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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
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Jun 10, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: awards-winners, location-usa-new-york
Read in June, 2009

From the book: "...one of the beauties of New York is that you can be from anywhere and within moments of landing it is yours."

For those of us who remember August 1974, the overriding news was of Nixon, Watergate, Vietnam. We remember well the names Colson, Dean, Halderman, Erlichman, if we can't remember what exactly what it was that they did. On the other hand, we can remember clearly one man's actions, if not his name (not taking into account the excellent film made about his feat) -- Philippe Petit's successful dance between the Two Towers was the stuff of instant legend. This book weaves a tapestry of individuals whose lives are transformed by this their connections, some more tenuous than others, to his act. It could easily enough have been titled "No Man is an Island on an Island," but that would have been trite, and this book is anything but trite.
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