Unlike other readers, I was well too aware of the fact that Philippe Petit was the link to all the stories in the book and it was for this exact purpose I'd avoided it for so long. Because once you watch the documentary (Man on Wire
, that is) you know everything. So I had a strong reason not to want to read about him second hand. But I was wrong in postponing it for so long because everything else is on the verge of awesomeness.
Oh, and I should probably state that every time I read an Irish author (which is, shamefully, too rare) I want to kick myself in the ass for not reading more of them.