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Specimen Days - A Novel

Michael Cunningham

A highly anticipated, bold new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The 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.

A highly anticipated, bold new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The 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.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A highly anticipated, bold new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alan Cumming

Length:

4h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:04


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:46


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:22