Comments: 4
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Great review. I absolutely loved this book when I first read it. Now my memory of it is mostly coloured by the film, which I also absolutely love.

In a way, tho, Mrs Dalloway was also fragmented in the way that Mrs D's thoughts jumped back and forth in time and with the intermittent jumps to Septimus' (?) perspective. Did The Hours strike you as more fragmented than that?
Burfobookalicious 5 years ago
I haven't seen the film, but based on the book I'd like to see it Given the focus on thoughts and emotions was it a major challenge to translate it to the screen? Perhaps depends on the characters and screenplay, but the cast does look good. I always think it's a bit of a quandary, if I see the movie/TV show first I'm always stuck with the screen character in my head (Morse will forever be John Thaw for me), but if I read the book first, then the actor is immediately benchmarked against my imagined character. Typically though it's hard to do justice to a good book.

I see what you mean about the fragmentation and I wouldn't want to be too harsh on Mr Cunningham, he keeps the three plates spinning very effectively, it's just the effort of keeping the disparate streams separated out until late on. In that sense his emulation of Woolf is perhaps the greatest flattery of all.

Mike Finn 5 years ago
I've assed this one by a few times, uncertain if it was just hype. I'm a fan of Woolf so I didn't want to see her mauled.

Your review hooked me with " cerebral on ndulgence". That sounds like celebratiing
Burfobookalicious 5 years ago
I have read some opinions that cast doubt on the award of the Pulitzer, but speak as one finds, for me it was a really enjoyable read. Shame it was over so quickly!