Finally, this afternoon, we got a good rain. It really cooled things off, enough to actually sit upstairs in front of the computer for awhile and share my latest read.
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann, would be a short story collection, except that these stories become involved with each other and each have at least a temporal relationship to Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the twin towers in New York City.
Each story is engrossing, the characters well-drawn and realistic. They are also diverse, in every way. McCann managed to convince me that the whole world could easily fit into New York City. I enjoyed it very much and admire McCann's writing style. It's easy to see why this book has gotten so much buzz--and the 2009 National Book Award.
Speaking of awards, the documentary Man on Wire won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2009, and strangely, it wasn't on my radar at all. I really like documentaries, so of course this went onto the Netflix cue. Philippe Petit's extraordinary--and illegal--show occurred almost 36 years ago.
Too bad no one back then had a camcorder.