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The Hours - Michael Cunningham
The Hours
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Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer and Pen/Faulkner prizes, The Hours is a daring and deeply affecting novel inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf. A passionate, profound and haunting story of love and inheritance, hope and despair. Exiled in Richmond in the 1920s, taken from her beloved... show more
Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer and Pen/Faulkner prizes, The Hours is a daring and deeply affecting novel inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf. A passionate, profound and haunting story of love and inheritance, hope and despair. Exiled in Richmond in the 1920s, taken from her beloved Bloomsbury and lovingly watched over by her husband Leonard, Virginia Woolf struggles to tame her rebellious mind and make a start on her new novel. In the brooding heat of 1940s Los Angeles, a young wife and mother yearns to escape the claustrophobia of suburban domesticity and read her precious copy of Mrs Dalloway. And in New York in the 1990s, Clarissa Vaughan steps out of her smart Greenwich Village apartment and goes shopping for flowers for the party she is giving in honour of her life-long friend Richard, an award-winning poet whose mind and body are being ravaged by AIDS. These are the characters in Michael Cunningham's exquisite and deeply moving new novel, which takes Woolf's life and work as inspiration for a meditation on artistic behaviour, failure, love and madness. Moving effortlessy across the decades and between England and America, Cunningham's elegant, haunting prose explores the pain and trauma of creativity and the immutable relationship between writer and reader.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781841150352 (1841150355)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 230
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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