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TransAtlantic

A Novel
McCann, Colum (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A tale spanning 150 years and two continents reimagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.
Authors: McCann, Colum, 1965-
Title: TransAtlantic
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2013]
Edition: First Edition.
Characteristics: 304 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: A tale spanning 150 years and two continents reimagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.
Local Note: 6 15 16 17 18 29 35 53 57 71 76 80 97 109 118 122 133 138 143 148 150 151 152 153 159 160 167 173 175 176 182 193 198 210 211 216 222 224 226 231 242 243 244 245 250 263 264 276
ISBN: 9781400069590
1400069599
9780679604594
Statement of Responsibility: Colum McCann
Subject Headings: Transatlantic voyages Fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction.
Epic fiction.
Topical Term: Transatlantic voyages
LCCN: 2012043294
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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.

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

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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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