Let The Great World Spin

by Colum McCann

HarperCollins Canada | June 1, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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One August morning in 1974, a tightrope walker makes his way, through the dawn light, between the World Trade Center towers. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in this stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. Corrigan, a radical, young Irish monk, struggles with his demons in the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gathers in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who have died in Vietnam. Farther uptown, Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenaged daughter, determined to take care of her babies and to prove her own worth.

Hailed as an American masterpiece, McCann' s powerful allegory of 9/11 comes alive in the unforgettable voices of these, and other, seemingly disparate characters, drawn together by hope, beauty and the tightrope walker' s " artistic crime of the century." McCann' s most ambitious work to date, Let the Great World Spin is a triumphant novel.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: June 1, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554689236

ISBN - 13: 9781554689231

Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin is a masterpiece – a moving, totally original novel that captures the rich tapestry of characters that gives New York its heart and its soul. In this book, centered upon Philippe Petit’s 1974 highwire walk between the now missing World Trade Twin Towers, McCann weaves several distinct stories into a single taut and beautiful tale of love and loss. There is Corrigan, an Irish monk transplanted to New York, who expends his full energy and then some making life a little easier for a group of low end prostitutes. Against all he believes he falls desperately in love with a Guatemalan nurse who hopes he will choose her over the Church. There is Claire, a native of the Upper East side who finds herself drawn to a group of women whose only bond is that each has lost a son in Vietnam. Within the confines of the group Claire builds an unlikely relationship with Gloria, a woman from the projects whose depth and warmth helps transform them both. And there is Solomon – a judge whose experiences in court has caused him to lose all the idealism that once characterized his commitment to the law. On the day of Petit’s performance, their lives interconnect and the deep richness of the story unfolds. Let the Great World Spin is an unforgettable work of fiction – one that will resonate for readers long after they’ve turned the final page.

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Let The Great World Spin

by Colum McCann

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: June 1, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554689236

ISBN - 13: 9781554689231

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One August morning in 1974, a tightrope walker makes his way, through the dawn light, between the World Trade Center towers. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in this stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. Corrigan, a radical, young Irish monk, struggles with his demons in the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gathers in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who have died in Vietnam. Farther uptown, Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenaged daughter, determined to take care of her babies and to prove her own worth.

Hailed as an American masterpiece, McCann' s powerful allegory of 9/11 comes alive in the unforgettable voices of these, and other, seemingly disparate characters, drawn together by hope, beauty and the tightrope walker' s " artistic crime of the century." McCann' s most ambitious work to date, Let the Great World Spin is a triumphant novel.

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