It's New York, August 1974: a man is walking in the sky. Between the newly built Twin Towers, the man twirls through the air. Far below, the lives of complete strangers spin towards each other: Corrigan, a radical Irish monk working in the Bronx; Claire, a delicate Upper East Side housewife reeling from the death of her son; Lara, a drug-addled young artist; Gloria, solid and proud despite decades of hardship; Tillie, a hooker who used to dream of a better life; and Jazzlyn, her beautiful daughter raised on promises that reach beyond the skyline of New York. In the shadow of one reckless and beautiful act, these disparate lives will collide, and be transformed for ever.
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"(...)en bok som er suverent komponert, pulserer av episk kraft og vitner om en forteller i toppklassen.(...) For i denne montasjeaktige teksten fins det så mange tematisk-motiviske mønstre og elegant utformete setninger, så mange lidenskapelige, medrykkende historier, at det er umulig å ikke bli imponert. Colum McCann er en stilig litterær balansekunstner av det dristige, skamløst underholdende slaget." - Steinar Sivertsen, Stavanger Aftenblad ”Forfattaren skriv utan sentimentalitet og moralisering av noko slag, gjerne med knappe, men innhaldsrike formuleringar og humoristiske detaljar. Og stemninga er framifrå formidla i ei lytefri omsetjing av Aase Gjerdrum. La kloden spinne er tittel nummer to på norsk av Colum McCann. Heldige er dei som blir merksame på denne romanen." - Audun Sjøstrand, Bergens Tidende ”(...)teksten grip snart tak i lesaren og tek han med inn i handlinga. Her er det liv og røre, flotte observasjonar og opne sansar, og McCann dansar lett frå den eine lina til den andre og fører lesaren inn i og ut or stadig nye miljø. Og sjølv om forfattaren ikkje tek mål av seg til å oppseda lesarane, er det mykje lærdom om livet å finna i denne boka." - Odd W. Surén, Dag og Tid "(...)et ambisiøst og godt gjennomført verk, skrevet med et synlig pulserende hjerte. (...) Jeg leser McCann som en forfatter som nettopp har åpnet opp for livets dimensjoner, en mann som lar kynikerne være kynikere og holder fast på håpet, mulighetene, forsoningen. Dessuten kan han fortelle historier." - Anne Cathrine Straume, NRK "McCann har skapt en gripende og medrivende roman, en av de bedre jeg har lest på lenge." Asbjørn Ringen, Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen "(...)en godt fortalt roman som treffer leseren, og som har kvaliteter nok til at det blir en god litterær opplevelse, ikke bare ren New York-nostalgi." - Ørjan G. Johnsen, Adresseavisen “This is a gorgeous book, multilayered and deeply felt, and it’s a damned lot of fun to read, too. Leave it to an Irishman to write one of the greatest-ever novels about New York. There’s so much passion and humor and pure lifeforce on every page of Let the Great World Spin that you’ll find yourself giddy, dizzy, overwhelmed.”–Dave Eggers, editor of McSweeney’s and author of What Is the What “In his own gritty and lyrical voice, Colum McCann has lifted up a handful of souls to the light in this big-hearted, adroit and probing novel, and brought forth a spectrum of the painful, the beautiful and the unexpected.”–Amy Bloom, author of Away “Every character … grabs you by the throat and makes you care. McCann's dazzling polyphony walks the high wire and succeeds triumphantly.”–Emma Donoghue, author of The Sealed Letter “What a book! Complex and captivating … a very sensual novel.”–John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas “Now I worry about Colum McCann. What is he going to do after this blockbuster groundbreaking heartbreaking symphony of a novel? No novelist writing of New York has climbed higher, dived deeper.”–Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes “With Philippe Petit’s breathless 1974 tightrope walk between the uncompleted WTC towers at its axis, Colum McCann offers us a lyrical cycloramic high-low portrait of New York City in its days of burning; Park Avenue matrons, Bronx junkies, Center Street judges, downtown artists and their uptown subway-tagging brethren, street priests, weary cops, wearier hookers, grieving mothers of an Asian war freshly put to bed; a masterful chorus of voices all obliviously connected by the most ephemeral vision; a pin-dot of a man walking on air 110 stories above their heads.”