Transatlantic

by Colum McCann | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1408841266 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingDelphi_Readerwing of Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on 7/23/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingDelphi_Readerwing from Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Sunday, July 23, 2017
This book starts its Book Crossing journey from Delphi, Greece
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"1919. Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of the First World War to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland. Among the letters being carried on the aircraft is one which will not be opened for almost a hundred years.
1998. Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace. How many more bereaved mothers and grandmothers must he meet before an agreement can be reached?
1845. Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet. On his travels he inspires a young maid to go to New York to embrace a free world, but the land does not always fulfill its promises for her.
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.
Can we pass from the new world to the old? How does the past shape the future? In TransAtlantic, National Book Award-winning Colum McCann has achieved an outstanding act of literary bravura. Intricately crafted, poetic and deeply affecting it weaves together personal stories to explore the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, and the tangled skein of connections that make up our lives. "


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Journal Entry 2 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at Δελφοί - Delphi, Fokida Greece on Sunday, July 23, 2017
This book has gain lots of praise and I was looking forward to read it, especially as a good part it's about Ireland and Irish history-and I'm fond of those!

But... It ended up been quite an effort to read and finish. I've been trying really hard at times to keep reading and it took me about a week, while usualy I'm done in no more than 3 days with books of this size...

I enjoyed the book with its hypnotizing rhythm at first, thinking it's a slow start because the author was getting his setting and main characters familiar to the reader. I kept waiting for a pick-up of the pace and some plot developments that could bring this novel to life, but those never came.

Why, oh, why the author decided he had to narrate his story using such an eliptical way? Jumbing back and forth in different time periods and places didn't work and while halfway through the book one could see the family connections, again the book felt like lacking a main premise. The author was all over the place and this felt rather a collection of disjointled stories said in a very slow pace, rather than a complete novel.

And while the minimalistic writting style with its subtractive sentences didn't annoy me at first, it got sort of confusing at parts of the book, even more so for people who might not be so familiar with names of politicians, historic events and the like.

The end wasn't quite a conclusion to anything and I'm not sure what the main message of the story was supposed to be. Simply I'm confused on what point the author tried to make....

I enjoyed parts of the book and I think that if McCann was focusing in one or two of the characters, rather than introducing them in order to have them disappear in next chapter, then this could be a very decent read.

As it is, I couldn't connect with the book and I found it somewhat boring and pointless...

All that said, I will try to read something else from this author, while this specific book gets contoversial feedback, so someone else might enjoy it more than me. I am curious to hear future readers' opinions...

Journal Entry 3 by wingDelphi_Readerwing at by Post, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Friday, September 22, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (9/22/2017 UTC) at by Post, RABCK -- Controlled Releases

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

It's about time to have this book moving, so I include it in a book parcel heading to OBCZ-TowMill on Towcester, Northamptonshire, UK!

Happy Reading!


Journal Entry 4 by wingOBCZ-TowMillwing at Towcester, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Sunday, October 01, 2017
Many thanks for sending this book to be added to the Zone.

Released 1 yr ago (10/2/2017 UTC) at Towcester Mill Brewery OBCZ in Towcester, Northamptonshire United Kingdom

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Donated book - Released upon the shelf in the Turbine Room - book donated by Delphi_Reader; many thanks!


Journal Entry 6 by JemmaJ at Ipswich BC Unconvention in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, October 06, 2018

Released 4 mos ago (10/6/2018 UTC) at Ipswich BC Unconvention in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Released upon the Book Buffet at the Ipswich UnConvention 2018...

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