Thirteen Ways of Looking

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Large Print - 2016
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A story collection includes the title novella, in which an octogenarian retired judge's musings on his life are interrupted by police updates about his murder later that afternoon.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410486097
1410486095
Branch Call Number: LPF MCCANN, COLUM
Characteristics: 311 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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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.

See my full review at: https://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/thirteen-ways-of-looking-by-colum-mccann/

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tapestry
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

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EmilyEm
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: http://colummccann.com/extended-authors-note-and-victim-impact-statement/
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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