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Let the Great World Spin: A Novel

5 Ratings: 3.8
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Amazon Best of the Month, June 2009: Colum McCann has worked some exquisite magic with Let the Great World Spin, conjuring a novel of electromagnetic force that defies gravity. It's August of 1974, a summer "hot and serious and full of death … see full wiki

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Author: Colum McCann
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
5 reviews about Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
review by . September 05, 2010
I have a lot of friends who read and suggest books to me. This book was suggested by a number of people and reviewed glowingly on Amazon and on other websites. It sat on my shelf for a long while but I finally read it and finished it recently.      McCann takes a real-life event--Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the twin towers (World Trade Center) in New York--and then weaves a number of different tales about people who saw the walk or crossed paths with the …
review by . June 20, 2010
The Turbulence of the Big City Comes Alive on These Pages
Let the Great World Spin is an interconnected series of stories of love, loss and pain spanning decades and socioeconomic levels but illuminating the truth of the greatest city in the world--New York City.       It is a time of great change in the U.S., the mid-1970s, and one man dares to climb above all of New York City and walk in the air on a tightrope between the newly minted Twin Towers. Thousands of people witness it, but we are presented with several very special …
review by . September 05, 2010
I have a lot of friends who read and suggest books to me. This book was suggested by a number of people and reviewed glowingly here on Amazon and on other websites. It sat on my shelf for a long while but I finally read it and finished it recently.    McCann takes a real-life event--Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the twin towers (World Trade Center) in New York--and then weaves a number of different tales about people who saw the walk or crossed paths with the walker …
review by . August 31, 2010
Still Spinning...
Now and then, and not so very often, a writer is more of a magician. Perhaps even a medium, channeling other voices, the medium between the reader and the world he creates before our very eyes--out of nothing, a great something. Such is Colum McCann. It wasn't long before I was reading this book with reverence, with realization that I was holding in my hands a work of art.      The opening of the novel is a view of the sky, a mile and some up into the sky, where a tiny dot …
review by . February 23, 2010
Immediately, I was pulled in by Colum McCann's writing and characters. However in books like this, regardless of how good the writing is and how compelling the characters are, if something doesn't pull the vignettes together, it doesn't stand up as a novel to me.    Colum McCann did this masterfully. He pulled these characters together in ways that were not at all predictable, and the theme of the world turning in the midst of everyone's separate lives runs through it completely.  &nbs …
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