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Thirteen Ways of Looking - Fiction

Colum McCann

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 "Extraordinary . . . incandescent."-Chicago Tribune "The irreducibl

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 "Extraordinary . . . incandescent."-Chicago Tribune "The irreducibl
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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 "Extraordinary . . . incandescent."-Chicago Tribune "The irreducibl

Language:

English

Length:

6h 9m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:37


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

00:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:09


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:49


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:15


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:33


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:07


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:51


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:53


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:48


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:05


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:33


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:43


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:07


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:53


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:45


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

01:13


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:27