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A pair of geese went across the sky, their long necks craned.

And these stories connected in ways I never could have imagined, to each other and to the stories in Transatlanttic One. Read reviews that mention colum mccann world spin george mitchell great world let the great frederick douglass alcock and brown northern ireland back and forth beautifully written writing style across the atlantic historical figures frederick douglas lily duggan senator george transatlantic flight civil war short stories well written.

TransAtlantic (novel) – Wikipedia

It’s not for everyone but as a teacher of creative writing I have used passages from this book as examples of quality …more I loved it, and his style. 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. What do you think gives her the strength to continue on and become a successful merchant?


Jan 31, Rachel Watkins rated it it was amazing Shelves: She was quick to draw blood and then retreat. Can the imagined be considered real?

So the research blends in with the imaginative act until, really, they are one and the same. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying that Transatlantic is a story told in fragments of interconnected lives.

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann – review

By tfansatlantic our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. This one, by contrast, makes no claim on unity of time, but jumps around from to Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

It starts with three separate moments of history—famous people, celebrated events—but then goes on to show the history behind the history, the stories of ordinary people, forming a seamless web of living on which the great moments mccanj. Stories are our vast democracy. Who are its victims? He was holding the image of his own people up: There is clearly an enormous amount of what one would call research that goes into this book.

McCann folds his epic meticulously into this relatively slim volume like an accordion; each pleat holds music—elation and sorrow. There were segments that I was engrossed in and those that I slogged through. Can the imagined be considered real?

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann – Reading Guide – : Books

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.


The spill from each drill hole met its neighbor, a spreading sheet of freeze. But the story of the various women represent the landscape beneath, the broad picture. Dropping the bucket down the mineshaft of the mind.

As if he wished to say something, but the words, ephemeral sausages, get lodged. This is sensible and worthy enough, but TransAtlantic attempts to cover too much ground in its pages.

No beginning, no end. To get rid of oneself. Steinbeck allows us to know the Great Depression precisely because he fictionalized the truth.


You are casting into a new land, a new way of seeing. He went across the lake with the boys, sinking hole after hole in the ice, three feet apart. The inner lives and vulnerabilities he imagines for his key characters bring historic heroes transatlanyic three-dimensional life. These disparate events have links though time by three generations of fictional w This was enchanting to me.