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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
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Jan 05, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from January 05, 2011 to June 11, 2012 — I own a copy

What do I think? I think you should read this book. McCann has one of the best writer's voices I've read. Mix part poetry, part realism, part history. Sometimes I can tell he's just piecing together a string of historical facts, but regardless it is interesting and I feel like I've learned something after reading. My one criticism is that it can sound like he's just cut and paste his character background on to the page: (i.e. Character A is a priest, he lives in the Bronx, he has a graying beard). That is lazy to me, but the rest flows so well it makes up for it. McCann is excellent with metaphors and depth- the type of writing where I literally feel my heart swell as I read. It's almost too good, it's uncomfortable and stifling. I have to remind myself to breath after some more prolific sentences. I plan to read more of his books, though he might be most well known for this one. Zoli and Dancer will be next.

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