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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410459015
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/5/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 463
  • Sales rank: 807,091
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Colum McCann
Colum McCann
Colum McCann, the author of the acclaimed Songdogs and Fishing the Sloe-Black River (Owl Books, 0-8050-4107-9), was recently described as "New York's most visible up-and-coming Irish writer" (The New York Times). He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a complex book spanning multiple characters and multiple

    This is a complex book spanning multiple characters and multiple continents. The writing is rich and inviting. The navigation of jumping from character to character is done with ease. This is a writer who knows how to entertain an audience.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

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    Colum McCann is a brilliant author. The way he tells stories tha

    Colum McCann is a brilliant author. The way he tells stories that span 150 years and yet does so in a way that is easy to follow and understand it amazing. I loved this book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

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    There is a shock of pleasure midway into this novel when one rea

    There is a shock of pleasure midway into this novel when one realizes three disparate stories of courageous, capable men on two continents are connected through the women they’ve known. The stories of these brave men are delicious vignettes to be supped upon at leisure…there is no bustle and rush as one story ends and another begins, each as delectable as the last, but that thread of connection is the mystery we struggle to untangle throughout.

    Arthur Brown, one of the first transatlantic flight team; Frederick Douglass, former slave and speaker for emancipation; George Mitchell, principal negotiator for Northern Ireland’s peace accords: these men have a faint connection over 150 years and that connection is an unopened, undelivered airmail letter that accompanied that the flight crew on their 1919 ground-breaking flight.

    The prose seems to match the stories: when we read of the transatlantic flight, the writing is muscular, propulsive. When Douglass visits the Irish countryside, there is a smoky wistfulness clinging to the pages. And in the section on George Mitchell flying back and forth to Europe from New York, we read the sheer effort in the lines.

    The novel then reveals the women that have touched these men, and by weaving in their lives the underlying links are uncovered. It brought to mind the theory of “six degrees of separation” and how closely, yet loosely, we all revolve around one another on the planet. If ever you doubted the reason for “treating another as you wish to be treated,” this is another glimpse into our intimate connection with one another, years and continents apart notwithstanding.

    I have not read other works by Colum McCann, though I have of course heard of the much-lauded Let the Great World Spin. That book alone is reason enough to be interested in this novel—to see what the man has come up with now. But I can’t help but think this new novel didn’t quite pull together great truths or leave us with something to cogitate and remember as the years roll on. Somehow literature, or the work of great novelists, should leave us something to consider, to remember, to use in our own lives. If there was anything here, it would be that connectedness—how close we are despite the distance, despite the years—but perhaps there could have been something more to round out the effort of writing (and reading) a long book.

    Of course, when one picks real-world figures, one is somewhat constrained by their history, but perhaps it wasn’t necessary to make them living men, just as the women were constructions to suit the work. When I read fiction I assume the writer is not strictly truthful, so placing a real figure in the piece makes the reader question both veracity and the lack of it. Perhaps this is one point?

    In any case, I can recommend this book to writers and readers for its organizing concept alone. There is something magical about tracing a thread of connection, however tenuous, over a century or more. It makes an intriguing premise for a novel.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

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    I loved the mix of fiction and nonfiction together. The author i

    I loved the mix of fiction and nonfiction together. The author is a master of blending the two to great effect. Two thumbs up.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Beautfully written  Fully realized characters.  Real women.  Tak

    Beautfully written  Fully realized characters.  Real women.  Takes you to Ireland from your sofa.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    great story

    I'm going to read this again

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Not as expected

    After reading the reviews of this book, I anxiously awaited the Publisher's release. It was the most disappointing book I have read this year. I am not familiar with the author so did not know what to expect. I feel it was recommended based on the name of the author, and not by the merits of the author's writing. The reviews and recommendations were very misleading. Many authors are able to successfully transcend lengthy periods of time and locations in unfolding a story, McCann's efforts were not. I will think twice before choosing to read a McCann book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

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    Author Colum McCann delivers a masterpiece. The story spans 150

