A Wild Swan

And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham

  • Published: Aug 18, 2020

Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of The Hours A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan's... read more

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Details of A Wild Swan

Exact title of the book
A Wild Swan
Book author
Michael Cunningham
ISBN
9781427262219
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Nov 10, 2015
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of The Hours A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far awaythe mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonderare transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation. Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse.

The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother's basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.

Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this true. Program contains music composed specifically for the audiobook by Billy Hough and his bandmates in GarageDogs. Billy Hough says "The original piece 'A Wild Swan' was written as a gift to Michael, due to my incredibly strong reaction to hearing these beautiful stories for the first time.

I enlisted the brilliant Lili Taylor to alternate the stories with me, and wrote a series of short pieces of music, for their eventual inclusion on this album. I wanted to use the music to illustrate the tension between the ancient and the modern, much in the same way Michael has done in the stories themselves."

About author

Cunningham is the author of seven novels, including A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood,The Hours (winner of the PENFaulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as Land's End A Walk in Provincetown. He lives in New York. Yuko Shimizu is a Japanese illustrator based in New York, whose work has been featured in Time, Newsweek,The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

Her first self-titled monograph was released from Gestalten in 2011; her first children's book illustrations appeared in Barbed Wire Baseball, written by Marissa Moss. Shimizu teaches illustration at the School of Visual Arts.

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