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Let the Great World Spin: A Novel (Paperback)

by Colum McCann

The Art of the Opening Sentence 21

Opening sentences are not to be written lightly.

The Prizewinners 2013/2014 5

With the awarding of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2013/2014 literary award season is now over, which gives us the opportunity to update our list of prizewinners.

The Art of the Epigraph 9

I didn't have a great need to write that story, but the quote would have fit it so perfectly I actually have an unfinished draft somewhere in my discarded Word documents.

The Ragged Spawn of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime 6

Doctorow's selective use of historical figures and events lends Ragtime its air of verisimilitude without robbing him of the freedom to imagine and distort and mythologize. It is, for a writer of fiction, the best of all possible worlds.

The Prizewinners 2012/2013 0

With the awarding of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2012/2013 literary award season is now over, which gives us the opportunity to update our list of prizewinners.

As If Guns and Testosterone Rule the World: An Interview with Colum McCann 2

"No language could ever be exhausted by any landscape, in particular Ireland."

The Real and the Imagined: On Colum McCann's TransAtlantic 2

The more heavily McCann relies on historical figures, as distinct from history, the weaker his writing is; the more sparingly he uses historical figures, the stronger the writing is.

A Multiplicity of Voices: On the Polyphonic Novel 28

With each foray onto the Internet, each ping and clang, we are searching for meaning in a haystack of data, balancing perspectives, trying to find reason in a cacophony of opinion. Is it any wonder we are drawn to fiction that reflects this new way of being, to a form that’s uniquely suited to our fragmented and globalized century?

Most Anticipated: The Great 2013 Book Preview 55

At 7,900 words strong and encompassing 79 titles, this is the only 2013 book preview you will ever need.

The Prizewinners 2011/12 0

With the awarding of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2011/2012 literary award season is now over, which gives us the opportunity to update our list of prizewinners.

A Year in Reading: Alex Shakar 3

Yan’s style here is maximalistic, headlong, sloppy to be sure, but bursting with life; or rather, lives -- human and otherwise.

A Year in Reading 2011 35

For an eighth year, we asked some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to look back, reflect, and share. Their charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2012 a fruitful one.

The Prizewinners 2010/2011 1

With the awarding of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2010/2011 literary award season is now over, which gives us the opportunity to update our list of prizewinners.

McCann wins the IMPAC Award 0

The Eclectic IMPAC Shortlist Has Arrived 4

The IMPAC sets itself apart with its unique approach.

To Blurb or Not to Blurb? 27

This seemingly innocent question was put to me for the first time a couple of weeks ago when a paperback review copy of a non-fiction book arrived in my mailbox.

Digging into the 2011 IMPAC Longlist 4

Because of the IMPAC award’s global reach and egalitarian process, it’s always interesting to dig deeper into the longlist.

Staff Pick: Larry Watson's Montana 1948 0

I spent a great deal of time on tour this summer, reading at bookstores from southern California to New Hampshire, and I encountered Larry Watson’s Montana 1948 toward the end of all this, a hot day in Ann Arbor when I had some time to kill before an event.

The Millions Top Ten: June 2010 5

With four books heading to the Hall of Fame, that means we have four new books landing on the list, ranging from hard-boiled Scandinavian thrillers to historical fiction in 18th century Japan to a 12-year-old literary biography with a twist.

The Elusive Omniscient 10

What seems key about the novel is that what we think of as a historical evolution—or a descent from a unified to a fragmented perspective—isn’t an evolution at all. In fact, the novel has always been insecure. It’s just that the manifestation of its insecurity has changed over time.

The Millions Top Ten: May 2010 0

Tinkers debuts and The Corrections graduates. Plus, a controversial new number one.

The Millions Top Ten: April 2010 3

Franzen stays on top. Sebald to the Hall of Fame. Tolstoy debuts.

The Trojan Horse Problem: Thoughts on Structure 30

How many complications of time and viewpoint novel can a stand and remain viable—and by “viable”, I think I mean both “elegant” and “not completely baffling.”

The Millions Top Ten: March 2010 2

David Mitchell graduates to the Hall of Fame, Michael Lewis debuts, and we have a new number one.

The Millions Top Ten: February 2010 0

Cloud Atlas keeps the top spot. Reality Hunger debuts.

Brooklyn Underdog: Hesh Kestin's The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats 6

Shoeshine Cats is admirable in part for its tinge of the improbable, its impossible suavité and secret rooms. Kestin catches us up in a gritty enchantment.

The Millions Top Ten: January 2010 1

Cloud Atlas keeps the top spot. Stoner and Wolf Hall debut.

The Millions Top Ten: December 2009 2

Four books debut on the list: Powell, McCann, Pevear and Volokhonsky, and Bouillier. David Mitchell vaults into the top spot.

A Year in Reading: Reif Larsen 0

Colum McCann really has come as close as any mortal can to capturing a particular place/time/gestalt/graffiitied desperation by rotating the lens of humanity across a bench full of impossibly rich and imperfect players.