Specimen Days by Michael CunninghamSpecimen Days by Michael Cunningham

Specimen Days

byMichael Cunningham

Paperback | April 30, 2006

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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.
Title:Specimen DaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.26 × 5.66 × 0.93 inPublished:April 30, 2006Publisher:Picador USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312425023

ISBN - 13:9780312425029

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from More of a meditation than a novel The narration glides through scenes without explanations or resolutions. A bit weird, definitely experimental, but I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-25

Editorial Reviews

""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 stoked and pulling the parts together as a brilliant whole."--"The Seattle Times" "Quite simply and even more impressively than in The Hours, Cunningham writes like an angel. . . . Read this magical, spellbinding novel."--"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" "Like Whitman, Cunningham too sings America, in all its grime and glory . . . and "Specimen Days" is a book of wonders."--"The Times Picayune" (New Orleans) "Line by line, page by page, one of the most beautifully executed experiments of the decade."--NPR's "All Things Considered"