Posts Tagged ‘Philippe Petit’

A few months back I watched Man on Wire, a documentary about Philippe Petit tightrope walking between the World Trade Center towers while they were still under construction.  The film blew me away, and I began searching the internet for more information on the man and his story.  While conducting my search, I came across a news release for an upcoming book that was said to be related: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.

From the publisher’s website:

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, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter 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 people.

let-the-great-world-spin-0809-lgSince its late June release, I’ve read some fantastic reviews of this book.  The late great Frank McCourt (whose review can be read by clicking on the book title link above, and scrolling halfway down the page) said, “This is fiction that gets the heart thumping,” and, “this is a great New York book, not just for New Yorkers but for anyone who walks any sort of tightrope at all.”

And here’s a snippet of what Tom Junod, writer-at-large for Esquire, had to say about the book:

Let the Great World Spinis not Man on Wire; it is not the story of Philippe Petit, whom McCann inhabits but never names; not the story of another dancer suspended, by force of miracle, in thin air. Rather it is the story of the people on the ground and what it is like to be implicated in a freedom they can never attain.

To read Junod’s full review, click here.