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The Hours - Michael Cunningham
The Hours
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A daring, deeply affecting third novel by the author of A Home at the End of the World and Flesh and Blood. In The Hours, Michael Cunningham, widely praised as one of the most gifted writers of his generation, draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group... show more
A daring, deeply affecting third novel by the author of A Home at the End of the World and Flesh and Blood. In The Hours, Michael Cunningham, widely praised as one of the most gifted writers of his generation, draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. The narrative of Woolf's last days before her suicide early in World War II counterpoints the fictional stories of Samuel, a famous poet whose life has been shadowed by his talented and troubled mother, and his lifelong friend Clarissa, who strives to forge a balanced and rewarding life in spite of the demands of friends, lovers, and family. Passionate, profound, and deeply moving, this is Cunningham's most remarkable achievement to date.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312243029 (0312243022)
ASIN: 312243022
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 226
Edition language: English
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Lydia's Page
Lydia's Page rated it
5.0
I'd like to thank the blizzard that kept me home with a pot of tea and this book today. It is so good. I have a preference for character-driven stories and intertwining narratives. This had both of those elements with the added bonus of peering into the inner lives of three women. Let me say it a...
Bookworm Blurbs
Bookworm Blurbs rated it
3.5 The Hours
Passionate, profound, and deeply moving, The Hours is the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, who one New York morning goes about planning a party in honor of a beloved friend; Laura Brown, who in a 1950s Los Angeles suburb slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family and home; and ...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
4.5 THE HOURS BY MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
”We throw our parties; we struggle to write books that do not change the world, despite our gifts and our unstinting efforts, our most extravagant hopes. We live our lives, do whatever we do, and then we sleep--it’s as simple and ordinary as that. A few jump out of windows or drown themselves or tak...
Momster Bookworm
Momster Bookworm rated it
4.0 The Hours
I was to read a Pulitzer-winning work for a book-reading challenge, and came across this: with three different story threads from different times and places. The author, Virginia Woolf, who is writing 'Mrs Dalloway' in a 1923 London suburb features in one of them, a reader who is reading the aforeti...
Kathryn Lively, Reader
Kathryn Lively, Reader rated it
4.0 The Hours
I tried to read The Hours once several years ago, perhaps just after the movie had come out. For some reason I put the book down and never revisited it until now. It's not an impossible book to read, and as I haven't read Mrs. Dalloway, the book with which this story is entwined, I can't confirm th...
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