Let the Great World Spin

Ordinary people who make up this extra ordinary world


I own a book written by Pilippe Petit the French funambulist and watched the documentary film " Man on Wire". I was initially interested in this book because of it, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was not a story about Petit nor about well-known heroes. It was about the lives of ordinary people who live in this great city of New York, such as an Irish priest and a prostitute. These ordinary people lead insignificant lives and probably never do great things to change the world. Yet, they made me care about them. I especially felt for a mother who lost her son in war.

Every time the cable walk between World Trade Center is mentioned in this book, I couldn’t help but flinch a bit remembering these towers do not exist anymore. Then, I realize that New York City and the World have changed, but our world is still very similar. There’s something universal in humanity.

His writing is beautiful and even though there are many characters, the story is easy to follow and cohesive.

Colum McCann has a big heart. He cares every ordinary life who makes this great world. His characters will keep on living in my mind.

渡辺由佳里 Yukari Watanabe Scott についてhttp://youshofanclub.comエッセイスト、洋書レビュアー、翻訳家、マーケティング・ストラテジー会社共同経営者。兵庫県生まれ。 多くの職を体験し、東京で外資系医療用装具会社勤務後、香港を経て1995年よりアメリカに移住。 2001年に小説『ノーティアーズ』で小説新潮長篇新人賞受賞。翌年『神たちの誤算』(共に 新潮社刊)を発表。他の著書に『ゆるく、自由に、そして有意義に』(朝日出版社)、 『ジャンル別 洋書ベスト500』(コスモピア)、『どうせなら、楽しく生きよう』(飛鳥新社)など。 最新刊『トランプがはじめた21世紀の南北戦争』(晶文社) ニューズウィーク日本版とケイクスで連載。 翻訳には、糸井重里氏監修の訳書『グレイトフル・デッドにマーケティングを学ぶ』(日経BP社)、『毒見師イレーナ』(ハーパーコリンズ)など。 連載 Cakes(ケイクス)|ニューズウィーク 日本版 洋書を紹介するブログ『洋書ファンクラブ』主催者 Author, translator, and English book reviewer for Japan Market. Author of "500 best books written in English" for the Japanese market. English book reviewer for Newsweek Japan. Amazon.co.jp Top 100 reviewer.