n each section of Michael Cunningham's new book, we encounter the same group of characters: a young boy, an older man, and a young woman. 'In the Machine' is a ghost story which takes place at the height of the Industrial Revolution, as human beings ...
confront the alienated realities of the new machine age. 'The Children's Crusade,' set in the early twenty-first century, plays with the conventions of the noir thriller as it tracks the pursuit of a terrorist band which is detonating bombs seemingly at random around the city. The third part, 'Like Beauty,' evokes a New York 150 years into the future, when the city is all but overwhelmed by refugees from the first inhabited planet to be contacted by the people of Earth.
An absolutely wonderful series of novellas - the most affecting of Cunningham's works, combining the profound poetry of Whitman with beautiful, uncanny renderings of America during different time periods. Definitely worth a read!
This is the first of Cunningham's novels that I've read, and while genre fiction is not my usual preference, I enjoyed this novel thoroughly. I think "In the Machine" and "The Children's Crusade" were the strongest entries, though that may well be
..." because I'm not particularly a sci-fi fan (that being said, though, I still shed a tear at the end of the "Like Beauty"). The idea of Walt Whitman's poetry (among other things) connecting the three stories is a clever idea, though I feel the credulity of it was being pushed, especially in the final story. The writing was amazing though, and I wm willing to forgive so many things in lieu of good writing.Continua...Nascondi