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2013 Booker Conversations: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Booker_ConversationsThe 2013 Booker Conversations is a series of in-depth, spoiler-free discussions between BookerMarks bloggers about this year’s nominated titles.

Today, Aaron Westerman, Michelle Williams, and Mike Cohen partake in an in-depth spoiler-free discussion about Colum McCann’s novel TransAtlantic.

Aaron is Opinionless. Except of course when it comes to books or movies. He’s the co-founder of Typographical Era where he blogs on a regular basis about the latest in translated literature, foreign cinema, and more.

Michelle Williams is an avid “reader” of books and a “rider” of bicycles. When she is not cycling you can catch her reading and when she is not reading, well, she is probably pedaling about somewhere. Her blog, A Reader and A Rider journals her reviews of literary fiction.

Mike sometimes sails historic ships in New York Harbor, jockeys a computer other times, and blogs nearly never at 40gigsandamule.com.

Colum McCann’s Man Booker Prize longlisted novel TransAtlantic blends historical fact with fiction as it ambitiously attempts to document just how profound an effect our past actions can have our future.

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Transatlantic

2013 Longlisted: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann #3

TransatlanticRating: 3
TransAtlantic
By Colum McCann
2013 / 304 Pages

Shut out the lights on the world below

The past, as they say, is most often written by those who are victorious. At first blush, by fictionalizing a number of historically consequential voices and weaving them into his narrative, National Book Award winning author Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) appears to buying into the this notion with much verve. However the further that his Man Booker Prize longlisted novel TransAtlantic progresses, the more clear it becomes that McCann is only interested in these prominent figures as a set of high profile glue sticks whose value lies in their ability to help paste together a much more ambitious, socially conscious narrative detailing the plight of Northern Ireland and the unheard voices of the common folk who endured throughout these turbulent years. The resulting story is extremely poignant at times, yet woefully stodgy at others.

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Why it Will Win: The Kills by Richard House

Why_It_Will_WinOver the course of the next eight days, leading up the Man Booker shortlist announcement on September 10th, each one of our eight bloggers will champion a different nominated title and explain Why it Will Win the coveted prize.

Today, Aaron explains why he’s 100% certain that Richard House’s The Kills will be crowned the victor on October 15th.

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2013 Longlisted: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

TransatlanticRating: 3
TransAtlantic
A Novel by Colum McCann
Audiobook Narrated by Geraldine Hughes
2013 / 10 hours 46 minutes

If I had to describe Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic in one word, I would call it melancholy.  If I was not involved in the Man Booker shadow project, BookerMarks, I would leave my review at melancholy, lament over the fact that the book just did not speak to me as his award winning Let the Great World Spin did and pick up another book to read.  Alas, I am participating in BookerMarks so a review I must do!

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The Many Covers Of The 2013 Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_Logo_300x300I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover, right?  But how can you help it?  Like it or not, we’re all highly visual beings and cover art can make or break a book when it comes to sales.

Below I’ve complied all the different covers that have been released across the globe for each of the 13 Booker nominees.  Let’s play a little game.  Comment below and tell us, based on looks alone, who would get the Booker for best cover design?

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13 Facts About This Year’s Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_2013I did me some internet sleuthing this morning.  Don’t judge.  Seriously, how productive have YOU been today?

In no particular order, here are 13 facts about this year’s Man Booker nominated authors and/or titles that you probably haven’t heard about.

Or maybe you have.

Or maybe you’re lying.

Whatever the case may be, I’m not here to rain on your literary parade  Take credit.  Look smart. Impress your friends.  But above all, enjoy.

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