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TransAtlantic

A Novel

McCann, Colum

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
TransAtlantic
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Newfoundland, 1919: Aviators Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. 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. New York, 1998: Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, to shepherd Northern Ireland's notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400069590
1400069599
9780679604594
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCCANN 2013
Characteristics: 304 pages ;,25 cm

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McCann masterfully interweaves threads of stories - two pilots attempting the first air crossing from Ireland to Newfoundland, 1919; Frederick Douglass' tour of Ireland, 1845; a senator's efforts to bring about peace between England and Northern Island, 1998.


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Sep 07, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well written prose and imagery make this book worth reading. The author weaves a compelling story through generations on both sides of the Atlantic.. If you are looking for action, look elsewhere. However this novel is worth the time investment.

Aug 27, 2014
  • lorraine_on_rodney rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In the early chapters, I wasn't sure where the author was heading, but he did bring it all together very nicely and intelligently. He handled his characters with warmth and caring, while acknowledging their flaws.

Not as ambitious or flamboyant as Let the Great World Spin, one of my favorite novels, but still very worth reading.

Jun 28, 2014
  • johncruse rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Pointless rambling.

Jun 17, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Colum McCann's imagery is beautiful... describing the wind through a room as "interested in the curtains" .... lovely writing!

Jan 31, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent. Different stories, all with Ireland in the background, foreground and in-between ground, that intertwine to some degree, but which are painted with such immediacy you can almost smell the peat fires burning.

Oct 14, 2013
  • martins_mom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book, both the interwoven stories and the structure. Fans of Kate Atkinson should enjoy it too.

Sep 16, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written, but it seems strangely lacking in action, despite the often dramatic subject matter. The author tends to downplay big events in favor of the quieter moods and moments that surround them.

Aug 27, 2013
  • Don27 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved the first half of this book but feel it kind of fizzled out. It was like two (or more) different books. I thought the historical stories of Frederick Douglass, the two fliers and George Mitchell were absolutely wonderful, but thought the switch to the fully fictional family made the book feel disjointed to me.

However, Mr. McCann is a wonderful writer and his sentences are well-constructed and a pleasure to read. I want to read more of his books.

Jul 27, 2013
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another outstanding book by Colum McCann. I love the way he takes seemingly unrelated stories and weaves a thread of commonality into them. Don't be out off by the jumps I time and place. This book was well worth the wait and should win another National Book Award.

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Jun 17, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

From 1845 to 2012, the connections among a wide-ranging group of families - especially the women, whose lives seem to cross the years and touch each other.

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Jun 17, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The ceilings were low everywhere but the library, as if to force a man to bend down everywhere except near books."
(P. 77, TransAtlantic by Colum McCann)

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