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This Side Of Brightness by Colum McCann
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Jun 14, 11

bookshelves: five-star, library-book
Read from May 30 to June 14, 2011

This is a 'wow' of a book. Colum is a great wordsmith.

This tale has two parts, which meet towards the end, in that one part follows the events associated with an incident in the early 1900s where four men, part of a large crew, are sucked through a 'portal' whilst digging a train tunnel under the Hudson River. Three of these men survive in that they surface above in the Hudson River, one is never found. So, half of the tale follows the saga of what happened to one of these men in particular over a period of about 70 years. The second part of the tale is of a homeless male, aka 'Treefrog' who lives in the tunnel in the current day.

This is quite a dark and cold tale, but mesmorising at the same time. It covers areas or racism, poverty, homelessness, drugs and more.

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Reading Progress

05/31/2011 page 25
10.0% "luxurious writing. story is interesting too."
06/01/2011 page 30
12.0% "there are surprises everywhere"
06/05/2011 page 50
20.0% "surprising snippets everywhere ..."
06/07/2011 page 80
31.0% "what a mixed bunch of characters"
06/08/2011 page 85
33.0% "this book has a definite sense of rawness about it ..."

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