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A city with so much life in it that just a sliver of a fleeting moment--a man atop a wire suspended between ill-fated twin building--suffices to display the budding emotion of the general populace. And not one emotion but a hundred. & important to these people, for the while, in a very democratic piece of literature. A true valentine to N.Y.C.--a jisgaw puzzle of faces that come from different places. They all look up in awe; we look down in equal amazement at the power of this grand American epic.

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An ambitious and complex novel set in New York in 1974. Each chapter tells the story of a different character, and it gradually becomes clear that they are much more linked than seems the case early on. McCanns characters are rounded and sympathetic, covering a wide cross section of New York society.

The central inspiration is Philippe Petits high wire walk between the towers of the World Trade Centre, and his story has a symbolic resonance that links the remaining tales of survival.

If I have a slight criticism it is that the last chapter, set in 2006, ties up the loose ends a little too neatly, but overall this was a very rewarding read.

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I wanted to remember some of the lines from this book so I wrote them in my journal. I havent read anything in a while that has made me ache. The loss in this book and the admiration the narrators have for the central figure is overwhelming as you read it. The author has obviously lost someone special and has captured that loss on paper. Just gorgeously written, especially the chapters titled Miro, Miro on the Wall and Centavos.

SPOILERS AHOY AHOY

To describe this book would be misleading. It is a tale of interwoven characters who dont know how they connect, each chapter is written from a different point of view, and theres some play with the chronology of the plot. Pretty standard fiction fare nowadays. Let the Great World Spin feels different to me because it executes a Maris-on-Frasier relationship. We never hear from Maris or McCanns character Corrigan directly, but we get a fully fleshed out character from hearsay. In Corrigans case, he just keeps getting more and more wholesome and that wholesomeness radiates through the other characters in the novel. That delicate kind of wholesome that isnt preachy or judgmental.

To me, the character Corrigan illustrates the reason I dislike Oprah. He felt no need to wear his good deeds like a medallion - he did not do the tremendously kind things he did for his own self-esteem or for an audience. He did them because it was right. The fact that the reader learns of Corries philanthropy is solely because we hear it from other characters. He would never tell us these things if he were to narrate. He was a reminder to people who most needed reminding that there is still good in the world.

Similarities can easily be drawn between him and the unnamed tightrope walker. I would like to write about the tightrope walker and Corries differences. We are told the tightrope walkers intentions for walking out between the Twin Towers were because the Towers were there to be walked between. Since this stunt took place before reality tv shows and 24 hour news channels, I can somewhat believe it. But somewhere in there he must have done it for notoriety, dont we all have some wish to be remembered, or at least have our 15 minutes of fame? Thats the main difference to me between the tightrope walker and Corrie.

The only reason this book didnt get a 5 star from me is because of the phreakers chapter. Im still wrapping my head around it. I wouldnt say it was a mismatch to the rest of the book; but its reason for being included isnt as obvious. Communication and distance are definite themes of the novel. The beginnings of the internet seem like a good locale for that discussion - but the rest of the book was so tightly written; much more obvious in its motives. Plus there was always a tie in to other characters of the novel somehow in other chapters. Maybe I should read it again, because I dont think any of the people the phreakers got a hold of tied in.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Let the great world spin. And the great world of New York did indeed spin in this book.

How do you view melancholy and heartbreak as something pure and beautiful and riveting and just plain astounding? You read Colum McCanns work, thats how.

It was an orchestra of sorts--the many different voices and narratives. McCann writes with so much lyricism, he makes you want to dance with the tightrope walker the book opens with (taken from the true 1974 story of Philippe Petit, by the way). Three word sentences and then one-page paragraph. Almost no dialogue and then a three-page dialogue-only scene. Simply-structured sentences combined with complex word vines. The prose is a web of bemusement, much like the characters.

Ireland, a city I love reading about ever since Frank McCourt made tales of Ireland (and what one might call the Irish dialect in literature) alluring. Yet McCann does not even come close to writing about Ireland the way in which he writes about New York.

The New York he describes, I see clearly. I was a teenaged immigrant when I lived in New York City. Though I was fortunate to have parents who swore to keep us out of the projects even though they had lost everything when they emigrated, I walked the streets of the projects with my high school friends in Queens, where I lived. I visited the Bronx with them, where mothers leaned out of windows speaking in code, asking their sons to buy things I had no idea of then until I saw small bags exchanged through palms. Walked the projects of Staten Island with friends who had just moved there after escaping war in their homelands. Went to church in the middle of what was then Brooklyns worst projects; Bedsty. Watched while some of my friends never made it through high school and some were deported for bad behavior. Sometimes it all seems unnerving, as if someone handed me a skateboard and I skated through all of it in slow motion.

Now here goes McCann, illuminating it all, reminding me. He speaks of prostitution, drugs, death, etc. But mostly, the book probes about life and consequences, life and the decisions we make, life--the good, the ugly, the beautiful, the painful.

Ciaran Corrigan was my favorite character. Then Jaslyn; the daughter of Jazzlyn the prostitute. Ciaran told the twisted story of his brother, John Corrigan, who was a priest living in the projects with prostitutes, and somehow he became their best friend and angel. But even a priest has struggles and even his family must deal with tragedy. Through Ciarans narration, I wanted to move with the book and never let it go. Until about 80 pages in when the parallel narration took Ciaran away from me and introduced another character.

And this is the only problem I had. The parallel narratives seemed almost like short stories that were later stringed into a novel. And since McCann was a short story writer, that theory may not be too far off. There was the overarching theme of New York, yes, and there were characters whose lives were later intertwined yes, but dont look to be driven by some plot alignment. I love short stories but I hate when Im reading a novel and it starts to feel like a short story collection. You come across so many characters--which, I admit, seems befitting for New York. Though when I got to Tillies narration (the older prostitute) it seemed a bit inauthentic because the New York-African American dialect was off.

Great book and an author whose masterful prose I will gladly seek.

@The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough.@

4.5 stars



مشاهده لینک اصلی
New York City in 1974 was a run-down, uneasy place, trapped in a spiral of decay. Colum McCanns novel captures the spirit of the place and the people eloquently and movingly, the despair and isolation, the community and the hope. The stories of a disparate group of New Yorkers are linked together by Philippe Petits tightrope walk between the Twin Towers: a monk working among prostitutes in the Bronx; his brother, newly arrived from Dublin; one of the prositutes; a Park Avenue matron (Claire, perhaps named to echo Clarissa Dalloway of whom she reminded me a bit) reaching out uncertainly to other mothers of soldiers killed in Vietnam; her judge husband; and a couple of art world refugees. While a few of the sections (particularly one of computer hackers working on the early Arpanet) are weaker than the others, overall, this beautifully written book was one that I never wanted to end.

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