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TransAtlantic - Colum McCann
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In the National Book Award–winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called “an emotional tour de force.” Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential... show more
In the National Book Award–winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called “an emotional tour de force.” Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined.   Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War.   Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause—despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.   New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion.   These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. 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 all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on. 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. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory.   The most mature work yet from an incomparable storyteller, TransAtlantic is a profound meditation on identity and history in a wide world that grows somehow smaller and more wondrous with each passing year.Advance praise for TransAtlantic   “This novel is beautifully hypnotic in its movements, from the grand (between two continents, across three centuries) to the most subtle. Silkily threading together public events and private feelings, TransAtlantic says no to death with every line.”—Emma Donoghue   “A masterful and profoundly moving novel that employs exquisite language to explore the limits of language and the tricks of memory . . . epic in ambition . . . audacious in format.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   “A beautiful writer . . . This is what interests McCann: lives made amid and despite violence; the hidden braids of places, times, and people; the way the old days ‘arrive back in the oddest ways.’ ”—Publishers Weekly   Praise for Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin, Winner of the National Book Award   “One of the most electric, profound novels I have read in years.”—Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times Book Review   “Stunning . . . [an] elegiac glimpse of hope.”—USA Today   “There’s so much passion and humor and pure life force on every page that you’ll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed.”—Dave Eggers
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400069590 (1400069599)
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense rated it
4.0 TransAtlantic
Disclosure: I'm Irish by heritage, if not by nationality.I like how I just kept checking off the tags just now (culture, racism, war, etc.), but that's what this book is: Any story that begins with Frederick Douglass visiting Ireland in the 1840s, when the genocide of the potato famine was really st...
Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
4.0 TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
I have mixed feelings for this book. Colum McCann is a wonderful writer. His way with words is one of the best I've read. He's a good story teller. He's got strong characters and I cared about them. The story itself was depressing. It covers the story of 4 women in a family beginning in the 18...
michaelbelis rated it
Maybe you seen a movie or show that link together a group of people that from the outside view a connection just doesn't seem possible. In the hands of good writer though a story can be fashioned where the impossible connection made possible.We are presented with several generation and their Transat...
Dem rated it
4.0 TransAtlantic
Transatlantic by Colum McCann is a page turning novel that brings together both real and fictional characters across different centuries.This novel tells the story of 3 historical events. The author keeps close to the main facts while fictionalizing the anecdotes, thoughts and actions of his charac...
lindawisniewski rated it
3.0 TransAtlantic: A Novel
Threading history and fiction, with three female characters from the same family in different times and places, and a living historical figure (George Mitchell) in the middle of the book, from all their different points of view - whew. I enjoyed reading this, don't quite know what to make of it, adm...
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