To Reach the Clouds

To Reach the Clouds

My High-wire Walk Between the Twin Towers

Book - 2003
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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.
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2003.
ISBN: 9780571217700
Branch Call Number: 791.34092 Petit 3701ma 1
Characteristics: xi, 227 pages : illustrations


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waywardangel Aug 31, 2015

'Philippe Petit is an artist whose theater is the sky. in his absorbing book, he reveals himself to be equal parts Houdini, Nureyev, and Da Vinci.' Robin Williams.

waywardangel Aug 31, 2015

'It was Philippe Petit who connected the twin towers of the World Trade Center, in an act of beauty and ecstasy.' - Werner Herzog

waywardangel Aug 31, 2015

'What this book celebrates is the refusal to live life at ground level, when alternatives are available to anyone with sufficient energy and imagination ... breathtakingly life affirming.' - Sunday Times

waywardangel Aug 31, 2015

'Reads like a thriller written by a poet' - Newsday


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waywardangel Aug 31, 2015

Passionate, breathless and utterly compelling, To Reach the Clouds recounts the day in 1974 when Philippe Petit illegally rigged - and then walked across - a tightrope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Dec 29, 2008

This book is so fascinating! All about Philippe Petit's plan and then his walks/dancing/rests on a wire between the Twin Towers in 1974. Also see the new film Man on Wire.


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waywardangel Aug 31, 2015

High wire artist Philippe Petit has performed - clandestinely or by invitation - for 35 years on five continents. In addition to writing about his art, he gives lectures on creativity and motivation, draws, performs close-up magic, practices the art of lock-picking and eighteenth-century timber framing, play chess, and studies French wines. He has been arrested more than five hundred times for street-juggling. He divides his time between the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine in New York City where he is an Artist-in-Residence, and a hideaway in the Catskills Mountains. In 2008, To Reach the Clouds was made into a major film called Man on Wire, directed by James Walsh.

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