Man Who Walked Between The Towers

By: Mordicai Gerstein

Book Summary

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein tells the true story Philippe Petit. Petit is a young man, working as a street performer, who rides unicycles, juggles balls and fiery torches, and most of all, loves to walk and dance on a rope. After walking around in New York City, he looks at two of the tallest buildings and notices the space between them. With the help of a few friends, he decides to sneak into the building at night and walk between the towers.

Physical Features

The size of the book is quite large and each illustration is very detailed. The cover of the book has many lines to help the reader depict how high up the character is when he walks between the towers. In some areas of the book, the illustrations quite large and take two or three pages. Although, most of the illustrations are bordered and fit on one page. The illustrations seem to be created using oil paint and on several pages there are more than one illustration. In order to keep the book organized, the illustrations stacked on top of each other.
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Visual Elements

In the first few pages of the book, the colors are vibrant and bright. These colors show happiness and helps the reader understand what the character feels while he is performing. Towards the middle of the book, the colors start to darken. The darker colors help the reader depict the time of day. They also suggest feelings such as nervous or scared. Will the performer walk between the two buildings or completely mess up his act? At the end, the colors start to brighten. Once again, the bright colors suggest happiness and the fate of the performer is revealed to the reader.

After examining the book, I noticed several types of lines. The pictures mainly consisted of diagonal or straight lines. These lines can help the reader depict the direction the object is moving or which way the object will move. In the middle of the book, Philippe and his friends sneak onto the roof of the two towers at midnight. Once they reach the top of the tower, they tie a thin and strong line to an arrow and shoot it across to the other tower. However, the line misses the roof and lands on a ledge fifteen feet below. The diagonal line helps us depict which way the rope went.

Artistic Style

The style of the book is realistic. The lines help depict the size of the buildings and help create space between each one. The Man Who Walked Between The Towers is based on a true story of Philippe Petit. Petit is a french high-wire artist who rose to fame by walking between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on the morning of August 7, 1974. The book immediately elicits an emotional response for those who experienced the attacks on the World Trade Center. The detailed illustrations also give the reader a sense of what New York City is like.