Whether it’s a movie, a book, or a T.V. show, I’m fascinated by stories that involve six degrees of separation – with each person’s story connecting to another’s in ways to which they are completely blind. Colum McCann’s novel Let the Great World Spin is no exception, and the setting – surrounding the 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers – guarantees it will be a captivating read!
Let the Great World Spin - by Colum McCann
“Let the Great World Spin is an emotional tour de force.” – Jonathan Mahler, NY Times
“In the exact centre of this novel, poised, is a 10-page account of Philippe Petit’s preparation for his 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre. Colum McCann’s story of interlocking lives in New York is structured on either side of this interlude, and bears no direct relation to it, but it is the brief impossibility of Petit’s balancing act that holds it together.” - Tim Adams, The Observer
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