    Author Colum McCann delivers a masterpiece. The story spans 150 years and many characters who are linked in various ways - as revealed as the book goes on. The writing is brilliant. The characters are interesting to get to know.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

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    Four stories are interwoven in this novel of escaping the bounda

    Four stories are interwoven in this novel of escaping the boundaries of earth and soaring to a peaceful yet ecstatic state of mind and soul.  Yet this is the stuff of history so often given noble status and sometimes just ignored as a cog in a wheel.  Colum McCann gives all equally dignified and seminal status!
    First we read about the first flight in 1919 from England to Ireland of Arthur Brown and his transatlantic team, flying a former bomber plane used in the First World War.  One carries a letter that never gets delivered but will show up years and years later to be given dubious recognition.  
    Then we meet Frederick Douglass who arrives in Ireland in 1845 and again in 1846 to speak and listen about the emancipation of slavery while he observes the beginning of the Great Famine and the hatred between Ireland and England over the fight for Irish independence. 
    The story of George Mitchell’s diplomatic quest in 1998 for Irish Independence is told from multiple perspectives, but it’s mainly Mitchell’s perseverance and frustration that stands out vividly in a cause with so many points of view and demands that it’s mind-boggling.  It feels hopeless yet Mitchell never gives up hope, even as he truly yearns to be home in America with his wife and infant son.
     One young woman is inspired by Frederick Douglass’s eloquent speech about freedom and her story is the multigenerational story told for the last portion of the novel.  This is a story about women whose strength is what forges great nations behind the scenes and beyond the ephemeral talk and ideas of politicians, poets and storytellers themselves.
    It takes a bit of time before one begins to connect the dots in this very fine historical and contemporary novel.  It’s truly a timeless classic work of fiction presented in a highly literate yet readable style.  While it doesn’t brook foolish theories or deny the negative aspects of people or issues, it dreams larger than the muck it seeks to surmount.  For that it deserves great praise and high recommendations!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    great writer, good story....

    A several generations saga set for the most part in Ireland. From the era of slavery to the beginnings of aviation it tells quite the history. There is also a "mysterious" letter through the years that, once opened, would make a way for a new family history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Katsa

    :3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Question

    Um, kind of, but not really. I'm a girl and, yes, I definately have traits/personality that would not be described as femine by society, but I don't feel the need to be transgender. Yes, there have been times when I wished was male because they seem to have easier lives, but I've never considered changing myself. I guess what I'm trying to ask is - When you say "I felt like a boy trapped in a girl's body..." are you saying that a boy has one kind of personality and a girl has another? Because I feel that only thing inherently different about males and females is their gentalia. I just want to say I fully support your chioce, I just don't understand it. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Leo to question

    No boys dont have a certain personality and girls another..... its hard to describe.... i personally just want people to see me as a boy. If you really want to understand just look up the term dysphoria. Its a hard feeling to explain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Nat

    I cant believe someone else is like me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Boring

    This book was so boring and is only the third book I have ever stopped reading without finishing it. About the time I would get into one of the stories, the chapter would end and a new one would begin. I hated this format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    This is our February book club book

    I enjoyed the book but not as much as my Irish friends. The part about George Mitchell was fascinating. It was an interesting book - just not one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Too sliw Too slow and choppy

    I couldnt finish the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    So Slow barely could get through it

    About as slow as a turtle in mud. Needed more narrative and less, detailed, pinpoint description. Also I figured the three story lines would intersect but when they did, a let down.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    I heard a lot of great things about this book, but I had to put

    I heard a lot of great things about this book, but I had to put it down - the no quotes thing is really annoying me and I just can't get into it. Sad I wasted the money to buy it!

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    I rarely ever put a book down once I buy it. But, this one I di

    I rarely ever put a book down once I buy it. But, this one I did. The two stories I read were just so-so, and left one feeling that something was missing, like: Why is there no closure to these? The writing style is unusual, but quite descriptive, and colorful, but had I known these stories were not related, or basically short stories, I would not have put my money down. A bit disappointing overall, but with the B&N discount, I'm not crying about this loss. I doubt I will buy anothe novel by this author.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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