Monday, June 14, 2010

Let The Great World Spin

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann was my Book Club's selection a few months ago.

It tells the story of several characters lives on the day that a tightrope walker walked between the Twin Towers, which actually happened in August of 1974. This book also won the National Book Award in 2009.

It's certainly an ambitious piece of work. There are about a dozen different story lines to follow, and the story lines and characters often cross in unexpected ways.

And it captures that moment in time perfectly (not that I can remember 1974!). I really felt immersed in that time period and in particular, New York City during that time.

Unfortunately, with so many characters it was hard to really get to know any of them well and care for any of them. Just as you were getting a feel for them, their part of the story ends. It was a bit frustrating, but still worth the read.

This one's on my Kindle.

1 comment:

  1. Another one on my to-read list.

    Btw, I don't think I ever thanked you for that Helen Keller/Annie Sullivan book. I got it; thank you :)