Title: Let the Great World Spin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London
Publication Date: 2009
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
First UK edition , First Printing In 1974 a man is walking in the sky. The man is walking between the newly built twin towers, 110 stories below is the city where eight strangers spin toward each other. One is a radical Irish monk whose flock is mainly made up of streetwalkers. Claire the mother of a slain Viet Nam veteran. Claire's husband. Lara a young artist with a doomed marriage and a bad drug habit. Fernando a thirteen year old photographer. Gloria, solid and upright despite decades of struggle. Tillie a courageous hooker who always dreamed of a better life and Jazzlyn, her beautiful, reckless daughter raised on dreams that reached beyond the New York skyline. This book is a page turning, wonderful story of hope and damage, repentance and salvation. " Let the great World Spin celebrates the effervescent spirit of an age and the small beauties of everyday life. At once intimate and magnificent, elegant and astonishing, it is a lyrical masterpiece from a storyteller who continues to use the wide world as his canvas. Colum McCann may be the next great Irish novelists. Book is new, in like jacket which is priced (L18.99) This is one of my all time favaorites, First Edition, First Printing, winner of the National Book Award 2009 protected in Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 001017
Synopsis: New York, August 1974. A man is walking the sky. The city stands still in awe. Between the newly built Twin Towers the man is striding, twirling and showboating his way through the air. One hundred and ten stories below him, the lives of eight strangers spin towards each other Corrigan, a radical, passionate Irish monk working in the Bronx with a clutch of prostitutes; Claire, a delicate Upper East Side housewife reeling from the death of her son in Vietnam; her husband Solomon, a cynical judge turning over petty criminals in a downtown court; Lara, a young artist struggling with a spiralling drug addiction and a doomed marriage; Fernando, a thirteen-year-old photographer chasing underground graffiti; Gloria, solid and proud despite decades of hardship; Tillie, a courageous hooker who used to dream of a better life; and Jazzlyn, her beautiful, reckless daughter raised on promises that reach beyond the high-rises of New York. Set against a time of sweeping political and social change, from the backlash against the Vietnam War and the lingering spectre of the oil crisis to the beginnings of the Internet - a time that hauntingly mirrors the present time - these disparate lives will collide in the shadow of one reckless and beautiful act, and be transformed for ever. Weaving together themes of love, loss, belonging, duty and human striving, Let the Great World Spin celebrates the effervescent spirit of an age and the small beauties of everyday life. At once intimate and magnificent, elegant and astonishing, it is a lyrical masterpiece from a storyteller who continues to use the wide world as his canvas.
Colum McCann?s Let the Great World Spin is a novel which captures the spirit of an age ? 1974, Nixon is about to resign, soldiers are home from Vietnam, the oil crisis is at its peak, and the technology of computers is on the horizon. It is also a reflection of the times we live in now with its examination of faith, art, love and belonging. With assured, empathetic, and energetic writing, this is a brilliantly crafted and engaging book.
The novel begins in August 1974 as a tightrope walker makes his way through the dawn light across the World Trade Center towers, stunning thousands of watchers below. Using the true story of Philippe Petit as a pull-through metaphor, McCann crafts a portrait of the city and a people. There?s Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, who struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn the sons who died in Vietnam ? they soon discover how much divides them even in their grief. Further uptown, Tillie, a 38-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenaged daughter, determined not only to take care of her ?babies? but to prove her own worth.
Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann?s powerful allegory of 9/11 comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city?s people, unexpectedly 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 has already been described as a triumphant American novel.
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