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Trattato di funambolismo

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Un libro sulla vita, poetico e filosofico in cui Philippe Petit, funambolo di fama mondiale, ha raccolto l'essenza dell'arte di attraversare il cielo su una corda. ...more
Hardcover, Saggi, 126 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Ponte alle Grazie (first published 1985)
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Lee Klein
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like an instruction manual for high-wire walking by Kafka, figurative and applicable to any art, but practical advice when taken literally (though few will take to the sky). Great introduction and translation by Paul Auster. A must for fans of Man on Wire, which I saw in the theatre an hour before I heard that DFW was dead, which wrenched back the nobility of humanity I was experiencing post-exposure to the feats and flat-out Herzogian superherodom of Monsieur Petit.
Kasa Cotugno
One of the joys of reading is being taken to a place you never would otherwise experience, and if done well, the trip is transformative. With this book, the trip is not across the country or ocean, but across a wire. On the High Wire is more an internal journey in that Phillipe Petit shares his secrets of what it means to walk on a wire between spectacular points: "All my life I have looked for the most amazing places to cross,… and if [it] also happens to be the longest or most dangerous, that’ ...more
I got this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. It was an interesting blend of handbook and memoir. I learned some interesting things about high wire walking, but it felt disjointed and was incredibly short.

This book kind of goes into how to start high wire walking, but it also talks about what high wire means mentally and emotionally to Petit. This is by no means a history of Petit’s high wire walking or a guide on how to get started.

While there are some interesting tidbits in here o
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with an appreciation of Conquerors of the Useless
"Man of the Air, illuminate with you blood the Very Rich Hours of your passage among us. Limits exist only in the souls of those who do not dream."

A Book of Hours, a Hagakure, a collection of koans, a spiritual guide for those of us who would never dream of climbing onto a wire 2 1/2 inches above the ground, let alone one suspended between the towers of the World Trade Center.

"Robledillo became one of the great rope dancers at the end of a whip. His father attached little bells to the wire and w
Sara Gambarelli
Aug 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Libro sopravvalutato. Il mio approccio a questo trattato era stato deviato da tutte le recensioni positive che lo volevano come una metafora, un libro filosofico, una fonte di spunti di riflessione. Le mie aspettative erano gonfie e alte, perciò sono delusa da questo acquisto.
Va preso per quello che é, invece: un trattato di funambolismo.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: french, nonfiction
"e chi non vuole intraprendere una lotta accanita
di sforzi inutili, pericoli profondi, trappole,
chi non è pronto a dare tutto per sentirsi vivere,
non ha bisogno di diventare funambolo.
soprattutto, non lo potrebbe"
ognuno a modo suo - ha davanti una corda tesa per attraversare il vuoto.
Jonathan Edwards
i found this book in a bargain bin in the basement of the University of Maryland student union when i first started college many many years ago and loved the simplicity and approach of the book .. while part poetry, part experience, part manual, part philosophy what strikes you most is how much of Philippe and his personality he manages to simply convey in the translated french - his love for the wire is infectious and even though much of the book centers on his approach to walking a tight rope ...more
Antonio Delgado
On the High Wire is a manual on the art of walking the wire, but also a diary of an artist, in which repetitions of the same topic create a sense of vertigo. One cannot help but to think of Kafka’s stories when reading these pages. Something gets the walker close to the void, something gets him closer to the art of walling above the void without reaching it, which always appears as a close possibility.

Caroline H
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
some good food
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, non-fiction
2.5 🌟 (the second half is good tho, just a slow beginning)
Adam Cormier
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He is the master of the high wire. He speaks passionately about his craft. When you read this book you feel as though are walking on the wire behind him at times. Very well written, a quick read written by the expert.
Massimiliano Mauriello
Pessimo libro. Mal scritto (forse vi ha un po' ha contibuito anche il traduttore ?; ma la considerazione è peraltro analoga anche per alcuni altri libri di autori francesi in cui sono incappato che aspirano e pretenderebbero di dare insegnamenti di vitae a porsi come delle "perle", il chè farebbe sorgere altri sospetti e considerazioni di più ampio respiro).

Frasi che vogliono atteggiarsi ad affermazioni ricche di profondità e financo attraversate da pseudo venature poetiche che risultano prive
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Questo libro é una piccola perla, uno di quei rari bagliori che capita di cogliere per fortuna o per caso...

Un tuffo nella profondità dell'essenza umana più pura: la ricerca del limite per elevarsi verso dio.
Alessandro Veneri
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
pure artistry.
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-have-read
Un libro incredibile, scritto da una persona ancora più incredibile. La storia reale raccontata in metafora da raccogliere, raccontare e divulgare.
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The man on the high wire shows you how he reached the sky. And while you learn how difficult it could be to perform such a show, you lear step by step that the wire is nothing else but your life.
Nano Malefico®
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: saggi, autobiografia

Al libro vanno 2 stelle, ma all'Uomo e le sue imprese uniche e irripetibili (Twin Towers), ne darei 6.
Non provate ad imitarlo...oppure si!
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Petit livre qui sans être un chef-d'oeuvre, nous fait visiter l'univers peu connu des funambules. Technique et poétique, ce livre vaut définitivement le détour. ...more
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Philippe Petit became famous in August 1974 for his high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. His walk is known as the "artistic crime of the century". Petit has performed high-wire walks around the world, and a 2008 documentary based on his adventure, Man on Wire, won numerous awards and critical praise. ...more

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