“Crowley is one of the country’s most respected fantasy authors. His latest is a fascinating epic about a 2,000-year-old crow whose travels around the world.”
Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
John Crowley has written an attractive and fantastic account of a man who tells the story of a crow named Dar Oakley and his impossible life and death within the land of Ka.
This graciously crafted book completes one’s pursuit of a brand new work by John Crowley–the inventive and original outlook, the meticulously crafted scenes and vivid pictures, the compelling and deliberate, the pleasant and well-placed wordplay and wit.
“Ka” is a story about the influential significance of stories on human culture and life. The art of relating the novel from a near-immortal crow’s point of view is brilliant, and Crowley showcases his knowledge of corvid behavior on every page, using it as a lens through which he interrogates the violent and destructive tendencies of humans. Crowley has always deserved a big audience.
It’s a story about an undeniable loss of innocence and the ability to be completely present in this life. To a crow: dead is dead until he begins to strike up bonding with humans and becomes involved in their preoccupations for aliveness and caring for ancestors, saints, loved ones who have already died.
Then his story concludes to be simply involved with eating, nesting, and gossiping during the winter roost — but becomes a human one: lots of long journeys, loss, learning regarding grief, short happiness, revenge, hard-won wisdom, acceptance.