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 best-selling novelist Colum McCann's stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.
Let 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 1970s.
©2009 Colum McCann (P)2015 Random House Audio
I did manage to finish this great story in spite of one of the male narrators I could barely stand. He did the voices of the guys from Palo Alto, among others. Everyone else was great, and it was fun finding out how many of the characters finally related in some way to another character.
Meeting the people. Not just learning about the character, meeting them in their lives right where they are.
Sam Peters, the youngest of the computer hackers. All of 18 years old and understands with a sudden clarity the connection that is more than just conversation.
It always seems that I notice the cadence. You can tell when someone is interested in talking to you, the lift, the pace of their voice. It is present in reading print, but it is undeniable in audio. The narrators seem to have not only read the book, but immersed themselves into the persons experience the are giving voice to.
The moments where those where the character was alone. laying on a bed, looking out a window, gazing, just sitting quietly with another. The most poignant was Jasslyn's last moments with Claire.
Reminded me over and over again of the quote from the 1959 movie, "Suddenly Last Summer" "...each day like a piece of sculpture, leaving behind us a trail of days like a gallery of sculpture until suddenly..."
Say something about yourself!
The structure of the storytelling.
The multi-dimensionality of the story, constructed as it is, makes the whole greater than the sum of its individually-compelling parts.
I have not.
The younger brother's unswerving compassion, throughout.
One of the few books that is better in audio form -- though I suspect it would be fantastic in print as well.
How the lives of all the very different characters cross paths
The dialect of the Irish brothers
Both--at different times!
Moving narrative from a variety of perspectives. Highly moving. A lovely portrait of human nature anchored in a specific NYC moment.
Colum McCann is one of the best writers of English going. Superb prose, and a rich, interwoven plot of vastly different but deeply connected stories. Spellbinding.
I loved having this work of art read to me and relive it without straining my eyes..and realize the things I missed when I read it in 2009
it deserved The Pulitzer as we as the other awards it received that year.
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