Hardcover, 8vo, very good condition in like dustjacket, 250pp. Excellent copy of scarce true first edition. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: A breakthrough novel for one of the most gifted of the current generation of Irish writers. Ostensibly a love story in three generations, THIS SIDE OF BRIGHTNESS is about many other things: about the building - and decline - of America; about the races who live there; about love, hope and despair; but most of all about the survival of the human spirit.
Review: This Side of Brightness weaves historical fact with fictional truth, creating a remarkable tale of death, racism, homelessness--and yes, love--spanning four generations. Two characters dominate Colum McCann's narrative: Treefrog, a homeless man with a dark and shameful secret, and Nathan Walker, a black man who came north in the early years of the century to work as a "sandhog," digging the subway tunnels beneath Manhattan. Tunneling is perhaps the most dangerous occupation a man could have; in the close, dark, and dangerous pits far beneath the city streets, differences such as color or ethnic background cease to matter, and Walker soon becomes friends with his crewmates: two Irishmen and an Italian. Then an explosion in one of the tunnels literally blows Walker and three other men up through the earth and into the East River. Walker survives, but his best friend Con O'Leary is never found. Leary leaves behind a wife and young daughter whom Walker marries many years later.
Walker's tale is told in alternating chapters with Treefrog's, who, before his slide into homelessness, chose a hazardous profession--this one high up in the bright sunlight--as a construction worker building skyscrapers. But madness has brought Treefrog out of the light and back to the tunnels that Walker helped dig as he scrapes out a meager existence among the drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, and petty criminals that make up the homeless community. But the grimness of McCann's tale is leavened by the beauty of his prose and the intimations all through the book that, even on this side of darkness, redemption is possible.
Title: This Side of Brightness
Publisher: London, Phoenix House, 1998. 1st UK edition.
Book Description W&N, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Light foxing to page edges Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006751116
Book Description Phoenix House, 1998. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP78842237
Book Description Phoenix House, 1998. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP23652954
Book Description W&N, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Included. First edition. Sent within 24 hours. Expedited UK delivery available. Edition: First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # BBI2409370
Book Description Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 2177792
Book Description Phoenix House. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2737235136
Book Description Phoenix House. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G1897580193I3N00
Book Description Phoenix House. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Cover Missing. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Bookseller Inventory # G1897580193I3N01
Book Description Phoenix House. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G1897580193I5N00
Book Description Phoenix House. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Cover Missing. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Bookseller Inventory # G1897580193I4N01