[BOOKS] ✫ Let the Great World Spin Author Colum McCann – Sausageskinsuk.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Let the Great World Spin

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    In my classification system, there are books that are readers books they tell an engaging story there are books that are writers books they are creative in their prose and technically sound and then there are GREAT books that tell a good story through solid prose Let the Great World Spin the 2009 National Book Award winner is such a book The book shares the lives of seemingly random New Yorkers in 19...


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    This really may be the first truly profound novel to connect itself with September 11, 2001 and New York City, if only because it does so in such an understated, oblique, and poetically suggestive way It s also a novel that may take over a hundred pages to truly capture your imagination, but once it does, and once the connective tissue of the disparate group of characters starts to reveal itself, the novel attains a kind of hypnotic and edgy grace for its duration So richly and deeply are McCa This really may be the first truly profound novel to connect itself with September 11, 2001 and New York City, if only because it does so in such an understated, oblique, and poetically suggestive way It s also a novel that may take over a hundred pages to truly capture your imagination, but once it does, and once the connective tissue of the disparate group of characters starts to reveal i...


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    I used to really enjoy short story collections I used to read scary ones in elementary school, depressing ones in high school, and I even read trippy ones in college thinking I was cool But sometime during my post college years, my interest in them began to wane I don t know whether this can be ascribed to getting older, but I do know that I now get frustrated with short stories The time I invest in the setting and the characters, acclimating to the storytelling style and pacing well, ther I used to really enjoy short story collections I used to read scary ones in elementary school, depressing ones in high school, and I even read trippy ones in college thinking I was cool But sometime during my post college years, my interest in them began to wane I don t know whether this can be ascribed to getting older, but I do know that I now get frustrated with short stories The time I invest in the setting and the characters, acclimating to the storytelling style and...


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    For a book that s solely supposed to be about characters.I thought all of these characters were amazingly one dimensional The self sacrificing wanna be priest The smarter than she looks hooker The rich lonely Park Ave housewife Nothing unique or original in there Reading it didn t suck really hard, because it s an easy enough read, and there are little splotches of nice writing and insight...


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    Reviews, in my opinion, aren t the right place for book reports, nor for nosegays of fanboy gush I m supposed to let the reader know why he or she should, could, or would want to read a title.You should, could, AND would want to read this National Book Award winning novel of grief, sadness, and loss because it s so damned easy to love and cherish these characters The Catholic monk whose vocation is to bring a whisper of compassion, in its ancient and literal meaning of shared pain , to the le Reviews, in my opinion, aren t the right place for book reports, nor for nosegays of fanboy gush I m supposed to let the reader know why he or she should, could, or would want to read a title.You should, could, AND would want to read this National Book Award winning novel of grief, sadness, and loss because it s so damned easy to love and cherish these characters The Catholic monk whose vocation is to bring a whisper of compassion, in its ancient and literal meaning of shared pain , to the least and the last of people, the whores, drunks, druggies that we most of us, anyway do our damnedest to ignore the wealthy mother of a Vietnam war casualty, one of the Army s computer guys, a geek whose interest in computers led him to help develop ARPANET, whose grandchild you and I are using right now the tightrope walking oddball whose main claim to an entry in the Akashic Records is walking between the World Trade Center s towers.I love them all, a...


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    A tightrope walker about to pull off one of the biggest stunts ever performed A committed priest too busy looking out for the downtrodden to take care of himself A pair of prostitutes who are also mother and daughter A rich woman crippled by grief and her stoic judge husband A couple of artists who fled the New York night life Computer hackers A brutal car wreck Slums Penthouses Robbery Charity It s either another day in New York, or it s the shittiest circus ever.In 1974, a French ac A tightrope walker about to pull off one of the biggest stunts ever performed A committed priest too busy looking out for the downtrodden to take care of himself A pair of prostitutes who are also mother and daughter A rich woman crippled by grief and her stoic judge husband A couple of artists who fled the New York night life Computer hackers A brutal car wreck Slums Penthouses Robbery Charity It s either another day in New York, or it s the shittiest circus ever.In 1974, a French acrobat named Philippe Petit made even jaded NewYorkers take notice when he illegally rigged a tightrope between the not quite finished World Trade Center towers and then spent the better part of an hour walking it over 1300 feet in...


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    Have you ever heard Gershwin s Rhapsody in Blue That first low note of the clarinet that increasingly vibrates on the ground before it jumps high, high to land with a soft boom of drums and a smooth backdrop of horns, a building for the clarinet to continue on with trills and soars, till finally the zenith is reached and the horn sounds its own quavering, ...


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    Oh god, don t make me look up I was only looking at words in a book, but the image gives me instant vertigo And I m NOT kidding There s a crazy guy doing gymnastics on a tightrope between the Twin Towers, a million feet up in the air All the other people can look up and are obsessed with looking up, in fact, which is totally beyond my comprehension since I have t...


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    This won the national book awardWhich didn t stop me from becoming boredInstead of this you could try aDocumentary called Man on a WireIt s also about Philippe Petit s act Against which the cards were surely stacked To walk in the air between the two towersFor approximately 0.75 hoursOn 7th August 1974.By doing so he broke the lawBut the DA for once did the right thingAnd he wasn t sent to Rikers or Sing SingWhere PP s feat was one of funambulismColum McCann s islike somnambulismSmack head This won the national book awardWhich didn t stop me from becoming boredInstead of this you could try aDocumentary called Man on a WireIt s also about Philippe Petit s act Against which the cards were surely stacked To walk in the air between the two towersFor approximately 0.75 hoursOn 7th August 1974.By doing so he broke the lawBut the DA for once did the righ...


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    Being on the tightrope is living everything else is waiting Karl Wallenda, of the Flying Wallendas The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are almost ten years old, and yet, the wound is still very raw for those not directly involved, I mean for those that were there, the wound is forever Books and films that have dared touch the subject have done so in one of two ways with near stultifying decorum and gravity, which makes art into some kind of vague, patriotic duty or with obli Being on the tightrope is living everything else is waiting Karl Wallenda, of the Flying Wallendas The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are almost ten years old, and yet, the wound is still very raw for those not directly involved, I mean for those that were there, the wound is forever Books and films that have dared touch the subject have done so in one of two ways with near stultifying decorum and gravity, which makes art into some kind of vague, patriotic duty or with obliqueness, in which an artist makes a post 9 11 point without even mentioning 9 11 There s a good reason for this any film or book that attempts to incorporate those events into entertainment are instantly condoned Thus, nearly a decade on, the best works about 9 11 include two Spielberg films Munich and War of the Worlds and a television show Lost These have nothing to do with the actual events, yet have everything to do with the actual events Let the Great World Spin is a 9 ...


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Let the Great World Spin 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 , 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 PeopleLet 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 SCorrigan, 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 WorthElegantly 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