Thirteen Ways of Looking: A Novella and Three Stories

4.01 avg rating
( 3,328 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780147521583: Thirteen Ways of Looking: A Novella and Three Stories

In such acclaimed novels as Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, National Book Award–winning author Colum McCann has transfixed readers with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments.
 
“As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing.”
 
In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life’s work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. In “Sh’khol,” a mother spending Christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland. In “Treaty,” an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. And in “What Time Is It Now, Where You Are?” a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year’s Eve.
 
Deeply personal, subtly subversive, at times harrowing, and indeed funny, and yet also full of comfort, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a striking achievement. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Colum McCann forges from their stories a profound tribute to our search for meaning and grace. The collection is a rumination on the power of storytelling in a world where language and memory can sometimes falter, but in the end do not fail us, and a contemplation of the healing power of literature.
 
Praise for Colum McCann
 
TransAtlantic
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
 
“Reminiscent of the finest work of Michael Ondaatje and Michael Cunningham.” O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“Here is the uncanny thing McCann finds again and again about the miraculous: that it is inseparable from the everyday.” The Boston Globe
 
“Another sweeping, beautifully constructed tapestry of life . . . Reading McCann is a rare joy.” The Seattle Times
 
Let the Great World Spin
Winner of the National Book Award
 
“One of the most electric, profound novels I have read in years.” —Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times Book Review
 
“Stunning . . . [an] elegiac glimpse of hope.” USA Today
 
“There’s so much passion and humor and pure life force on every page that you’ll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed.” —Dave Eggers

From the Hardcover edition.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Quite simply one of the best, most sustained pieces of fiction I've read in some time ... A novel of true resonance and power ( Independent on Transatlantic)

Beautifully hypnotic . Those who can't see the point of historical novels will find their answer here ( Emma Donoghue, author of Room)

Expertly constructed ... The prose is poetically vivid ( Observer)

Colum McCann is a very gifted, charming writer; in full, rhapsodic-onrush mode, he is hard to resist ... TransAtlantic is deft, well crafted, and broad in its imaginative range ( Guardian)

Book Description:

From the National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, comes a novella and four stories of immediate power and grace

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

McCann, Colum
ISBN 10: 0147521580 ISBN 13: 9780147521583
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97801475215830000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
17.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Colum McCann
Published by Random House Audio Publishing Group, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0147521580 ISBN 13: 9780147521583
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Audio Publishing Group, United States, 2015. CD-Audio. Book Condition: New. Unabridged. 150 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New. NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review NPR Los Angeles Times The Boston Globe The Seattle Times The Independent In such acclaimed novels as Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, National Book Award winning author Colum McCann has transfixed readers with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments. As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing. In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life s work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. In Sh khol, a mother spending Christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland. In Treaty, an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. And in What Time Is It Now, Where You Are? a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year s Eve. Deeply personal, subtly subversive, at times harrowing, and indeed funny, yet also full of comfort, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a striking achievement. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Colum McCann forges from their stories a profound tribute to our search for meaning and grace. The collection is a rumination on the power of storytelling in a world where language and memory can sometimes falter, but in the end do not fail us, and a contemplation of the healing power of literature. Praise for Thirteen Ways of Looking The irreducible mystery of human experience ties this small collection together, and in each of these stories McCann explores that theme in some strikingly effective ways. . . . [The first story] is as fascinating as it is poignant. . . . [The second] captures the mundane and mysterious aspects of shaping characters from the gray clay of words, placing them in realistic settings and breathing life into their lungs. . . . That he makes the story so emotionally compelling is a sign of his genius. . . . The most remarkable [piece] is Sh khol. . . . Caught in the rushing currents of this drama, you know you re reading a little masterpiece. The Washington Post 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 Powerful, profound, and deeply empathetic, McCann s beautifully wrought writing in Thirteen Ways of Looking glides off the page. BuzzFeed McCann weaves the magic that made Let the Great World Spin so acclaimed. The Huffington Post From the Hardcover edition. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780147521583

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
18.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

