With unreliable memories and scraps of photographs as his only clues, Conor Lyons follows in the tracks of his father, a rootless photographer, as he moved from war-torn Spain, to the barren plains of Mexico, where he met and married Conor's mother, to the American West, and finally back to... show more
With unreliable memories and scraps of photographs as his only clues, Conor Lyons follows in the tracks of his father, a rootless photographer, as he moved from war-torn Spain, to the barren plains of Mexico, where he met and married Conor's mother, to the American West, and finally back to Ireland, where the marriage and the story reach their heartrending climax. As the narratives of Conor's quest and his parents' lives twine and untwine, Collum McCann creates a mesmerizing evocation of the gulf between memory and imagination, love and loss, past and present.
Publish date: October 15th 1996
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
If I'm being honest, I probably wouldn't have gotten through this if it wasn't required reading for my English class. That said, I'm really glad I DID get through it, because the last chapter or so of the book was by far the best part. Overall, not the kind of book I really enjoy, since it consists ...
'Songdogs' is one of those books I picked up rather blindly for a university task. I picked it because of its dynamic storyline, and although it's not really the kind of book I'd write, I still feel content about reading this book in particular.Colum McCann is an Irish writer; I don't know a great d...
ETA: It bothers me that I don't explain more about the theme of the story, but I don't know how to explain without giving the whole thing away. In addition I am pretty darn sure that others may not interpret this story as I do. What I think is so tragic and beautiful at the same time is that the fat...
3.5 Stars Songdogs is Colum McCann's first novel, It is a multilayered story and written with McCann's usual sharp writing style and eloquence of prose.The story is set around Conor Lyons who just returns from abroad to Mayo in Ireland after a five year trip to visit his aging father. He spends th...