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Let the Great World Spin: Beautiful

I took my time with *Let the Great World Spin*. On purpose. I stretched it out as long as I (reasonably) could because it was so gorgeous. IS so gorgeous. I want to tell you not to be put off by the plot description – a man walking on a hire wire between the world trade centres – and rather to take the leap (ha!) and fall (ha!) into this gem of a story. The writing is without question some of the best I’ve read. Sentences, whole paragraphs that leap of the page as expressions of beauty that left me awed and unable to keep reading. I took mine time because the gorgeousness was too much to keep going without a break. And if that’s not something like a strong endorsement, I don’t know what is: read it, okay?

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