TO REACH THE CLOUDS BOOK
Start by marking “To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers” as Want to Read: If you have seen the movie, The Walk, then you probably know about Philippe Petit. I picked it up because, after reading Let the Great World Spin, I was curious about Philippe Petit's. Editorial Reviews. Review. He claims proudly to have been arrested times for street-juggling and has written a variety of books on his art, but high-wire. The Walk: Previously published as To Reach The Clouds [Philippe Petit, To Reach the Clouds and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle.
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To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers [Philippe Petit] The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOK ). Phillippe Petit's coup - a high-wire walk between the towers of the World Trade Centre - is described with lyrical urgency in To Reach The. On the morning of August 7, —having already illegally rigged and walked steel cables between the towers of Notre Dame in Paris and.
Its arms of thousands, tens of thousands, of tons of concrete, glass, steel, and threat. A gaping mouth stories deep, more than meters tall.
An inner howl assails me, the wild longing to flee. But it is too late.
The wire is ready. My heart is so forcibly pressed against that wire, each beat echoes, echoes and casts each approaching thought into the netherworld.
Decisively, my other foot sets itself onto the cable. It is artistry. On the DVD, there is footage of Petit performing between other structures. In the years before his WTC walk, he put a cable between two towers of a cathedral near his Parisian boyhood home, and stopped traffic for an hour while he walked between the northern pylons of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers
The operation is planned with a group of friends who, understandably in thrall to Petit's charisma and self-belief, suffer his rages and frustrations through the setbacks and months of tedious research. Gradually the story takes on the tension of a thriller, with preparations as fraught and meticulous as a bank heist.
There are endless days of sneaking into the towers in the guise of builders or delivery men to ascertain rooftop access, measure distances and gauge such crucial factors as how to stretch the wire between the two rooftops in the first place they fire it with a bow and arrow. Finally, the vertiginous photographs speak for themselves.
Compelling, terrifying and beautiful, they frame a moment when the triumphal towers became synonymous with human frailty, as they did again 28 years later. One picture, with a plane silhouetted against the sky, is chilling in its prescience.
Petit's promise to walk again when the towers are resurrected, risking his life as a tribute to all the lives lost, is inspiring, though whether Daniel Libeskind's design will afford him this opportunity remains to be seen. Topics Biography books The Observer. Higher education reviews.
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He has performed illegal high-wire walks between the towers of Notre Dame, the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and the northern pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Amazon Payment Products.
There's a problem loading this menu right now. His narrative - lyrical, swaggering, urgent, with the odd telltale twist of Gallic syntax - keeps resolutely in the present tense, yet it is impossible not to find portents in his descriptions of these contemporary towers of Babel, built 'in total disregard of the commandment, "Thou shalt not try to reach the clouds". Petit, and of the Twin Towers.
Yet few who saw or heard about it realized that it was the fulfillment of a dream he had nurtured for six years, rekindling it each time it was in danger of expiring.