Book Review: Let The Great World Spin


I just finished reading Let The Great World Spin, by Colum McCann. He has incredible ways with words. I loved the book. I rated it 4 stars on my Goodreads page. I’m not going to ruin the book for anyone except to say that it is written similarly to the way the movie Crash is setup. All these people’s lives intertwine and each chapter is told from a new perspective.

Favorite excerpts from the book:

“We stumble on… bring a little noise into the silence, find in others the ongoing of ourselves. it is almost enough.”

“The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough.”

“What Corrigan wanted was a fully believable God, one you could find in the grime of the everyday. The comfort he got from the hard, cold truth — the filth, the war, the poverty — was that life could be capable of small beauties. He wasn’t interested in the glorious tales of the afterlife or the notions of a honey-soaked heaven. To him that was a dressing room for hell. Rather he consoled himself with the fact that, in the real world, when he looked closely into the darkness he might find the presence of a light, damaged and bruised, but a little light all the same. he wanted, quite simply, for the world to be a better place, and he was in the habit of hoping for it. Out of that came some sort of triumph that went beyond theological proof, a cause for optimism against all the evidence.”

Have you read this book? What was your favorite part, if so? If you haven’t, is it on your list to read? Share with me your thoughts in the comments below!

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