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The Hours

Cunningham, Michael (Book - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In a novel of love, family inheritance, and desperation, the author offers a fictional account of Virginia Woolf's last days and her friendship with a poet living in his mother's shadow.
Authors: Cunningham, Michael, 1952-
Title: The hours
Publisher: New York : Picador USA/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2002]
Characteristics: 229, [1] p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Cunningham
Summary: In a novel of love, family inheritance, and desperation, the author offers a fictional account of Virginia Woolf's last days and her friendship with a poet living in his mother's shadow.
Awards & Distinctions: "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize"--Cover
ISBN: 9780312243029
0312243022
9780374172893
0374172897
0312305060
Branch Call Number: FICTION CUNNINGHA 2002b
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-[230])
Subject Headings: Terminally ill Fiction New York (N.Y.) Fiction Man-woman relationships Fiction Women New York (State) New York Fiction Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 Influence Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Terminally ill
Man-woman relationships
Women
LCCN: 99041903
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In a novel of love, family inheritance, and desperation, the author offers a fictional account of Virginia Woolf's last days and her friendship with a poet living in his mother's shadow.

Taking place in a single day and weaving together stories of three different women in remarkable ways.

Taking place in a single day and weaving together stories of three different women in remarkable ways.

Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway is balanced with a woman living in the 1960s and a woman living in the 1980s. This books made me think about the way that a person's future is interconnected with the decisions one makes in the past. Every time I read it I discover something new.


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NYPL Staff Pick
Clarissa plans a party for her oldest friend who has just one a prestigious literary prize and is imminently dying of AIDS. Laura, a 1950s housewife, struggles against waves of panic and isolation. Virginia Wolfe works on Mrs. Dalloway and longs for escape -- possibly even only death will do it. This one is extraordinary.
- Lynn Lobash, Readers Service

Jun 22, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Michael Cunningham won the Pulitzer Prize for this masterpiece that weaves together the stories of three generations of women, each during a single day in her life, showing us how extraordinarily interconnected our seemingly ordinary lives are.

Feb 13, 2013
  • dead_bird_by_bird rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best and most clever books I have ever read.

Nov 11, 2012
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm not a big fan of Woolf, so this book was not to capture my interest; I realized, however, that this is my own failure and not a real mark of the quality of the book. Because it is indeed well written. There is a quiet power that weaves through the pages, deep emotions that lurk beneath the surface but pushed back. Convention, fear and ambiguity are all motivators that are not expressed but stifle the characters.
Despite myself, I was engrossed in Laura's despair and in Clarissa's need for order with Virginia's ghost in the background. The ending was no surprise to me, a neat way to explain the relationships, but an almost needless one because the lives of these women stand alone and are connected through time and emotion - that's the real strength of this book: the love of a rose for beauty, the rush of feeling, the unspoken hurt of love.

Jun 30, 2011
  • hermlou rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The book begins with the suicide of Virginia Woolf and doesn't get any more cheerful than that. Laura Brown is an unhappy mom who checks into a hotel and considers suicide. The book ends with a poet comitting suicide. Even though the book won a Pulitzer Prize, it seems dark and arty. The language is like a painting, but it describes artists, gays, lesbians, and suicidal thoughts.

Jun 28, 2011
  • Goober1950 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book to own

Mar 26, 2011
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i had previously seen and enjoyed the movie version, but the book proved to be even better. Such pretty prose; strangely uplifting even though the subject matter is so dark.

Nov 03, 2010
  • 21221012271000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The novel is a story of three women.

1. Clarissa gives a party for her (long ago) dead partner.
2. Laura is the mother of the dead man, who ahe has abandoned long time ago.
3. Virginia Woolf, who drowns herself, although was living with her caring husband and son.

the story intertwines the lives of the three women who are from different generations.

Splendid narration it is.

Aug 09, 2010
  • kaszelong rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful book, highly recommended.

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