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Let the Great World Spin ❮Read❯ ➮ Let the Great World Spin Author Colum McCann – Thomashillier.co.uk In the dawning light of a late summer morning the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers It is August 1974 and a mysterious tightrope walker is running danci In the dawning light of a late summer Great World ePUB ´ morning the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers It is August and a mysterious tightrope walker is running dancing leaping between the towers suspended a uarter mile above the ground In the streets below a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its peopleLet the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet a Let the Kindle - dazzlingly rich vision of the pain loveliness mystery and promise of New York City in the sCorrigan a radical young Irish monk struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam only to discover just how much divides them even in grief A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit and run that sends her own life the Great World PDF/EPUB ê careening sideways Tillie a thirty eight year old grandmother turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worthElegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people unexpectedly drawn together by hope beauty and the “artistic crime of the century” A sweeping and radical social novel Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition extraordinary promise and in hindsight heartbreaking innocence Hailed as a “fiercely original talent” San Francisco Chronicle award winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve confront and even heal.

  • Hardcover
  • 351 pages
  • Let the Great World Spin
  • Colum McCann
  • English
  • 02 February 2016
  • 9781400063734

About the Author: Colum McCann

McCann is the author of three collections of Great World ePUB ´ short stories and six novels including Apeirogon due to be published in Spring His other books include TransAtlantic Let the Great World Spin This Side of BrightnessDancer and “Zoli” all of which were international best sellers “Let the Great World Spin” won the National Book Award in His fiction has been published in over languages and has appeared in The New Yorker The Atlantic Monthly G Paris Review and other places He has written for Let the Kindle - numerous publications including The Irish Times Die Zeit La Republicca Paris Match The New York Times the Guardian and the Independent Colum has won numerous international awards and has been a bestseller on four continents He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the Irish association of artists Aosdana He has also received a Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres from the French government He is the cofounder of the global non profit story exchange organisation Narrative In the Great World PDF/EPUB ê Colum was named Esuire magazine's Writer of the Year Other awards and honors include a Pushcart Prize the Rooney Prize the Irish Independent Hughes and HughesSunday Independent Novel of the Year and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award He was recently inducted into the Hennessy Hall of Fame for Irish Literature His short film Everything in this Country Must directed by Gary McKendry was nominated for an Academy Award Oscar in Colum was born in Dublin in and began his career as a journalist in The Irish Press In the early 's he took a bicycle across North America and then worked as a wilderness guide in a program for juvenile delinuents in Texas After a year and a half in Japan he and his wife Allison moved to New York where they currently live with their three children Isabella John Michael and Christian Colum teaches in Hunter College in New York in the Creative Writing program with fellow novelists Peter Carey and Tea Obreht Colum has completed his new novel Apeirogon Crafted out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material McCann tells the story of Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan One is Israeli One is Palestinian Both are fathers Both have lost their daughters to the conflict When Bassam and Rami learn of each other's stories they recognize the loss that connects them and they begin to use their grief as a weapon for peace In the novel McCann crosses centuries and continents He stitches together time art history nature and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful Musical cinematic muscular delicate and soaring Apeirogon is a novel for our timesIt is scheduled for release in the US in February Advance copies will be available here on GoodReads.

10 thoughts on “Let the Great World Spin

  1. Tung Tung says:

    In my classification system there are books that are readers’ books they tell an engaging story; there are books that are writers’ books they are creative in their prose and technically sound; and then there are GREAT books that tell a good story through solid prose Let the Great World Spin the 2009 National Book Award winner is such a book The book shares the lives of seemingly random New Yorkers in 1974 and how their lives intertwine At the surface they seem connected by what happens in their lives in and around August 7 1974 when a man walked a tightrope strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center However as the book progresses we find out how their lives connect on much deeper levels This book rewards patient readers Impatient readers will find the first few chapters disjointed with too many unconnected plot threads Patient readers will get to see how all these threads come together; and come together they do and beautifully so in a way that reminded me of Cunningham’s The Hours It’s one of the reasons that if I had to choose one word to describe this book it would be “well crafted” Patience also pays off for the reader in how the novel ends For me the first half of the book felt very dark characters die depressing lives remain depressing and sorrows remain unredeemed But in the last half of this book there is this growing sense of hope and strength And McCann’s story about the connectedness of life and the audacity of living despite the hardness of life completes itself From a prose perspective McCann has a writing style that was fluid enough to change its voice as it drifted from character to character but was still able to retain its structure and feel Sentences are sharp and concise and scene descriptions always had this energy behind it Beautifully written and perfectly crafted Highly recommended

