Thirteen Ways of Looking

Thirteen Ways of Looking

A Novella and Three Stories

eBook - 2015
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In such acclaimed novels as -- Thirteen Ways of Looking -- Sh'khol "McCann is a writer of power and subtlety and beauty. . . . The powerful title story loiters in the mind long after you've read it."--Sarah Lyall, The New York Times ("McCann) unspools complex and unforgettable stories in this, his first collection in more than a decade."--The Boston Globe "McCann is a passionate writer whose impulse is always toward a generous understanding of his diverse characters."--The Wall Street Journal "McCann's characters in this new work--whether nuns or judges or writers--are mostly ordinary people encountering extraordinary situations often touched by loss. Powerful, profound, and deeply empathetic, McCann's beautifully wrought writing in Thirteen Ways of Looking "In just three short stories and one novella, McCann weaves the magic that made Let the Great World Spin--The Huffington Post From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812996739
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mar 01, 2018

My new Favorite writer. So glad I discovered him. Great descriptive language.

jr3083 Jun 20, 2017

Written by the author of one of my favourite books (This Side of Brightness) this is a really strong collection, comprising a novella and three short stories. Each one of them is memorable in its own way.
I often find myself thinking about the editorial decision to select one short story over another in a compilation like this, and whether and how the individual stories contribute to the overarching unity of the collection. These stories, very different though they are, are linked by their exploration of multiple perspectives, the elision of past and present and the contingency of fate. I enjoyed each of them, most particularly the first and final stories. Perhaps it’s because there were only four of them, but each of them is clearly defined in my mind in its own right – something that doesn’t always happen when reading a book of short stories. Or perhaps, as I suspect, it’s because Colum McCann is a very, very good writer.

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Mar 08, 2017

Another Irish writer with a gift for language, great empathy and a sense of humour. Our book club enjoyed a lively discussion.
Jessie May

May 30, 2016

Three stories and a novella fill this volume of luminescent prose.
His writing is so original, getting to the heart of his characters, but surprising readers with every story's end. Oh, the discussions these will stimulate for years to come.

bickjd Feb 26, 2016

Colum McCann consistently comes through with poetic narrative techniques, and unique plotlines. His characters develop quickly, without any sacrifices to their depth.

These stories express great humility and empathy. Giving voices to those who are so often silenced: the beaten, the bereaved, the abused.

check out:
for the Author's Victim Impact Statement, after he was sucker-punched and hospitalized. An event that impacted his life, his work, and brought the two together in a powerful way.

athompson10 Nov 14, 2015

Author has a beautiful light touch with words.


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