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"Brilliantly conceived, empathic, darkly humorous, and gorgeously rendered, Cunningham's galvanizing novel about the quest for justice and freedom, the parameters of the soul, the hunger for beauty, and the fluid interface between the natural and the engineered is a genuine literary event." (Booklist)
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By Matthew on 07-26-05
Hit and miss.
Alan Cumming does a nice job of reading this (it's always nice to hear some people you recognize from film/tv). The three stories that make up the novel are linked by their association with the work of Walt Whitman, certain objects, and the names of characters. The first story is set in the past, and although it is effective at being a "ghost story" of sorts, it is too simple, wanting another act. The second story set in the modern day (and acting as a detective or mystery story) is the most effective as it brings the themes Whitman wrote about to bear on our time. The third story, a science fiction tale, is the least powerful. Cunningham goes a long way to set up an alien culture that is ultimately not as interesting as our own and the third story has the baggage of the reader's expectation that it will sum up the other two... yet it does not. I would still suggest that people listen to this book, but it does not fire on all cylinders as "The Hours" did.
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By Michelle on 02-21-08
very insightful and well written
I read this book after seeing the hours and wanted to know more about this author. I could not make the connection between this book and The Hours but liked it very much. The three stories are great stading on their own but when taking together give a very deep perpsective on who where are as people and where are we from (or going). Highly recommended
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