Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann is a fabulous book! I am amazed it was not chosen for any literary awards.  In my opinion, it should have been given a well deserved prize.  The story is so good and incredibly written.

The fictional novel was published in 2009 and the story revolves around a real life tightrope walker who accomplished a daring feat in August of 1974 by walking a tightrope extended between the Twin Towers.  Using the tightrope walker as the starting point, McCann magically weaves words and stories of different people in NYC around the man up on the high wire.  Without realizing it, many of the people are connected in one way or another.  Their stories are told a chapter at a time and culminate as the novel unfolds.

It is a phenomenal novel and the writing so good that the reader can’t help but feel for the characters in it. This story hit home for me on many levels and made me think about life, the good, the bad, and the ways in which, like the tightrope strung between the towers, we are all connected.  I highly recommend it.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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3 Responses to Amazing

  1. Emily C says:

    Do you think this would be a good book for a book club? Sometimes books do not lend themselves to easy discussion so I was wondering if this would be a good book for my book club.

    • dianeledet says:

      Thanks for asking! How happy I would be to know other lit lovers were reading this great book. I’ve never been in a book club, but think this book offers plenty to discuss. If you decide to share the book with your club, I’d love to receive their feedback on it. Happy reading : )

      • Emily C says:

        It is decided – it is the book club pick for December. I will let them know it was your suggestion:). Thank you for your response.

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