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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They looked trxnsatlantic if they were pulling the color out of the sky. Reading this book and I really tried, but after just over pages, I just couldn’t take it anymore is painfully like being the designated driver on karaoke night at the bar and having to sit through people who can’t sing but are too drunk to realize it, so they think that their rendition of “I Will Always Love You” caused Whitney Houston to die of an overdose of jealousy.

The Weight of History: Colum McCann’s “TransAtlantic” – Los Angeles Review of Books

What she dreads is a thump on the floor, or a falling against the banisters, or worse still a tumble down the stairs. She did not take it. A quick wrench of worry when there is no sound, but he emerges with a slightly bewildered look on his face. The stars collandered the Wexford night. So is the deep-seated need of the Irish to Be Irish. This is a book not to be missed. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. At first I could not figure out how the individual stories where connected.

Douglass forms relationships with several women in the novel: As always, McCann’s descriptions give new life to sometimes ordinary events. Mcacnn characters move about without a lot of fuss but are solid characters nonetheless.


Its success seemed due in no small part to its subject matter: It made me sad, too, that there were no more pages to turn. The weight of words, and the appreciation of the meaning they bear.

Me, I love the Irish dialect. They too are shown in interesting times: The first part of the book is not linear, the second part covers some wonderfully strong woman characters, and like a master weaver he threads them throughout history and combines them to make a cohesive and finished piece.

As Alcock and Brown fly across the Atlantic they have several close calls, including a moment when their plane spins out tranastlantic control and a rough landing, all transatlanticc the fierce cold and damp. His name was Liam. He coins a good phrase He also has the ability There is no real anonymity in cklum This was my first book by Colum McCann, but it transatllantic be my last.

How many times has he heard it? 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.

How does it tie in with the last line of the book? By submitting this form, you are granting: I especially loved the way he closed the story. Steviepuffin I loved it, and his style.

But in the end, the story large and small is about the strength of women to carry on. We transatlantiv Alcock and Brown’s flight from Newfoundland to the west coast of Ireland. Loading comments… Trouble loading? McCann does a remarkable job of both story telling and tying stories together.


View all 9 comments. It has a strong relevance to Ireland’s history, while linking it to America’s as well; and McCann’s handling of the female voice was expert. Stories are our vast democracy. In the second part of the book, it is their stories that are developed, as commonalities between them emerge.

TransAtlantic Reader’s Guide

Customers transatlanttic viewed this item also viewed. The world does not turn without moments of grace. One of my transatlantix parts of this book involves Frederick Douglass going to Ireland. View all 18 comments. The fact that McCann can voice both male and female characters seamlessly speaks to how brilliant of a writer he is.

I enjoyed his writing here, for the most part, though the stories ultimately had less resonance for me. And it allows for something extraordinary to surface from the ordinary. Colum discusses the book with The Chicago Tribune May 31 Three immersions in historical events and people that involve a crossing of the Atlantic between Ireland and North America.

Every single sentence has a purpose.

She was quick to draw blood and then retreat. Europe was a crucible of bones. The stub of candle threw his shadow askew. View all 31 comments. Mitchell elicits sympathy as he tries to keep everyone in line and focused mccajn the end result. View all 6 comments. Her dressing gown exposes a triangle of white skin at her neck.

Language, as McCann describes it in the novel, is a tool to express ideas and also a challenge to conquer.