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Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
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Jul 16, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: imagined-worlds, past-and-present-setting
Read in February, 2006

I recommend this because I think Cunningham stretched here. He took chances- not all of which really work- but I respect the risks. He follows a similar MO to The Hours- taking the works of a famous writer/poet and using an acknowldeged theme to tie together different eras, voices, styles (in the case of Speciman Days, it's Walt Whitman and the theme of welcoming death). What makes the novellas in Specimen Days work for me are the characters- Cunningham creates intense humanity in the most bizarre or unbelievable circumstances.
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Gary  the Bookworm I remember liking this when I read it. I was reading a lot of Whitman at the time and I appreciated his thoughts.

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