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To Reach the Clouds Paperback – February 19, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (February 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571217710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571217717
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,877,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One year after the nightmares of September 11, 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'. Paul Auster --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Stolk on April 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Fascinating read about an insane feat! I read the book after watching "Man on Wire" and think it would have been more interesting to do the reverse. The book is not your typical narrative; it is obviously written by a (hyperactive) poet. I had hoped that it would shed more light on Petit's life story, his boyhood, his upbringing, the usual; which it did not, but then it isn't a biography. Even though you know how it ends, you still find yourself holding your breath as the whole caper unfolds. I highly recommend the book (and the movie).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen Diefenderfer on June 10, 2009
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It's a thriller and he's a poet. I also bought this book after seeing the movie and his writing is wonderful. Must be one of the most unique people on the planet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By idontcar on June 26, 2012
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To Reach the Clouds was a fantastic, fast moving read that captivated me. Philippe Petit writes with great detail the amazing adventure leading to his famous walk between the Twin Towers.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Verve on August 13, 2009
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I can't even begin to tell you how compelling I found this. I'm really not a big fan of non-fiction, but this totally blew me away - and yes, lucky I'm not a high-wire walker. Anyway, excuse the lousy joke, but this is a seriously brilliant and breathtaking read. No wonder it keeps being unavailable, I guess they're reprinting like crazy. Anyway, after you get hold of a copy, if you then fancy a bit of fiction, I highly recommend this:

Soothing Music for Stray Catsby Jayne Joso, also brilliant.
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