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TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Recommended by Jeff Paszkiet in Technical Services:


Much of Colum McCann’s novel, Transatlantic features people traveling to Ireland starting with first nonstop flight across the Atlantic made by pilots Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown in 1919. The story then goes back to the 1800’s when Frederick Douglas, in support of his autobiography, visited Dublin as a part of his lecture tour. He also shares the stories of Senator George Mitchell’s visit to Belfast in the 90’s.

He Says:

The first part of this novel called Cloudshadow is a fascinating look at the true events of the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Ireland; however this story does not continue and is just briefly revisited later. I spent the rest of the novel hoping that the author would continue the story of the pilots after they landed in Ireland and while parts of the novel were interesting, I was disappointed to never hear more of what happened when they touched down.