Monday, 19 December 2011

A Listening Thing by William Michaelian



“All night, into the morning and here it is one o’clock in the afternoon and I’m still sitting here in my underwear, bleary eyed in quiet awe of this book.”

This book is William Michaelian’s powerful first novel, A Listening Thing. In it, Stephen Monroe, a romantic misfit and underground man, is no one’s hero. But his intensely personal narrative rings true on a vast social scale, and his quiet life of desperation is a clear indictment of a culture that has lost its way. Noted for its dignity and humor, A Listening Thing does more than shed light on our human predicament. It goes to the heart of love and teaches us how to live.

The text in this special edition is identical to that published online by the author in 2003 after it was examined and corrected. It replaces the unauthorized version distributed to the book trade in bound un- corrected galley proofs in 2002, which were later sold online at collectible prices. Extra materials from the original unpublished and online editions of the novel are included for the record. The author’s Preface, Afterword, and revealing in-depth Interview are new, and here published for the first time. Extra materials from the original unpublished and online editions of the novel are included for the record. The author’s Preface, Afterword, and in-depth Interview are new, and here published for the first time.



A Listening Thing by William Michaelian







21 comments:

Jan said...

Isn't it a great read, Laura! I have this book also, and I feel that William should write a sequel...a bunch of them :) My daughter borrowed my copy, and stayed up all night and the next day until she finished it! William is one of the best writers in "my book"...

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

Hi Jan! So nice to see you! Yes you are so right, it would be nice if William would write a sequel... I can imagine your Daughter by read this book all night long.. Beautifull! This is really beautifull-)) thank you and great hug!! See you

Eyeliquor said...

Hi Laura!
Nice post!
Cool shots :)

these temporal rooms said...

Laura - i am on my second read of
"A listening Thing".
William's book is as special and wonderful as the man himself.
i am happy you have it.

~robert

roberto said...

Hola Laura!!!!
vine exclusivamente para desearte mucha felicidad en estas fiestas!!!!!
Buon Natale, vi auguro tanta felicità al tuo cuore!

Remei said...

Gracias, lo leeré!
Me fascina leer!!!

ADRIAN said...

Thanks for this I'll get a copy. It's a bit cool to be lazing about in night clothes but I'll do my best. Merry Christmas.

Bitch said...

Dear Laura!
Whatever William is writing.. a book, a novel or a poem
comes with his soul. Even a line is standing there and
let us speechless..
I have this copy also and was amazed, how quickly it came
all the way from America to my place in Greece.

Hugs to you, dear friend
Monika

camino roque said...

por eso tus retratos tienen los ojos tan grandes... tú los llevas

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

--- Eyeliquor
Thank you!


--- these temporal rooms
Hi dear Robert! Yes it's true, this a book to read and read and read.. really true
Thank you


--- roberto
Ola Roberto, te lo desejo para ti tambien, gracias!


--- Remei
Gracias!


--- ADRIAN
:-) Thank you Adrian for comming, the book it's worth!
see you


--- Bitch
Hi dear Monika! Yes by me was very fast too the shipping!
The book is great I agree with you Monika!
Big kiss
see you


--- camino roque
hehehhehe sim é verdade... gracias por tu visita!

Magia da Inês said...

Bom dia!!!!
Beijinhos.
Brasil

……………¨♥*✫♥,
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…….♥*……………. __/\__
…….*♥…………… ..*-:¦:-*
…¸.•✫……FESTAS FELIZES !!!!

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

--- Magia da Inês
ola muito obrigado! Para ti tambiem!!

Two Tigers said...

It makes me happy to think that William's book is in your home, dear Laura. It is just one more way that we who are only in contact through Blogger can make a more intimate connection. All the best to you!

Denise Scaramai said...

Che delizia, di descrizione, Laura!
.... dispiace che il mio inglese è ancora molto scarsa!

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

--- Two Tigers
yes is so true Gabriella :-) and so nice too
thank you!!

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

--- Denise Scaramai
grazie Denise!

Bob Bushell said...

I'd love to read or spoken too, does it come by spoken word?

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

Bob Bushell

:-) Thank you Bob!

Momo Luna said...

Great photo's Laura. I also love the books of William a lot. I often read them before going to sleep which isn't wise because i can't stop reading and mostly going to sleep too late. LOL

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

Momo Luna

yes it's true my dear Monica!

Early said...

Dear Laura! Whatever William is writing.. a book, a novel or a poem comes with his soul. Even a line is standing there and let us speechless.. I have this copy also and was amazed, how quickly it came all the way from America to my place in Greece. Hugs to you, dear friend Monika