McCann, Colum
ISBN 10: 0147521580 ISBN 13: 9780147521583
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Compact Disc. Book Condition: New. This is an audio book in Compact Disc format. It will be delivered to Shipping Address entered during checkout. This is NOT a digital download. Bookseller Inventory # 9039009

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
15.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.21
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

MCCANN, COLUM
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0147521580 ISBN 13: 9780147521583
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New, This is an audio book. Bookseller Inventory # 0147521580

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
16.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.82
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Colum McCann
Published by Random House Audio Publishing Group, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0147521580 ISBN 13: 9780147521583
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Audio Publishing Group, United States, 2015. CD-Audio. Book Condition: New. Unabridged. 150 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New. NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review NPR Los Angeles Times The Boston Globe The Seattle Times The Independent In such acclaimed novels as Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, National Book Award winning author Colum McCann has transfixed readers with his precision, tenderness, and authority. Now, in his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments. As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing. In the exuberant title novella, a retired judge reflects on his life s work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last. In Sh khol, a mother spending Christmas alone with her son confronts the unthinkable when he disappears while swimming off the coast near their home in Ireland. In Treaty, an elderly nun catches a snippet of a news report in which it is revealed that the man who once kidnapped and brutalized her is alive, masquerading as an agent of peace. And in What Time Is It Now, Where You Are? a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year s Eve. Deeply personal, subtly subversive, at times harrowing, and indeed funny, yet also full of comfort, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a striking achievement. With unsurpassed empathy for his characters and their inner lives, Colum McCann forges from their stories a profound tribute to our search for meaning and grace. The collection is a rumination on the power of storytelling in a world where language and memory can sometimes falter, but in the end do not fail us, and a contemplation of the healing power of literature. Praise for Thirteen Ways of Looking The irreducible mystery of human experience ties this small collection together, and in each of these stories McCann explores that theme in some strikingly effective ways. . . . [The first story] is as fascinating as it is poignant. . . . [The second] captures the mundane and mysterious aspects of shaping characters from the gray clay of words, placing them in realistic settings and breathing life into their lungs. . . . That he makes the story so emotionally compelling is a sign of his genius. . . . The most remarkable [piece] is Sh khol. . . . Caught in the rushing currents of this drama, you know you re reading a little masterpiece. The Washington Post 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 Powerful, profound, and deeply empathetic, McCann s beautifully wrought writing in Thirteen Ways of Looking glides off the page. BuzzFeed McCann weaves the magic that made Let the Great World Spin so acclaimed. The Huffington Post From the Hardcover edition. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780147521583

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
21.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Colum McCann
Published by Random House Audio Publishing Group 2015-10-13 (2015)
ISBN 10: 0147521580 ISBN 13: 9780147521583
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Audio Publishing Group 2015-10-13, 2015. audio CD. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780147521583

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
21.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Colum McCann
Published by Random House Audio
ISBN 10: 0147521580 ISBN 13: 9780147521583
New Quantity Available: 6
Seller
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Audio. No binding. Book Condition: New. Audio CD. From Colum McCann, the National Book Awardwinning and New York Times bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, comes his first short-story collection in more than a decade. Showcasing an incomparable storyteller at work, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a tribute to humanitys search for meaning and grace. McCann celebrates the power of the stories we tell, both to ourselves and to others. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Audio CD. Bookseller Inventory # 9780147521583

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
23.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.18
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

McCann, Colum
Published by Random House Audio (2015)
ISBN 10: 0147521580 ISBN 13: 9780147521583
New Quantity Available: 7
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Audio, 2015. Audio CD. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 0147521580

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
25.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.41
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Colum McCann
ISBN 10: 0147521580 ISBN 13: 9780147521583
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Compact Disc. Book Condition: New. 130mm x 28mm x 150mm. Compact Disc. Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 0.136. Bookseller Inventory # 9780147521583

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
28.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

McCann, Colum/ McCann, Colum (Narrator)
Published by Random House (2015)
ISBN 10: 0147521580 ISBN 13: 9780147521583
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House, 2015. Audio CD. Book Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 6.00x5.25x1.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # z-0147521580

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
35.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book