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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.
Authors: McCann, Colum, 1965-
Title: TransAtlantic
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 304 pages ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Colum McCann
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9781400069590
1400069599
9780679604594
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCCANN 2013
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This Jul 17, 2013
  • Malca rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant novel from McCann. Could not put it down. Great for book clubs who enjoy good literary fiction.

"Spanning 150 years and two continents, this literary family saga from National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann ties Frederick Douglass' 1845 journey to Ireland with the first trans-Atlantic flight made in 1919 by two British aviators and the work of U.S. Senator George Mitchell on the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. These great men and the events they're connected to are also linked to a servant girl named Lily, who in 1846 leaves Dublin for New York, and her descendants. A meditation on time, memory, freedom, and war, this complex novel is "an experience to savor" (Kirkus Reviews)." July 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=655619

Fabulous book - a must read. If you find it 'confusing' (you may not initially 'get' how some of the characters relate to each other) ... just read and feel and don't worry about it ... it all falls into place. Beautiful storytelling. I saw, heard, felt and even smelled this story.

Report This Jul 15, 2013
  • RobertBoucher rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A must read

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