August 23, 2010
Let the Great World Spin
I recently finished "Let the Great World Spin", by Colum McCann. It is wonderful. Set in New York City in 1974, on the day that a tightrope walker balanced on a tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. It's not about that event, but it serves as a focal point in the narrative. The chapters are told from various viewpoints, each story being told from the perspective of a different character. It amazes me when authors are able to do this effectively, as this author most assuredly is. The story revolves around that one event, but the stories are weaved around it and linked together, like a web. The writing is compelling and beautiful. My favorite line: "Her eyes were the bluest blue, like tiny drops of September sky."
Here's a link to the review in the NY Times, if you're interested in reading more.