Ex Libris | Transatlantic

Ex Libris | A series featuring recent reads. 

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Written by? Colum McCann

In a nutshell? Eloquent. Gripping. Epic.

The debrief? An compelling, patchwork novel connecting three transatlantic journeys between Ireland and America, and back again, during the 19th and 20th centuries. Beautifully written, perfectly paced, a true masterpiece of the novel form. The book is so complex and multi-layered that summarising it is almost to do it an injustice.

Buy or borrow? Borrow, and then immediately decide to buy – because you’ll want to read this book over and over again.

A quote to end on: “It was that time of the century when the idea of a gentleman had almost become myth. The Great War had concussed the world. The unbearable news of sixteen million deaths rolled off the great metal drums of the newspapers. Europe was a crucible of bones.”