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Specimen days

by Cunningham, Michael, 1952-

Format: Book on CD 2005
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 6 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Audio CD Fic CUNNIN
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Recorded Book BCD FIC Cunn
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Audio Visual CD BOOK C
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Crafton Public Library Adult - Fiction Recorded Book RB F CUNNINGH 2005
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Audio CDB Cunningham
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Michael Cunningham, who's most famous for his Virginia Woolf-centered book turned film The Hours, presents a novel separated into three distinct short stories: In the Machine; The Children's Crusade; and Like Beauty. In these stories, each character is heavily influenced by the poetry of Walt Whitman.
A highly anticipated, bold new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of T"he Hours"--three linked visionary narratives set in the ever-mysterious, turbulent city of New York
In each section of Michael Cunningham's new book, we encounter the same group of characters: a young boy, an older man, and a young woman. "In the Machine" is a ghost story which takes place at the height of the Industrial Revolution, as human beings confront the alienated realities of the new machine age. "The Children's Crusade," set in the early twenty-first century, plays with the conventions of the noir thriller as it tracks the pursuit of a terrorist band which is detonating bombs seemingly at random around the city. The third part, "Like Beauty," evokes a New York 150 years into the future, when the city is all but overwhelmed by refugees from the first inhabited planet to be contacted by the people of Earth. Presiding over each episode of this interrelated whole is the prophetic figure of the poet Walt Whitman, who promised his future readers, "It avails not, neither distance nor place...I am with you, and know how it is."
SPECIMEN DAYS is a genre-bending, haunting, and transformative ode to life in our greatest city--a work of surpassing power and beauty by one of the most original and daring writers at work today.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours (1998), Cunningham boldly improvised on Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf's masterpiece. Here Walt Whitman is his literary muse as the poet's cosmic sensibility inspires unexpected revelations and courses of action. Once again, Cunningham has constructed an elegant triptych of tales about a trio of characters in different times and guises, but he has taken a quantum leap imaginatively, stylistically, and thematically in this bewitching novel of a metamorphosing New York City. In the exquisitely eerie In the Machine, Walt Whitman strolls down Broadway as Lucas, 13, an oddly misshapen, Whitman-quoting mystic, tries to take his older brother Simon's place as servant to a machine in a hellish factory after Simon's gruesome death, but is overwhelmed by the brutality of his existence. The Children's Crusade, a stinging post-9/11 thriller, features Cat, an African American New York police psychologist undone by a case involving young, Whitman-quoting suicide bombers. In Like Beauty, Cunningham turns to science fiction, imagining a futuristic New York as a theme park, a simulo named Simon who longs to become more fully human, and Catareen, an intrepid four-and-a-half-foot tall green lizard from another planet. Brilliantly conceived, empathic, darkly humorous, and gorgeously rendered, Cunningham's galvanizing novel about the quest for justice and freedom, the parameters of the soul, the hunger for beauty, and the fluid interface between the natural and the engineered is a genuine literary event. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Engaging Walt Whitman as his muse (and borrowing the name of Whitman's 1882 autobiography for his title), Cunningham weaves a captivating, strange and extravagant novel of human progress and social decline. Like his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hours, the novel tells three stories separated in time. But here, the stage is the same (the "glittering, blighted" city of Manhattan), the actors mirror each other (a deformed, Whitman-quoting boy, Luke, is a terrorist in one story and a teenage prophet in another; a world-weary woman, Catherine, is a would-be bride and an alien; and a handsome young man, Simon, is a ghost, a business man and an artificial human) and weighty themes (of love and fear, loss and connection, violence and poetry) reverberate with increasing power. "In the Machine," set during the Industrial Revolution, tells the story of 12-year-old Luke as he falls in love with his dead brother's girlfriend, Catherine, and becomes convinced that the ghost of his brother, Simon, lives inside the iron works machine that killed him. The suspenseful "The Children's Crusade" explores love and maternal instinct via a thrilleresque plot, as Cat, a black forensic psychologist, draws away from her rich, white and younger lover, Simon, and toward a spooky, deformed boy who's also a member of a global network committed to random acts of terror. And in "Like Beauty," Simon, a "simulo"; Catareen, a lizard-like alien; and Luke, an adolescent prophet, strike out for a new life in a postapocalyptic world. With its narrative leaps and self-conscious flights into the transcendent, Cunningham's fourth novel sometimes seems ready to collapse under the weight of its lavishness and ambition-but thrillingly, it never does. This is daring, memorable fiction. Agent, Gail Hochman. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Audio Renaissance,2005
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Cumming, Alan, 1965-
Audio Renaissance (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Alan Cumming.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 9 audio discs (11 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1593976895 :
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