elements.
It was difficult to follow at times, the crow's relationship to the other crows and other animals was at times confusing. That is especially true when the bird died and its soul became a part of the entity responsible for the death. However, this is a book to be read again; once one had a better feel of these relationships, the story might take on an even clearer meaning.

In short, this is not an easy read, but it is certainly interesting, creative, and not like anything else.

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