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To Reach the Clouds

Petit, Philippe

Published by Faber & Faber, U.S.A., 2004
ISBN 10: 0571217710 / ISBN 13: 9780571217717
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Title: To Reach the Clouds

Publisher: Faber & Faber, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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**First Printing (full # line starts with 1). Paperback in fine condition, gently read and whistle-clean inside and out, wrappers are in fine condition. from the back wrapper -- 'Remarkably the book is as astonishing and beautiful as the act itself. An act of beauty in the face of death." -- The Times. "An extraordinary book. It describes an act of such spectacular defiance and lunacy that it takes your breath away. Petit's account is hilarious and deadly serious, as gripping as any thriller. --Independent. Filled with countless diagrams, drawings and photographs. An amazingly detailed account of that day in 1974 when Philippe Petit illegally rigged -- and then walked across -- a tightrope between the Center. Bookseller Inventory # 001221

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Synopsis: 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.

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.

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