Friday, October 22, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: Let the Great World Spin

"Those who saw him hushed."

-- Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.

This won the National Book Award last year. I am reading it as my National winner pick for the Battle of the Prizes, American Version challenge.

I had originally picked Them by Joyce Carol Oates as my National choice, and Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler for my Pulitzer winner, but I decided to switch. I just read Olive Kitteridge for my Pulitzer winner and decided to stick with the short-stories-as-novel idea with my National pick. They tie in with The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter for my double dipper choice.

Now I am finally making progress on my own challenge. It's about time.


  1. This book has caught my attention recently. I would like to read it.

  2. Read two of his books and liked them both.

  3. reviewsbylola -- I am trying to read all the National Book Award winners, so I was going to get to this one eventually. I got to it sooner than I normally would because I'm reading it for a book club. I like it.

    Helen -- I confess that I had never come across this author until he won the National. I am going to give his other books a try.


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