To Reach the Clouds - Philippe Petit - - Allen & Unwin - AustraliaPhilippe Petit may go where no man or woman! But what he returns with is a set of principles we can all use when we take on big challenges of our own. As he does it, pedestrians below gawk in awe. An entire city swoons. Wire-walker Philippe Petit becomes an international celebrity for performing what many called the artistic crime of the century. The film, which hits theaters this weekend, puts audiences right there on the wire with Petit, and is a powerful reminder that even the most perilous feats can be accomplished one careful step at a time.
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One April morning I was arranging new stock on the trestle tables in Bryant Park when my hand snagged on a book that was almost square. Its cover was white, with a black line across it. A man lay on his back on the line, his left arm and leg dangling, his face in stark silhouette, puckish and ecstatic. The line was a tightrope. The man was Philippe Petit, the French high-wire artist who walked between the Twin Towers illegally in
You are most famous for your tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York. It took six years to plan. Was there ever a point when you questioned what you were doing? I was stopped by police at the top of the tower and all sorts of accidents happened that should have annihilated the dream. At the top of the tower, I was filled with doubt. Were you nervous? No, no, I'm never nervous actually.
Philippe Petit's smash-hit bestseller telling how he crossed between the Twin Towers by tightrope, now major movie The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Born into a middle-class French family in , 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. Download cover.
The Walk: Previously published as To Reach The Clouds [Philippe Petit, Robert Zemeckis] on Inspire a love of reading with Prime Book Box for Kids Discover.
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