`McCann's fiction becomes an allegory for the shock and aftermath of 9/11, for the city's fall and its own equilibrium... McCann is at home in all of the lives he explores... It has an epic and messy scope- at times it puts you in mind of DeLillo in full stride- but it is always startling in its particulars... McCann backs himself to step out into the spaces his novel opens up and it is always thrilling to follow him.' --Observer, August 30, 2009
`This is not a novel about Petit, but an exploration of the resonance between his spectacular walk and the ordinary lives of New Yorkers... McCann makes his prose dance across the surface of this ingeniously constructed novel. He is a fearless writer. experimenting with narrative styles, leaping from one story to the next.' --Daily Telegraph, September 12, 2009
`The true story of Philippe Petit's astounding tightrope walk is the pivot for the narratives that balance and collide in McCann's impressive book... McCann's prose can have the same effect as turning a corner and finding a man walking between skyscrapers: it can stun and surprise... a novel filled with achingly fine writing... McCann's luminous fiction.' --The Financial Times, October 3rd/4th, 2009
`A wow of a novel - rich, humane, brilliantly written and as deep as it is wide.'
--The Times, September 12, 2009
'Every character...grabs you by the throat and makes you care. McCann's dazzling polyphony walks the high wire and succeeds triumphantly'
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