Thursday, 19 November 2009
COLUM MCCANN WINS NAT. BOOK AWARD IN USA
I'm thrilled that Colum McCann has won the National Book Award for fiction in the USA for Let the Great World Spin. The novel was one of my favourite reads of this year; I'm a sucker for books set in New York, anyway, but this one is just brilliant. It's a very un-novel-like novel, set up as it is as linked short stories. What the American calls a 'story cycle'.
All the stories are fascinating and Colum's language sings and zings off the page, as usual. I've been a fan of his for as long as he's been publishing books and I was disappointed that lesser books got on the Man Booker list. He said in an interview that he was disappointed about that too. How's that for honesty?
By coincidence I'm re-reading Fishing the Sloe Black River for my book club. My book club is great - they are open to reading anything and everything.
On receiving the award Colum said: 'As fiction writers and people who believe in the word, we have to enter the anonymous corners of human experience to make that little corner right.' Love it!
Ah, I just adore it when literary books get their due recognition. I especially adore it when it's one of our amazing contemporary Irish writers. Go Colum!
More in the NY Times here.