This Side of Brightnessby Colum McCann
Hailed for its "shining prose" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and "gripping realism" (Newsday), This Side of Brightness is a powerful bl of imagination and history set in underground Manhattan. At the turn of the century, New York's sandhogs burrowed beneath the East River, digging the tunnels that would link Brooklyn to Manhattan; many decades later, those same… See more details below
Hailed for its "shining prose" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and "gripping realism" (Newsday), This Side of Brightness is a powerful bl of imagination and history set in underground Manhattan. At the turn of the century, New York's sandhogs burrowed beneath the East River, digging the tunnels that would link Brooklyn to Manhattan; many decades later, those same tunnels offer refuge to the desperate and homeless. Spanning seventy years, Colum McCann's acclaimed novel tells the story of three generations bound to the tunnels by ill-fated loves, uninted crimes, and social taboos. Haunting and lyrical, This Side of Brightness delivers a tale of family, race, and redemption as bold and fabulous as New York City itself.
Luminescent. Colum McCann has taken the monumental force of the past and created from it a novel of wrenching emotional dimension, a novel resplendent with dignity.
Inside the gritty and perilous lives of the men who dug the tunnels under New York's East River, Irish novelist Colum McCann finds poetry....McCann's prose shines like the waters of the East River on a bright winter day.
Disturbingly beautiful...A dazzling blend of menace and heartbreak.
- Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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- First Edition
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- 5.50(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.84(d)
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Just wonderful. The language, the imagery, the human emotion. Dramatic, yes, but the emotions are real. The depiction of worlds and times previously unknown in such a personal intimate way really drew me in and I believed it all existed as he said! As incredible and romanticized as it all was. My new favorite book and I think it will be for awhile...
An amazing read. Not as poignant or colorfully character as "Let the Great World Spin" (which is among the greatest novels ever written), but more engaging and fascinating than "Zoli" or "TransAtlantic". Regardless, if you have never read a Colum McCann novel, you are severely missing out on one of the world's greatest living writers.
This is a very interesting, but also very scary book. At times it was confusing to keep the players straight, so I read it through, then read it again with a note pad to understand it all -- the timeline, characters, different sects, etc. it was a good book group read since I could get other peoples opinions. It did not know much about Mormons except they liked plural marriages, and what I'd read in the papers about the high-profile cases involving the fundamentalists. This book appears to go into the entire history of the religion, from it's very beginnings to the present. It discusses not only the fundamentalists but the mainstream Mormons also, giving you a good overview.
Simply the best book I have read in years -- dark, challenging, redemptive, profound and quite simply a good read. As an African-American myself, I was surprised to find out he was not
This book lacks both, but does contain clunky prose, awkward phrasing, and predictable plot lines. Read Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks if you want to read about tunnelers.