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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
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Apr 11, 11

bookshelves: top-ten
Read in April, 2011

Just moved this into my Top Ten. (Have some cutting to do now, since my Top 10 list in now 11). This book floored me. Written by Colum McCann as part love letter to the broken, dirty, ragged, yet evolving New York City (and its people) as well as a modern day allegory (Corrigan the Monk is a modern St. Francis, i.e., at one point Corrigan gives some Irish homeless men his father's clothes on the streets of Dublin. Ring. Ring. Story of St. Francis calling!). There were so many tips of the hat, playful bits of language, and moments of utter clarity, I want to start it all over with a notebook nearby to take notes from the master. McCann fully inhabits the voice of each of his exquisitely formed characters. I didn't want the book to end--but had the feeling that when it did end it wouldn't really be over because the characters will be with me forever. August 7, 1974--the new Bloomsday. Or should say Petitsday. There's a new Irish writer holiday to celebrate!!! Love this book. McCann is my new favorite Irish writer.
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Marjie Well done!I, too, thought it was INCREDIBLE.


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