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The Crane Wife

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The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness, book reviewSome of you may be familiar with the old Japanese folk tale of the crane wife. It tells of a sail maker who one day finds a wounded crane and nurses it back to health; the day after it flies away, a beautiful woman arrives at the sail maker’s house and he falls in love with her. They marry, and are happy but poor. One day, the wife offers to use her skills to make new sails, but she will only do this as long at the husband promises never to watch her work. The sails that she weaves are stunning and the couple begin to make good money, but over time the husband becomes greedy. He demands that his wife makes more and more sails for him to sell, until eventually he must see how she manages to make her creations.


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