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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Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of the First World War to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland.
Among the letters being carried on the aircraft is one which will not be opened for almost a hundred years.
The Weight of History: Colum McCann’s “TransAtlantic” – Los Angeles Review of Books
Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. How many more bereaved mothers and grandmothers must he meet before an agreement can be reached?
Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, transaglantic in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. On his travels he inspires a young maid to cooum to New York to embrace a free world, but the land does not always fulfill its promises for her. From the violent battlefields of the Civil War to the ice lakes of northern Missouri, it is her youngest daughter Emily who eventually finds her way back to Ireland.
Can we pass from the new world to the old? How does the past shape the future?
Intricately crafted, poetic and deeply affecting it weaves together personal stories to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make trasatlantic our lives. Silkily threading together public events and private feelings, TransAtlantic says no to death with every line.
Those who can’t see folum point of historical novels will find their answer here: He coins a good phrase TransAtlantic is deft, well crafted, and broad in its imaginative range.
Stylistically, McCann shares a great deal with Michael Ondaatje, while the presence of Don DeLillo, both in form and content, is also apparent McCann is drawn to lives lived, and his vivid, reactive and heartfelt fiction lives and breathes, sighs and weeps.
Most of the novel is held remarkably together by only the most delicate of strands, through the gentle echoes resonating between the book’s diverse wandering characters McCann’s impulse is towards a Joycean magnanimity, affirmativeness and bravery Though it may sound forbiddingly schematicTransAtlantic ‘s narrative strands are deftly linked through the fictional Ehrlich family.
TransAtlantic (novel) – Wikipedia