Everything in This Country Must: A Novella and Two Storiesby Colum McCann
In Everything in This Country Must, Colum McCann, a writer of fierce originality and haunting lyricism, has turned to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and reveals, as only a fiction writer can, the reverberations of political tragedy in the most intimate lives of men and women, parents and especially children. In the title story, a teenage girl must quash her feelings… See more details below
In Everything in This Country Must, Colum McCann, a writer of fierce originality and haunting lyricism, has turned to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and reveals, as only a fiction writer can, the reverberations of political tragedy in the most intimate lives of men and women, parents and especially children. In the title story, a teenage girl must quash her feelings of gratitude and humanity toward the British soldiers who have saved her father's horse. The young hero of the novella "Hunger Strike" tries to replicate the experience of his uncle, a Catholic prisoner in the notorious H-block on hunger strike for better conditions. And in "Wood," a small boy is torn between his parents' loyalties as he does his part for the Protestant marches.
Everything in This Country Must takes on a subject rarely tackled in fiction, and seldom with such restraint and delicacy. Writing in a new form, but with the skill and poetic force that have brought him international acclaim, Colum McCann here presents a collection of masterful short fiction--the one work to read on Northern Ireland.
There is no denying the discipline that has gone into Everything in This Country Must.
Captures that peculiar nexus of hormones, deprivation and political imperative on a Northern Irish child coming of age.
[A] stunning new book...Told in McCann's lush prose, these stories are both mesmerizing and painful.
McCann has the knack of capturing the intensity of these strongly held views in a low-key prose that underscores their vitriol, and in a way that disturbs the reader's sensibilities.
Excellent - this is a powerful and moving collection.
These are powerful stories - gritty, memorable and ambitious. The novella goes straight to the heart, both in terms of its theme and its emotional punch.
Beautfully, poetically written...the need to read them over and over again can't be denied.
Colum McCann's stories are brooding, meditative and lyrically controlled to that delicate point where the emotion within them intensifies with each succeeding reading and recognition. The political turmoil of Northern Ireland finds here an answering, subtly respondent voice wonderfully skilled and deeply felt.
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