In 1974, a young Frenchman secretly - and illegally - rigged a tightrope between the Twin Towers. He made eight corssings in an hour, while 100,000 people watched in the streets of New York. In "To Reach The Clouds", Petit recreates his six-and-a-half-year quest to realize his dream. Animated by numerous photographs and Petit's sketches, this text is a serenade to his beloved towers and the unfettered aspiration they expressed.
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Born into a middle-class French family in 1949, Philippe Petit taught himself magic, juggling and high-wire walking while still a child. At sixteen he began to travel the world as a street juggler. 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.Review:
By evoking his youthful passion for the World Trade Center, Petit brings the towers’ awesomeness back to life.”
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Every time I watch Philippe Petit perform, my heart beats a mile a minute, and I wonder, What is going through his mind and heart up there?’ Now I know. This book is as awe-inspiring as his accomplishments on the wire.”
Philippe Petit is an artist whose theater is the sky. In this absorbing book, he reveals himself to be equal parts Houdini, Nureyev, and da Vinci.”
How good to remember that morning in 1974 when a young man gave New York a gift of astonishing, indelible beauty. How good that he has sat down now to give us this lively and often heart-stopping account of how he achieved his masterpiece.”
It was Philippe Petit who connected the twin towers of the World Trade Center, in an act of beauty and ecstasy. Now that an act of terror has destroyed them both, his book resurrects and reunites them, in sheer defiance of gravity.”
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Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 2004. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0571217710
Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 2004. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110571217710
Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 2004. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0571217710