When you've gone over something AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN like I have, certain questions get answered, OTHERS SPRING UP! You mind plays tricks on you, YOU PLAY TRICKS BACK! It's like you're unraveling a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps on knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting..."

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

book review: SPECIMEN DAYS by Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is one of the best writers around and that's all there is to it. SPECIMEN DAYS shows more imagination and compassion for the human condition than anything i've read for a long time. He draws his characters with such pain and understanding that you immediately feel for them and completely understand why they behave the way they do even if you don't like it. This is useful b/c he asks you to make several leaps of faith with this book. If you make them, you'll take the ride and enjoy the trip. If you don't, you won't. It's as simple as that. I loved the way he basically writes three books of different genres and connects them all. I like that this book is about big concepts not little relationships. It's pointless to compare this to the other three books b/c they're all so radically different. So would I recommend it, yes. But it's not going to be like anything you've ever read before. Just know that going in.


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