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    DescriptionIn each section of Michael Cunningham's bold new novel, his first since "The Hours," we encounter the same group of characters: a young boy, a man, and a woman. "In the Machine" is a ghost story that takes place at the height of the industrial revolution as human beings confront the alienating 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 that 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 time or 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, and a meditation on the direction and meaning of America's destiny. It is a work of surpassing power and beauty by one of the most original and daring writers at work today.


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    Title
    Specimen Days
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Cunningham
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780312425029
    ISBN 10: 0312425023
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDATL, CULT/NRTHES, GEOG/NEWYRK
    DC22: 813/.54
    Ingram Theme: LOCL/NYNEWY
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3553.U484 S64 2006
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    18 April 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Michael Cunningham is the author of the bestselling novel "The Hours," which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, "A Home at the End of the World," also adapted for the screen, and "Flesh and Blood," all published by FSG. He lives in New York.
    Review quote
    ""Specimen Days" offers just about every kind of literary pleasure, and all of them in abundance: suspense, hilarity, invention, romance, and passage after passage of breathtaking prose."--Ethan Canin, "The Washington Post" "Michael Cunningham has taken a quantum leap imaginatively, stylistically, and thematically in this bewitching novel of a metamorphosing New York City. . . . Brilliantly conceived, empathic, darkly humorous, and gorgeously rendered, Cunningham's galvanizing novel . . . is a genuine literary event."--"Booklist" (starred review) "An extraordinary book, as ambitious as it is generous . . . I promise you fun, marvels, adventure, love stories, plus the uninhibited exercise of a great natural writer and an inspired historian. . . . This is a transforming book, the lovely, tattered record of our time and place, and of our wish to prevail."--David Thomson, "The New York Observer" "["Specimen Days"] is a love song of a novel, rich and melancholy and overflowing with smartness."--"The Boston Globe" "Another dazzling tour de force."--"Library Journal" "An astonishing accomplishment and the best book Cunningham has written."--"O" magazine "One of the most luminous and penetrating novels to appear this year."--"The Oregonian" (Portland) "It is his unique moral vision that successfully hinges three distinct narrative panels into a triptych of unified beauty. It's what raises his individual stories out of their genres into the glorious realm of art . . . Big, haunting, beautiful."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review " "[A] tour de force."--"People"**** "Exquisitely written."--"Entertainment Weekly" "Stunning . . . It is a rich reading experience, going from the brutal factory scenes to the thriller of the middle section, and then on to the brave new world of the final section. Cunningham has made something substantively and stylistically bold out of these stories, keeping his many fires stoke