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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The book is divided into two sections. It is the bridge, but sometimes the fence, between generations and nations.


He must cleave to it. This is a book that contain so many wonderful quotes one could quote indefinitely, but this is one of my favorites and a good way to end this review.

The ironies of life, and the small comforts. She had tended to so many of them.

The women you invent feel as fully fleshed as anyone. To say that their stories matter, not only to themselves but to history too. Ina group of about twenty-five writers and activists got together and began developing a story exchange program where we wanted to develop notions of rransatlantic empathy.

McCann does a remarkable job of both story telling and tying stories together.

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He uses short, concise yet powerfully descriptive sentences. His name was Pete. He struggles to become himself, as we all eventually do. The movement of clouds shaped out the wind. Colum was born in Dublin in and began his career as a journalist in The Irish Press. McCann has the knack of illuminating the everyday things of a person’s life, hidden pride, glowing praise, love for country family and children. Interestingly, with the exception of the pilots, I found the women’s mccanj much more compelling and enjoyable to read than those of the “great men”.

Roughly speaking, then, the more “historical” chapters fare better, have a transatlsntic edge, than do the most recent chapters. From the loughs of Ireland to the flatlands of Missouri and the windswept coast of Newfoundland, their journeys mirror the progress and shape of history.

I wonder if there is any one moment in your career that stands out when you felt you experienced your work as, as you say, a wall against despair.

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann – Reading Guide – : Books

What is the function of the Prologue of the novel, set in ? Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, the novel follows her daughter and granddaughter, Emily and Lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom trabsatlantic the hopes and failures of previous generations live on.

The marks of their bootprints in the mud. Let the Great World Spin was expansive enough that links between plot strands were often genuinely surprising. His name was Peader. Taking real historical characters and mixing them with characters of his own invention, and making the story realistic takes a very great talent. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. The stars collandered the Wexford night.


Colum discusses the book with The Chicago Tribune May 31 I do not want to finish this book. The intricate connections [McCann] has crafted between the stories of his women and our men [seem] written in air, in water, and—given that his subject is the confluence of Irish and American history—in blood. Apr 15, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: Taking real historical characters and mi Trite but true, all good things must come to an end.

We are in it together, make no mistake. The kid from Belfast with the kid from Detroit. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. You feel the wind and the weather on your face, and the disorientation of the clouds.