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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
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Jun 17, 2010

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bookshelves: at-least-the-writing-was-good, good-but-made-me-sad, not-to-my-taste-but-worthwhile, awardwinner
Read from June 17 to 22, 2010

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I'm not a huge short story fan, and I am entirely enamored of the story of Philippe Petit and Man on Wire. Thus, expecting a novel about the latter and finding the former threw me.

This is one of those "the writing's good" books. I found myself skipping back and forth to chase various story lines. It's not ultimately a happy book, but an interesting look at a slice in time.

I really liked the storyline of the mothers of the soldiers in Vietnam, but it was oh, so sad, both as a mother of a young man and the wife of a Vietnam vet.
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Reading Progress

06/20 page 95
27.0% "Hadn't realized this was short stories, and was expecting a novel. Over that disappointment and on to reading the next story."
07/06 marked as: read

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