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TransAtlantic by Colum Mccann
  

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A beautifully crafted set of interleaving stories of Ireland and America which begins with three historical events and then, in the second half of the book, follows fictional characters spun off from the opening. It is an ingenious portrayal of generations from the 1840s to the present day in a series of sketches of points in the lives of his characters. Epic in scope but not in length, the stories are not really ‘about’ anything. They are just there but they are very good. McCann is a wonderful writer, he has a gift which he shares with other Irish novelists but by widening the scope of his stories beyond Ireland he makes more of it.

If you like Colum Mccann you might also like to read books by Donal Ryan, Brian Moore and Belinda McKeon.

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Synopsis

TransAtlantic by Colum Mccann

In 1919 Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. In 1845 Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. And in 1998 Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. Stitching these stories intricately together, Colum McCann sets out to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives.

Reviews

'It is, simply, perfect' Irish Examiner

'Majestic' Sunday Times

'Quite simply one of the best, most sustained pieces of fiction I've read in some time ... A novel of true resonance and power' Independent

'His vivid, reactive and heartfelt fiction lives and breathes, sighs and weeps' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

'Beautifully hypnotic . Those who can't see the point of historical novels will find their answer here' Emma Donoghue, author of Room

'A very gifted, charming writer; in full, rhapsodic-onrush mode, he is hard to resist Guardian Beautifully poignant' -- Andrew Marr Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Colum Mccann

Colum McCann was born in Dublin in 1965. His fiction has won numerous international awards including the Rooney Prize, the Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Award, a Pushcart Prize, and Esquire magazine's Writer of the Year award in 2003. In 2005 he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film. He was recently inducted into the Hennessy Hall of Fame in Dublin. His work has been published in twenty-six languages. He has travelled widely and is based in New York, where he lives with his wife and children.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th April 2014

Author

Colum Mccann

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Author's Website

colummccann.com/

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Short Story Collections
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408841280

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