Songdogs: A Novel

Songdogs: A Novel

by Colum McCann


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With unreliable memories and scraps of photographs as his only clues, Conor Lyons follows in the tracks of his father, a rootless photographer, as he moved from war-torn Spain, to the barren plains of Mexico, where he met and married Conor's mother, to the American West, and finally back to Ireland, where the marriage and the story reach their heartrending climax. As the narratives of Conor's quest and his parents' lives twine and untwine, Colum McCann creates in Songdogs a mesmerizing evocation of the gulf between memory and imagination, love and loss, past and present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312147419
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/15/1996
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 779,092
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Colum McCann is the author of books including This Side of Brightness, Zoli, Songdogs and Let the Great World Spin. He has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He lives in New York City.

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Scott Veale

Powerful...wistful and gracefully shadowed....The author has a keen eye and ear; his language is full of sparkling poetry and images....Mr. McCann's hand is strong and sure.

Edna O'Brien

An arresting new voice from out of Ireland, at once deep and dazzling.

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Songdogs 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JosephJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful language and a great concept. Not one of his best, but definitely a hint at his greater works to follow.A good novel, but one that best shows what to avoid as a young writer. McCann¿s style, as usual, is enviable, yet he often wanders off course in favor of a fluffily worded scene. The relationship between the much older father and his young, mix-raced son is well-drawn, however. The father and son¿s interactions illustrate the quintessential relationship of two people who love each other, yet do not understand each other and/or do not know how to communicate with one another. Another beautiful aspect of the book, is the correlation of the river to that murky relationship as well as the ability of all things to move on like water.