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Snow Queen

Cunningham, Michael (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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A darkly luminous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours Michael Cunningham's luminous novel begins with a vision. It's November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn't believe in visions--or in God--but he can't deny what he's seen. At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett's older brother, a struggling musician, is trying--and failing--to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Tyler is determined to write a song that will be not merely a sentimental ballad but an enduring expression of love. Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion. Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers. Beth tries to face mortality with as much courage as she can summon. Cunningham follows the Meeks brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for transcendence. In subtle, lucid prose, he demonstrates a profound empathy for his conflicted characters and a singular understanding of what lies at the core of the human soul. The Snow Queen , beautiful and heartbreaking, comic and tragic, proves again that Cunningham is one of the great novelists of his generation.
Authors: Cunningham, Michael
Title: Snow queen
Publisher: [S.l.] : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014
Characteristics: p., cm.
Local Note: 1 6 15 16 17 18 24 29 35 53 60 74 76 97 109 112 118 133 138 143 148 152 153 167 172 173 175 182 193 198 203 210 211 216 222 224 226 228 242 243 244 245 250 262 264 268 276
ISBN: 9780374266325
0374266328
Subject Headings: Brothers Fiction. Cancer Patients Fiction. Drug addiction Fiction.
Topical Term: Brothers
Cancer
Drug addiction
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Jul 21, 2014
  • kakacurt rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Not quite to my taste

Jun 15, 2014
  • Michael Colford rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Michael Cunningham is a talented writer, and his prose is always a joy to read, but in his latest novel, The Snow Queen, I felt the story wasn't quite fully realized. There are some intriguing ideas -- around life, death, love, siblings, success, songwriting, caring -- but it's unclear what it all amounts to.

Still, despite a slow start, Cunningham's latest novel builds nicely and the threads do start to come together nicely in the last quarter of the book. Sadly, a Michael Cunningham novel only comes along once every few years, so it's disappointing when they don't all reach the heights that his previous work does. Definitely worth a read.

Jun 04, 2014
  • dollfacecrafter rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

absolutely could not get into this book

May 19, 2014
  • MARIA E WHELAN rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

While Cunningham's language flowed beautifully and the storyline was unique and realistic, I had a hard time connecting to the characters, I felt too removed as a reader from the content. It is a wonderful novel that just didn't reach me.

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