Sunday, January 08, 2006
5. “Specimen Days” ~ Michael Cunningham
Beneath the title for this book, it says: "A Novel." I call bullshit. This is actually a set of three novellas with the common themes of technology and its effect on society. Or, as I have experienced in the three wrenching days of reading this book, boredom and its effect on my sleep patterns.
I loved "The Hours." I adored it so much, in fact, that I refused to see the movie. Cunningham seemed to overreach when writing this book. While "The Hours" was an ode to Virginia Woolf, "Specimen Days" gives props to Walt Whitman. Worthy individuals, but I found the plots implausible, especially in relation to the allegories set up by Cunningham.
Perhaps I was too jittery after coming off of a good-book binge, but "Specimen Days" felt like jogging in wet cement. I got a workout, but it was exhausting.
1.5 out of 5.0 Belmont Cocktails.
Posted by Kristin at 7:45 PM