  2. Eric Eric says:

    This really may be the first truly profound novel to connect itself with September 11 2001 and New York City if only because it does so in such an understated obliue and poetically suggestive way It's also a novel that may take over a hundred pages to truly capture your imagination but once it does and once the connective tissue of the disparate group of characters starts to reveal itself the novel attains a kind of hypnotic and edgy grace for its duration So richly and deeply are McCann's various characters drawn that one finally must marvel at how much he accomplishes in his 350 pages ie it would take lesser writers at least another 100 pages to render these many lives as convincingly as he does It's a novel about unlikely and often unknown linkages between people and because some of these characters represent types who are most invisible and disenfranchised in our society it's a novel that enlarges our sympathies and our compassion or at least it should It's also a novel about those two towering beacons high in the clouds the World Trade Center towers in their infancy in a innocent time when they could be confronted by bravery elan and artistry rather than by terrorism When the pedestrians look up to the buildings' peaks to see a tightrope walker making his way between them their eyes cannot believe what they see and we reflect on the buildings' recent history when our eyes also could not believe what they saw and when the notion of falling from the sky took on all those horrible shadings When on the novel's last page one of McCann's characters reflects that as humans we stumble on we bring a little noise into the silence find in others the ongoing of ourselves and concludes that it is almost enough we feel all of the power this novel has been so patiently and inexorably building up

  3. Jason Jason says:

    I used to really enjoy short story collections I used to read scary ones in elementary school depressing ones in high school and I even read trippy ones in college thinking I was cool But sometime during my post college years my interest in them began to wane I don’t know whether this can be ascribed to getting older but I do know that I now get frustrated with short stories The time I invest in the setting and the characters acclimating to the storytelling style and pacing—well there’s not enough return on my investment I just don’t have time for it anyThankfully this book is not a collection of short stories Rather it is a single story told in a collection and the collection holds together nicely Let the Great World Spin is actually the story of a particular place and time New York City August 1974 It is about the lawlessness and drudgery of the city’s inhabitants it is about the angst of war but it is also about those shining moments of hope and human achievement that pierce the angst and shred the drudgery to pieces It is about two characters in particular one real and one fictional who serve as a sort of lamppost for a city steeped in darkness and self loathing Interestingly both characters are outsiders—new arrivals from foreign soil—as if pulled in by a city that needs just a little bit of light pleaseThere is plenty to like about this book too its coherency its writing style its characters But once again I expose myself as a sucker for imagery McCann uses metaphor like nobody’s business and I fricken loved it I ended up reading this for our new book club on Goodreads which I started with a bunch of friends as an excuse to sueeze even books onto my reading list And I have to admit this was an excellent first pick

  4. Maggie Maggie says:

    For a book that's solely supposed to be about charactersI thought all of these characters were amazingly one dimensional The self sacrificing wanna be priest? The smarter than she looks hooker? The rich lonely Park Ave housewife? Nothing uniue or original in there Reading it didn't suck really hard because it's an easy enough read and there are little splotches of nice writing and insight throughoutbut all in all I didn't get itI also didn't get the whole NYC in the '70s thing from the book either But that might be because I'm inured to the supposed grittiness of the city back then by now It all sounds so cliched What I did like about the book it made me close my eyes and imagine the Twin Towers and wonder and marvel what it would've been like to watch a man dance in the air so high up alongside thousands of other amazed New Yorkers RIP WTC

  5. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Reviews in my opinion aren't the right place for book reports nor for nosegays of fanboy gush I'm supposed to let the reader know why he or she should could or would want to read a titleYou should could AND would want to read this National Book Award winning novel of grief sadness and loss because it's so damned easy to love and cherish these characters The Catholic monk whose vocation is to bring a whisper of compassion in its ancient and literal meaning of shared pain to the least and the last of people the whores drunks druggies that we most of us anyway do our damnedest to ignore; the wealthy mother of a Vietnam war casualty one of the Army's computer guys a geek whose interest in computers led him to help develop ARPANET whose grandchild you and I are using right now; the tightrope walking oddball whose main claim to an entry in the Akashic Records is walking between the World Trade Center's towersI love them all and besidesTillie the whoring mother and grandmother whose entire world view centers on making it all just a little weentsy bit better than it has to be Gloria whose losses mount and mount and still mount but whose sense of life is that it's here so's she so what's a girl to do but laugh? And Jaslyn Oh so much hinges on Jaslyn Claire's niece of the heart So much comes to its final painful joyous fruition with her arrivaland truly ladies and gentlemen at last here the great world spinsReally nothing I say can impact your personal decision to read the book or not I can and do recommend it Millions of the maniacs on a mission who have already read it are doing just that I can only encourage you to support a writer who can create a character who says of her dead daughter's attempted saviorThey told me he smashed all the bones in his chest when he hit the steering wheel Well at least in Heaven hischick'll be able to reach in and grab his heart This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License

