TransAtlantic: A Novel [Colum McCann] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE. TransAtlantic is a novel by Colum McCann, published in June Based upon the book, Colum wrote the lyrics for Clannad’s song “TransAtlantic”, released. In TransAtlantic, National Book Award-winning Colum McCann has achieved an outstanding act of literary bravura. Intricately crafted, poetic and deeply affecting.

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Tdansatlantic days he wishes that he could empty the chambers of the men, fill the halls instead with women. She seemed to recognize her own shame on the ground. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The baby against her.

The ones who picked through the supermarket debris for pieces of their dead husbands. Dusty and livid in the corner. I so wanted to keep reading the wonderful clum, the settings that let one think they are part of the story, and the wonderful characters that this novel contains.

A flock of starlings harried the air. Our Stories Will Outlast Us It is largely coincidental, but this was a book that seemed almost to have been written for me personally at transatlanttic particular moment in time.

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

We all need them. There is clearly an enormous amount of what one would call research that goes into this book. It quickly raises and discards concerns: Sure, it’s useful to know when it happened, and who accomplished it, but did I really care?


This is how the author put it: I can understand why this book’s rating is on the high side, and that’s because as “artists” such as James Joyce, Jackson Pollock, John Cage, and pretty much everyone who’s ever had a film in the Sundance festival demonstrate, there are a lot–a LOT–of people who can’t tell the difference between high art and pretentious nonsense.

A pair of geese went across the sky, their long necks craned. The intricate connections he has crafted between the stories of his women and our men will, by the end, have you trying to figure out, in pencil, what he seems to have written in air, in water, and—given that his subject is the confluence of Irish and American history—in blood. Reading McCann is a rare joy. Mothers and daughters and children and grandmothers, too. We have Alcock and Brown’s flight from Newfoundland to the west coast of Ireland.

Very well researched on George Mitchell and Frederick Douglass. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The graceful symmetry of the novel’s harmonious and measured structure is one of the elements of this genre-blurring fiction that McCann is so noted for. I hope this review won’t be a bunch of blathering because I want to do this book justice. Once I went back and read the summary it all came together. In a black American slave lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet.

So is the quixotic character of men, pushing boundaries that separate them in their minds from Glory. You’ll see him as the Irish did in View all 6 comments.

And then things took a sharply disappointing turn, at least for me. Do you think anyone could, nowadays, make the same sort of journey they did? Perhaps the trauma of the Troubles is too fresh – but McCann pulls back a bit for the Northern Irish chapters, oddly and paradoxically, they lack the immediacy and the “realness” fictive realness, obviously of the Civil War scenes or famine scenes.


Furthermore, I have the barbells made from old slave chains. I love the wide range of your narratives, how you dare to cover so many aspects of world events through the personal stories of those involved. Doesn’t want to embarrass him, but he’s certainly slowing up these weathers.

Thirteen Ways of Looking: But you never really know what it is that fires them into the front of your brain. What about the smaller, more anonymous moments?

Why do I love turn-of-the-century New Orleans? But to make it work for the long haul, you need to step back, as you would from a Seurat, and look at the flow of the images rather than the individual tramsatlantic.

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Like Virginia Woolf, McCann is a master of stream-of-consciousness narrative. Perhaps the thing I appreciate most about this book is that McCann’s novel is really about a family sitting in the background of these events, primarily its maternal line. But rather than spend more time describing the book and the writing, Mccabn rather include some samples of it to let the author do my talking for me. Hardcoverpages.

Most people had relegated the story to the footnotes of history.