Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Books Read in 2012: "Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann


OK, technically I read the bulk of this in 2011, but I finished it this morning, so it goes into the 2012 pile.

We've got to draw lines somewhere, people.

That said, I enjoyed this quite a bit. A lot of people have said that this is really a post-9/11 novel, which I have to say I see only superficially. It's easy to draw parallels, and it may even have been the author's intent to use an event—in this case Philippe Petit's tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974—as a nucleus around which he could explore shifting human relationships. Day to day interactions between people, even seemingly innocuous events, have consequences. Small, insignificant actions can have repercussions that last for a long, long time, positively or negatively. To have used 9/11, while an obvious choice, would have been just that: Obvious. It still carries too much emotional baggage as we all have our memories of that day, no matter how far we may have been from the events.