My ThoughtsLet the Great World Spin is divided, not so much into chapters, as it is into lives. "Those who saw him hushed." We open with the tightrope walker but his is not the story we follow. We start with Corrigan and Cairan, young Irish brothers living with their single mom. Corrigan is beginning his life-long search to find God, "His theme was happiness -- what it is and what it might not have been...", and bring him to others while Cairan's job is to look after Corrigan. We then move to Solomon and Claire, living on the Upper East side and trying to make sense of their lives post-Joshua. These two tales, Corrigan's and Claire's, are the glue that holds the book together. Corrigan spends time trying to help out the streetwalkers and other people down on their luck while Claire tries to find normalcy after her son is killed in Vietnam, even though he's not over there to fight but to work on a computer program. Joshua's job is to count the dead.
Throughout the book we find out more about Corrigan, Claire, Cairan and a host of other characters, most notably Tillie and Jazzlyn, a mother-daughter streetwalking duo and Gloria, a mother who's also lost sons to war. While Petit's tightrope walking between the towers begins the book, it's his rope that leads us through the book, the way the rope connects the towers, his walk serves to bring these stories together. As we unravel each person's story, we see how they are all connected.
Caveat: McCann uses some beautiful language throughout the book but he overused one very offensive term for African-Americans. I noted at least 12 times without a context that would put this in a historical perspective.
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