–Richard Price, author of Lush Life “Stunning… [an] elegiac glimpse of hope…It’s a novel rooted firmly in time and place. It vividly captures New York at its worst and best. But it transcends all that. In the end, it’s a novel about families – the ones we’re born into and the ones we make for ourselves.”–USA Today “The first great 9/11 novel... Let the Great World Spin stands as a kind of corrective to Don DeLillo’s remorselessly precise and punishing Falling Man…It is a pre-9/11 novel that delivers the sense that so many of the 9/11 novels have missed: We are all dancing on the wire of history, and even on solid ground we breathe the thinnest of air.”–Esquire “Mesmerizing…A Joycean look at the lives of New Yorkers changed by a single act on a single day….Colum McCann’s marvelously rich novel…weaves a portrait of a city and a moment, dizzyingly satisfying to read and difficult to put down.”–Seattle Times “Vibrantly whole… With a series of spare, gorgeously wrought vignettes, Colum McCann brings 1970s New York to life…And as always, McCann’s heart-stoppingly simple descriptions wow. A-” –Entertainment Weekly “An act of pure bravado, dizzying proof that to keep your balance you need to know how to fall.” – O, The Oprah Magazine, oprah.com’s “Books You Can’t Put Down” Summer Reading List Selection “The Great New York Novel. With echoes of Wolfe, Doctorow, and DeLillo, Colum McCann’s mesmerizing Let the Great World Spin is a prophetic portrait of New York City in the summer of 1974…A fine introduction to a major talent. It is one of the year’s best novels.” – Taylor Antrim, The Daily Beast “McCann…both resurrects and redeems the horrors of Sept. 11, creating a metaphorical landscape of human endurance in the face of unspeakable tragedy…. This is McCann's gift, finding grace in grief and magic in the mundane.” – San Francisco Chronicle, Top Shelf: Recommended Reading Selection “A shimmering, shattering novel. In McCann’s wise and elegiac novel of origins and consequences, each of his finely drawn, unexpectedly connected characters balances above an abyss, evincing great courage with every step.” – Booklist, starred “Colum McCann has worked some exquisite magic with Let the Great World Spin, conjuring a novel of electromagnetic force that defies gravity...A magnificent novel…hums with such grace that its memory might tighten your throat weeks later.”–The Courier-Dispatch, Louisville KY “If William Butler Yeats and Allen Ginsberg had written a novel together, it would be this sad, this deep, this urban, this manic and this highly charged.…. McCann’s power – his language, his human understanding, his vision–holds us in an embrace as encompassing as the great world itself.”–Buffalo News “Beautiful, heady…As worn down as McCann's characters are, they each struggle heroically against life's downward pull, and that's what makes the novel so powerfully uplifting.”–Richmond Times-Dispatch “Seductive [with a] propulsive pace…This is a New York teeming with leathery men and vicious beauties. The city itself is a stalled machine. People don't arrive here; they crawl into it. McCann's style is lyrical and sharp, as he expertly weaves together the lives of a handful of seemingly disparate characters.” – The Oregonian “If major writers like Don DeLillo and Jay McInerney failed to capture the diversity of voices affected by tragedy in their early attempts at Sept. 11 novels, McCann succeeds…. In the end, McCann sees hope in a country that has, like his own narrative, recognized the voices of all its people. Hope in recognizing our flaws as a nation. And hope, despite the war we’re still in, of learning from our mistakes.” – Kansas City Star “A sprawling, lyrical new book…Colum McCann [is a] novelist you should know a lot more about.” – New York Magazine “McCann masterfully delineates each character’s voice… He lends a forgiving tenderness that invigorates the timeless notion that we are not really all the different under the skin, each of us longing for love, for beauty, for those connections that will quell our loneliness.” – Bookpage