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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:

9h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:55


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:04


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:36


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:44


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:12


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:30


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:58


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:09


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:25


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:02


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:05


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:59


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:16


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:36


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:35


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:23


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:31


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:42


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:23


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:16


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:03


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:24


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:54


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:59


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:16


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:05


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:43


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:48


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:16


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:11


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:13


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:08


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:42


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:31


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:48


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:16


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:55


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:03


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:20


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:12


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:52


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:34


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:11