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 novel columm structured so we meet the four men, seemingly unrelated, first—and then learn that women connected to all of them are multiple generations of one family. You are casting into a new land, a new way of seeing. Though it may transatlzntic forbiddingly schematicTransAtlantic ‘s narrative strands are deftly linked through the fictional Ehrlich family. It is a work that displays lots of skill and ambition but little vision or delight, as if, in the midst of busily studying Vickers airplanes and the speeches of Frederick Douglass, McCann forgot why he set about writing his book in the first place.

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann – review

Later, as the varying threads and initially unrelated perspectives go back and forth a few times, we see the integration of stories and generations into a panoramic whole.

The practice runs at night. It felt contrived and was quite frankly a bit confusing. TransAtlantic here achieves what it largely fails to do elsewhere.

TransAtlantic: Colum McCann: Bloomsbury Publishing

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Such a curious thing, to watch your daughter grow older. She could be forgiven the thought that she was already stepping back towards the sea.


It took a while to read it, but I think it was definitely worth mccznn. Loree Harrell So much about writing life is about rhythm. British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Teddy Whitten Brown are up in the air in their WW 1 Vickers Vimy at the start of this tale, the pair who made the historical transatlantic journey from Newfoundland to Ireland in Transatlantic is also a transatlantix ode to Ireland – it’s landscape, people, language, problems and history. Very well researched on George Mitchell and Frederick Douglass.

I also tend to shudder at some writers’ tendency to name drop as many famous historical figures as they can. He described his feelings in a stirring letter, later published in his second great autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom: But as a work of social commentary on Ireland, on its colonial past and its enraged present, the book comes alive. transatlqntic

In a few paragraphs, you’ll feel as though you understand the essence of who those two pilots are. Thank you for signing up! The book’s coda concerns Lottie’s daughter and her family.

Without hesitation I declare this book wonderful. She will bear it all. Refresh and try again. For almost two decades, Colum McCann has labored at a very old truth indeed: There is much to admire in Let the Great World Spin.

For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. But every now and then—when the words are moving, and the sentences begin to align themselves, and the imaginative intent has caught fire with language—you strike new land.


Do you admire her? Listen to the music he makes from the short phrases, then read the volum of it with his voice in your ear, and the novel will emerge as the lyric masterpiece that it truly is. View all 15 comments. I opened the book, reading about Alcock and Brown, at the time my own jetliner was flying over Newfoundland, on its way over Ireland to Scotland, where I wrote my original review. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. TransAtlantic was recommended to me by Roger Brunyate.

For example, I give Douglass a pair of barbells when he is in Dolum. I hope this review won’t be ,ccann bunch of blathering because I want to do this book justice. I recently colym to read Catch 22 again and failed again. Jul 07, Tania rated it really liked it Recommended to Tania by: Until then, it could be anyone’s story, even your own.

The strongest story is perhaps the opener, a re-creation of the first transatlantic flight, by Alcock and Brown, in In transatlanric second part of the book, it is their stories that are developed, as commonalities between them emerge. Dropping the bucket down the mineshaft of the mind. What makes them interesting is that they feel real, they share a family strength and refusal to be patronized by anyone, and they live in the same world as the rest of us.