Let the Great World Spin

Let the Great World Spin

A Novel

Large Print - 2010
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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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2010.
Edition: Center point large print ed.
ISBN: 9781602857643
1602857644
Call Number: MCCANN
Characteristics: 575 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Subjects: Petit, Philippe, 1949- -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Nineteen seventies -- Fiction.
Tightrope walking -- Fiction.
Teenage mothers -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Judges' spouses -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Fiction.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

The story is written well, although some of the subplots have little to do with the main story. If one can look past the thin wire holding these stories together, and focus instead on the artist dancing on the line, then one should be able to find enjoyment in Let the Great World Spin.

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Wong_Anne
Jun 09, 2015

A winner of the IMPAC Dublin Award - The author has based his story on an historical event, tying together the stories of 4 different people who witnessed it. I found the characters to be very well developed and their stories were unique. A pleasure.

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stewstealth
Oct 04, 2014

A wonderful bittersweet look at life.

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wishyouwerehere
Aug 31, 2014

Very best book. Wonderful characters and unexpected storylines.

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mombrarian
Aug 15, 2014

Beautiful inter-weaving of characters and time come together for a satisfying conclusion. McCann is a gifted storyteller!

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beatrice81
May 29, 2014

this book is damaging,heartrenching.i dont see how he could have told us all about Coregon and then tragicly kill him off,IN THE FIRST CHAPTER!!!!!i would not suggest ever reading it to anyone who can get very attached to characters, Colum Mccann is a SICK CREEP!!!!!

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ohiostatefan
Mar 06, 2014

I'll have to watch the movie Man On Wire again after reading this engrossing and at times heartwrenching book about the intertwining lives of several residents of NYC in the 1970s.

kellnerm Dec 18, 2013

NYT re; Colum Mcann author

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Zoomerofall
Aug 06, 2013

This is a beautifully written book. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the occasional careless use of anachronistic slang.

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annekim9
Jul 22, 2013

After hearing Irish author Colum McCann speak at Central Library, I finally read his wonderful award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin. A truly masterful piece of work. I love how McCann weaves Philippe Petit's stunning 1974 walk between the Twin Towers into the lives of so many diverse New York characters.

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ndp21f
Jun 15, 2011

The person we know at first, she thinks, is not the one we know at last.

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ndp21f
Jun 15, 2011

I gave them all the truth and none of the honesty.

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ndp21f
Jun 15, 2011

A row of smokers stood out in front of Metropolitan Hospital on Ninety-eighth and First Avenue. Each looked like his last cigarette, ashen and ready to fall. Through the swinging doors, the receiving room was full to capacity. Another cloud of smoke inside. Patches of blood on the floor. Junkies strung out along the benches. It was the type of hospital that looked like it needed a hospital.

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May 29, 2014

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