  6. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    This won the national book awardWhich didn’t stop me from becoming boredInstead of this you could try aDocumentary called Man on a WireIt’s also about Philippe Petit’s actAgainst which the cards were surely stackedTo walk in the air between the two towersFor approximately 075 hoursOn 7th August 1974By doing so he broke the lawBut the DA for once did the right thingAnd he wasn’t sent to Rikers or Sing SingWhere PP’s feat was one of funambulismColum McCann’s is like somnambulismSmack head hookers radical priestsMothers of Vietnam vets deceasedNot so much New York as Cliché CityAnd lachrymose where it should be grittySorry to say Let the Great World SpinIs the 12th novel this year to end up in the bin

  7. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    Have you ever heard Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue'? That first low note of the clarinet that increasingly vibrates on the ground before it jumps high high to land with a soft boom of drums and a smooth backdrop of horns a building for the clarinet to continue on with trills and soars till finally the zenith is reached and the horn sounds its own uavering the robust tone completing that architecture first sounded by the leaping thrills of the lone clarinetI am hardly the first to see this piece as a musical caricature of New York but it is certainly a first for me to be reading and find my mind setting down notes as uickly as my eyes can scan in words In addition I have never even been to New York So what does it mean when an author is able to convey through simple prose the pulse of a city by appealing to a piece of work that while in a separate sensory dominion is as evocative as that far off metropolis whose sheer force of character gives it personality than can sometimes be believed? It means they have a rare talent indeedBut in my mind this book is better than the music and that's not just my heavy inclination towards literature talking Gershwin certainly conjures up the city but it is New York at her best and brightest just as it was masterfully portrayed in Fantasia 2000's animated rendition As cheering and catchy as that sort of persona is it is not nearly all of New York I may have never walked the streets but I believe that the author created each character that does with thoughtful consideration and importantly empathyVagabond priest graffiti connoisseur prodigy computer mathematician griever tortured artist in the least cliché sense of the phrase the very embodiment of the words 'doomed by forces beyond one's control' and so many others All drawn together by the wire keeper the sky walker the acrobat that took a city by storm and followed a passion that as whimsical as its beginnings had by its end reverberated its way through the hearts of millions and the pages of history books This event may be the cornerstone ferocious in its freedom and exuberant in its sheer existence but the archway that encompasses it is filled with others whose raisons d'être are no less complex or beautiful in their individual craftships While the tightrope artist's story is inspiring it is also a single side to the jewel of New York It takes the stories of all those caught up with the single event to showcase all the other emotions and turns of fate that the city has at its disposal Love loss pursuit of the broken dream denial of the empty fate conforming to ones lot life in every second that passes judging others with every breath and not even the bare minimum of context Finding despite all that a small measure of closure one that the author neither saturates for emotional impact nor biases in order to pass along personal prejudicesBefore I end this I must admit that I didn't expect all this from a book highly lauded by the public eye Shows how much I know In fact this book easily fits the bill as a gateway drug for the esoterically architectured pieces of literature the ones with endless streams of sentences and many plots scurrying around a story that is concerned with structure and themes and yet still has time to lovingly craft the characters sailing along the lines of print So if you have an eye on those larger than life tomes but are hesitant on committing to them too soon try this one Chances are it will sing out in a joyous harmony for you as much as it did for me The core reason for it all was beauty Walking was a divine delight Everything was rewritten when he was up in the air New things were possible with the human form It went beyond euilibriumHe felt for a moment uncreated Another kind of awake

