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FISHING THE SLOE BLACK RIVER Paperback – February 1, 2004
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“A gifted and determined stylist, Colum McCann seems to have taken a vow never to write a dull line.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Rich, powerful stories that place McCann at the front ranks of contemporary Irish writers.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“Beautiful...These well-made stories, written with fierce beauty, are sure of their effect and power.” ―The Washington Post Book World
“There is magic in this McCann, and he brings to each page a special sorcery with the voices he conjures....No one can read through and not emerge feeling changed, somehow ennobled by it.” ―The Baltimore Sun
About the Author
Colum McCann is the author of books including This Side of Brightness, Zoli, Songdogs and Let the Great World Spin. He has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He lives in New York City.
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780312423384
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312423384
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.52 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Picador; 2nd Edition (February 1, 2004)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0312423381
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Several of the stories are what I'd consider typically brooding Irish. I know that's a stereotype, but it seems that McCann fills it well in this small collection of stories. "Sisters," in particular, fits that bill.
On the other hand, there are "Stolen Child" and "A Basket Full of Wallpaper" which really drew me in.
There's one story, "Through the Field," that could have used a U.S. editor. McCann tries to write in Southern redneck slang that's just stilted and odd.
Still looking forward to "Thirteen Ways of Looking."