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Let the Great World Spin (2009)

de Colum McCann

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New York City in the 1970s. 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. A 38-year-old grandmother turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. The city's people are unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the "artistic crime of the century"--a mysterious tightrope walker dancing between the Twin Towers.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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What an amazing book. Fantastic plot-weaving. ( )
  madgazelle63 | Jun 1, 2024 |
Once in a while you come across a book that crackles with some electricity that hums deep inside you, and you know you are under the pull of a great work. Let the Great World Spin is such a novel for me. Using the real Iife event of Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center as the jumping off point to weave a tale, Mr. McCann gives us rich, varied characters whose lives peripherally or intimately collide on that day. The writing itself is so lovely, the tales sad and funny and poignant. The tightrope walker’s tale. The tale of the judge before whom he was brought after being taken into custody. The tale of the two prostitutes charged with robbery, on the court’s docket just before the tightrope walker. The Irish monk who watched out for the hookers in his neighborhood, whose brother comes from Ireland to stay with him — their beginnings in Dublin, their interconnection with others in the novel. I cared about the characters, their small stories and how they intersected with each other on that day. It was like a modern day Canterbury Tales. Lovely, lovely book. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
"It was America after all. The sort of place where you should be allowed to walk as high as you wanted." Let the Great World Spin is a beautiful novel.The novel proceeds from a series of internal monologues. Each character drawing the story from their perspective. One story from a high wire performer who strings a wire across the tops of the two towers of the World Trade Center; a story told from the perspective of a prostitute. Another story told from the point of view of the brother of an Irish monk who has dedicated his life to ministering street walkers in New York's "projects." The characters are so vivid and the language is believable. I must say that this is one of the few books I've read that made me feel physically ill. I got vertigo just imagining the man on the high wire, walking, sometimes skipping and running, a mile above the pavement. And then thinking of the spinning earth, spinning on its axis, around the sun, the solar system spinning in the galaxy, and the galaxy spinning through the universe. Characters walk high literally, and figuratively -- stoned on a variety of substances -- some high because they are high in society, others high because they serve God. It is a majestic canvas. The narrators are uniquely unreliable and push you more to examine the landscape yourself. The moral landscape. The societal landscape. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
"What happens to one of us, happens to all of us". Always give the other person the benefit of the doubt. You don't know what's going on in their life. Gloria's story was particularly powerful. All the female characters were fully realized. How could a male author understand those inner lives? ( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
This book was difficult for me to get into and I almost stopped reading it more than once. It was probably close to page 60 or more when I finally started to enjoy it. It opens with Philippe Petit's wire walk between the twin towers but everything else is fiction. The author somehow weaves the stories of multiple characters who seem like they shouldn't be connected at all. Even though it was sad, it's one of those books where the character's stories really stick with you. ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
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This is an exceptional performance by a writer whose originality and profound humanity is evident throughout this highly original and wondrous novel.
adicionado por jjlong | editarThe Independent, Douglas Kennedy (Sep 18, 2009)
 
The lousy feeling that you’ve been duped into buying a bogus product increases as you read Let the Great World Spin, and like all chintzy things manufactured for tourists, the book can’t withstand the slightest amount of tensile pressure. Apply a little scrutiny to the artistic decisions being made, and worse and worse details appear, from the awful prose, which ceaselessly pitches and yaws between staccato bursts of words and breathless run-on sentences, to the gaudy, exhibitionist displays of grief. But tackiest of all is the way that McCann deals with his African-American characters, who come off as nothing more than anthropological specimens.
adicionado por Shortride | editarOpen Letters Monthly, Sam Sacks (Sep 1, 2009)
 
It is a mark of the novel’s soaring and largely fulfilled ambition that McCann just keeps rolling out new people, deftly linking each to the next, as his story moves toward its surprising and deeply affecting conclusion.
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Here and elsewhere, “Let the Great World Spin” can feel like a precursor to another novel of colliding cultures: “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” Tom Wolfe’s classic portrait of New York in the 1980s. But McCann’s effort is less disciplined, more earnest, looser, rougher, more flawed but also more soulful — in other words, more like the city itself.
 
Gritty yet hopeful... in terms of sheer lyricism, McCann pulls out all the stops. My review copy was an absolute mess of Post-its and marked passages by the time I was halfway through.
 
A book so humane in its understanding of original sin that it winds up bestowing what might be called original absolution... a pre-9/11 novel that delivers the sense that so many of the 9/11 novels have missed.
adicionado por jjlong | editarEsquire, Tom Junod (Jul 8, 2009)
 

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Colum McCannautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Doyle, GerardNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Monda, CarolNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ocampo, Ramon deNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Parker, JohannaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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New York City in the 1970s. 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. A 38-year-old grandmother turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. The city's people are unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the "artistic crime of the century"--a mysterious tightrope walker dancing between the Twin Towers.--From publisher description.

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