  8. Kemper Kemper says:

    A tightrope walker about to pull off one of the biggest stunts ever performed A committed priest too busy looking out for the downtrodden to take care of himself A pair of prostitutes who are also mother and daughter A rich woman crippled by grief and her stoic judge husband A couple of artists who fled the New York night life Computer hackers A brutal car wreck Slums Penthouses Robbery Charity It’s either another day in New York or it’s the shittiest circus everIn 1974 a French acrobat named Philippe Petit made even jaded NewYorkers take notice when he illegally rigged a tightrope between the not uite finished World Trade Center towers and then spent the better part of an hour walking it over 1300 feet in the air In fact he didn’t just walk the tightrope he danced hopped and ran across it as well as laying down on the wire on his back at one pointPetit’s stunt momentarily captivated the city and Colm McCann uses that event as the center of a web of intriguing stories about a group of people from all walks of life find themselves unknowingly impacting each other McCann shifts to a variety of different perspectives even switching from first person to third person Whether the narrator is a male Irish immigrant or a black female hooker or a Hispanic single mother all the voices seem authentic and uniue and all of them offer up differing world views that still share a common theme of trying to cling to what they loveMy favorite parts are the interludes where McCann describes Petit’s preparations and the walk itself Petit was no Jackass style daredevil He spent over a year of careful planning and practicing for the moment when he and his crew could sneak to the top of the towers and rig the tightrope The descriptions of the calm that fell over Petit as he stepped out on the wire and then proceeded to put on a show for the New Yorkers watching far below is almost enough to give a reader vertigo just trying to picture it And of course the shadow of 911 hangs over the book with the reader knowing that Petit practically walked on air at an incredible height between two objects that don’t even exist any This is some top notch writing with a powerful story of how one man’s desire for a transcendent moment can spin off into directions than anyone can possibly imagine

  9. Debbie Debbie says:

    Oh god don’t make me look up I was only looking at words in a book but the image gives me instant vertigo And I’m NOT kidding There’s a crazy guy doing gymnastics on a tightrope between the Twin Towers a million feet up in the air All the other people can look up and are obsessed with looking up in fact which is totally beyond my comprehension since I have to stare intently at my feet so what’s with me? I’m afraid of heights so I just can’t look I just can’t But how can just reading about this bizarre and incredible feat affect me physically make me dizzy and nauseous? The power of books Just blows me awayThis book is cool It starts with a chapter about people looking up at the madman in the sky The story is based on the real 1970s event of a guy who walked on a wire between the two insanely tall buildings Sort of eerie reading about these buildings that no longer exist Despite my vertigo the story pulled me right in But now I have to go directly to my complaint board Because even though I was so damn happy to get away from the crazy man in the sky I wasn’t so happy with where the author led me next—to a small town in Ireland Who says I want to hang out with two brothers in Ireland? The contrast was too fast You know I love New York and even though I wanted to avoid the guy on the wire I didn’t say I wanted to go overseas right then The brothers bored me to tears and I felt no connection to them They ended up in New York and one of them was a priest who helped hookers I usually like reading about sualor and down and outers but for some reason their story left me cold What a downer after the excitement of the first chapter But never fear the next story had me mesmerized and mostly I liked all the other stories Notice that I’m calling them stories That’s complaint number 2 I signed up for a novel but for a long while it read like a collections of short stories too independent I wanted dependence I wanted connection damn it It took a while for the stories to meld Finally a little later than I liked the stories were woven into a nice tapestry; in fact a beautiful tapestryAll the sudden I was in love with the book The language is to die for lyrical and intense The story so juicy meaty the characters so interesting and complex The interwoven plot is intense and heart wrenching And McCann is so damn profound I was highlighting text like mad—sometimes whole paragraphs in factA cool thing is that McCann is able to use different styles of writing and they all work There’s stream of consciousness there’s a cool monologue by a hooker who has a fantastic voice that is wise funny and sad And then there’s just plain elouent and jazzy text that flows so well I was just in heavenHere are a few uotes It was hard to pick among the zillion gemsFrom the hooker’s monologueThey got businessmen come in for a day Whiteys In tighteys They lift up their shirts you can smell the husband panic off them like their wife is gonna come out of the TV setFrom a Park Avenue woman whose son died in the Vietnam WarNo newspapers big enough to paste him back together in Saigon She takes another long haul lets the smoke settle in her lungs—she has heard somewhere that cigarettes are good for grief One long drag and you forget how to cry The body too busy dealing with the poison No wonder they gave them out free to the soldiers Lucky StrikesOne of McCann’s many wise commentsAfterward Gloria said to her that it was necessary to love silence but before you could love silence you had to have noiseI read McCann's short stories last year Thirteen Ways of Looking I loved it too which led me to this book I want to read of his stuff AbsolutelySo even though I got bored occasionally with a character who left me cold mostly I loved this book to pieces It’s about love and grief and bravery and it really affected me And it’s one of those books that inspires me to write makes me want to play with words I do think it’s a true masterpiece And it’s not McCann’s fault that I got dizzy—though next time I’d prefer it if he kept things lower like ground level

  10. Fabian Fabian says:

    A city with so much life in it that just a sliver of a fleeting moment a man atop a wire suspended between ill fated twin building suffices to display the budding emotion of the general populace And not one emotion but a hundred important to these people for the while in a very democratic piece of literature A true valentine to NYC a jisgaw puzzle of faces that come from different places They all look up in awe; we look down in eual amazement at the power of this grand American epic

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