New York, August 1974. A man is walking the sky. The city stands still in awe. Between the newly built Twin Towers the man is striding, twirling and showboating his way through the air. One hundred and ten stories below him, the lives of eight strangers spin towards each other Corrigan, a radical, passionate Irish monk working in the Bronx with a clutch of prostitutes; Claire, a delicate Upper East Side housewife reeling from the death of her son in Vietnam; her husband Solomon, a cynical judge turning over petty criminals ...
New York, August 1974. A man is walking the sky. The city stands still in awe. Between the newly built Twin Towers the man is striding, twirling and showboating his way through the air. One hundred and ten stories below him, the lives of eight strangers spin towards each other Corrigan, a radical, passionate Irish monk working in the Bronx with a clutch of prostitutes; Claire, a delicate Upper East Side housewife reeling from the death of her son in Vietnam; her husband Solomon, a cynical judge turning over petty criminals in a downtown court; Lara, a young artist struggling with a spiralling drug addiction and a doomed marriage; Fernando, a thirteen-year-old photographer chasing underground graffiti; Gloria, solid and proud despite decades of hardship; Tillie, a courageous hooker who used to dream of a better life; and Jazzlyn, her beautiful, reckless daughter raised on promises that reach beyond the high-rises of New York. Set against a time of sweeping political and social change, from the backlash against the Vietnam War and the lingering spectre of the oil crisis to the beginnings of the Internet - a time that hauntingly mirrors the present time - these disparate lives will collide in the shadow of one reckless and beautiful act, and be transformed for ever. Weaving together themes of love, loss, belonging, duty and human striving, Let the Great World Spin celebrates the effervescent spirit of an age and the small beauties of everyday life. At once intimate and magnificent, elegant and astonishing, it is a lyrical masterpiece from a storyteller who continues to use the wide world as his canvas.
New. SHIPS 1ST CLASS UPGRADE (2-3 day deli) from NJ; GIFT-ABLE AS NEW, UNREAD LATER PRINTING, NEAR NEW (glossy, subtle shelving sign) AS SHOWN THIS COVER. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 375 p. Audience: General/trade.13450 13450--NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER Colum McCann s beloved novel inspired by Philippe Petit s daring high-wire stunt, which is also depicted in the film"The Walk"starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. "Let the Great World Spin" is the critically acclaimed author s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the artistic crime of the century. A sweeping and radical social novel, "Let the Great World Spin" captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a fiercely original talent ("San Francisco Chronicle"), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal. Praise for "Let the Great World Spin " This is a gorgeous book, multilayered and deeply felt, and it s a damned lot of fun to read, too. Leave it to an Irishman to write one of the greatest-ever novels about New York. There s so much passion and humor and pure lifeforce on every page of "Let the Great World Spin" that you ll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed. Dave Eggers Stunning...[an] elegiac glimpse of hope...It s a novel rooted firmly in time and place. It vividly captures New York at its worst and best. But it transcends all that. In the end, it s a novel about families the ones we re born into and the ones we make for ourselves. "USA Today" The first great 9/11 novel...We are all dancing on the wire of history, and even on solid ground we breathe the thinnest of air. "Esquire" Mesmerizing...a Joycean look at the lives of New Yorkers changed by a single act on a single day...Colum McCann s marvelously rich novel...weaves a portrait of a city and a moment, dizzyingly satisfying to read and difficult to put down. "TheSeattle Times" Vibrantly whole...With a series of spare, gorgeously wrought vignettes, Colum McCann brings 1970s New York to life....And as always, McCann s heart-stoppingly simple descriptions wow. "Entertainment Weekly" An act of pure bravado, dizzying proof that to keep your balance you need to know how to fall. "O: The Oprah Magazine" "From the Hardcover edition.""
My book club read this and I loved it. It's a gorgeous book. I had recently seen Man on a Wire, a film about a tightrope walk between the twin towers, and it very much helped my reading experience, as the book is sewed together with this event. I liked the characters, the writing style, the description, and the various human experiences. Highly recommended.
Mar 25, 2010
Raw but great reading!
Although the storyline is often raw, the storytelling in this book is fantastic. I've recommended to others!
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