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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Cunningham Narrator: Alan Cumming Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In each section of Michael Cunningham’s bold new novel, 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 21st 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.

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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sahel Chin | 2/17/2014

    " This was the first book that I read from M.C. I was blown away. There are three seemingly unrelated stories here, but he weaves them together with such a mastery. Its imaginative and well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Fiona | 2/16/2014

    " rather weird and bizarre book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jamie | 1/22/2014

    " 8 /10 I found this one slightly hard to get into, especially the last story, but the last ended up being my favourite and I have no regrets. This one was quite experimental for Cunningham and I can't help but admire what I feel is a big risk in writing this book, in the sense that he risked losing quite a few of his fans by experimenting with other genres (sci-fi and police-suspense). I was pleasantly surprised and will not hesitate to read his next work of art! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Carrie | 1/20/2014

    " Michael Cunningham is one of my favorite authors, but I think I missed the boat on this one. "

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