Newfoundland, Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War. 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. New York, These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, the novel follows her daughter and granddaughter, Emily and Lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on.
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Instead of a democratic government, I am under a monarchical government. Instead of the bright, blue sky of America, I am covered with the soft, grey fog of the Emerald Isle. I breathe, and lo! I gaze around in vain for one who will question my equal humanity, claim me as his slave, or offer me an insult.
His most convincing attempt thus far is probably his previous book, Let the Great World Spin, which sold a million copies, and won the US National Book award. His new novel, TransAtlantic, likewise dramatises Irish-American encounters, and once again features elements of nonfiction, and a gravity-defying central metaphor.
In the second half, McCann invents a fictional family of women to tie all the threads together. Colum McCann is a very gifted, charming writer; in full, rhapsodic-onrush mode, he is hard to resist. Pondering the vast gulf between the British and the Irish, Mitchell asks himself: "How did such a small sea ever come between them? The many people who loved his last novel will certainly enjoy this one. And yet it is somehow less impressive than it ought to be. Her hair askew.
Her body long and slim and quiet against the sheets. The baby against her.
He was holding the image of his co,um people up: McCann is drawn to lives lived, and his vivid, reactive and heartfelt fiction lives and breathes, sighs and weeps. Europe was a crucible of bones. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Stay in Touch Sign up.
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann – review
Instead of a democratic government, I am under a monarchical government. Instead of the bright, blue sky of America, I am covered with the soft, grey fog of the Emerald Isle. I breathe, and lo! I gaze around in vain for one who will question my equal humanity, claim me as his slave, or offer me an insult. His most convincing attempt thus far is probably his previous book, Let the Great World Spin, which sold a million copies, and won the US National Book award.
Rating: 4. In a black American slave lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. In , two brave young airmen emerge from the carnage of World War One to pilot the very first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. And in an American senator criss-crosses the ocean in search of a lasting Irish peace. Bearing witness to these history-making moments of Frederick Douglass, John Alcock and "Teddy" Brown, and George Mitchell, and braiding the story together into one epic tale, are four generations of women from a matriarchal clan, beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan. In this story of dark and light, men and women, history and past, fiction and fact, National Book Award-winning novelist Colum McCann delivers a tour de force that is his most spectacular achievement to date. My Review: This is an ambitious book indeed.
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