Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I find it interesting how many "literary novels" overuse the *F* word ... like it's a requirement for the genre. And, with that said, if you are offended reading the *F* word SEVEN times in one sentence, this book is not for you.
I had decided to give this book four stars instead of five for three reasons:
1. Overuse of the *F* word
2. Disparaging views of God
3. Too many characters - too many points of view
I vacillated between four and five stars for days ... which is silly, if you stop to think about it.
Here's what I loved about the book:
1. I felt like I was taking a master's class in creative writing.
2. The interwoven character lines kept me interested in turning the page.
3. The metaphors made me mark pages to discuss at book club.
Overall, here's what the book meant to me:
"The greatest part of the law was the wisdom of toleration" (LTGWS, page 255).
Even considering how much God was doubted in this book, the sentence above is another wording of the teachings of Jesus:
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" (John 13:24).
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