Book Review: The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt
Preview… Leavitt’s “The Lost Language of Cranes” is a surprisingly fascinating book, one that makes you question what is normal, what is acceptable and what defines love. The tale chronicles three primary characters: a husband and wife and their adult son.
The son, Phillip, is adapting to life as an open homosexual, which is finalized by the revelation of his sexuality to his parents. Phillip’s father, Owen, is forced to confront his own latent homosexuality that has been suppressed by his long marriage to Rose. Rose is baffled by the fact that both her son and her husband are gay and wonders if there is something about her that is the cause of it.
All three characters must come to accept themselves and one another throughout the course of the book. Several fascinating minor characters pepper the book, adding in their own interesting back-stories and challenging the main characters to grow and recognize their own true natures.
You may like this book if…You like books that expose you to other worlds and other ways of life, you enjoy self-discovery novels, you like reading stories with realistic characters, you are interested in or open to the topic of homosexuality in literature (even if you are not, this well-presented story could change your mind), you appreciate a well-written book that is not preachy or overly poetic, you like learning random, interesting things that are loosely related to the plot of the story
You may not like this book if…You feel uncomfortable when authors are too descriptive about sexual matters, you prefer a more traditional love story, you do not like reading about flawed or neurotic characters, you like a book that stays directly on topic and is easy to derive meaning from, you only want to be entertained and do not want to contemplate a novel’s deeper meanings