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The Hours

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Hours
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Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, c1998
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 22 cm.


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Nov 13, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The author brings with rare ease and assurance a convergence between Virginia Woolf’s writing of Mrs. Dalloway and the lives of two American women. He is empathetic and lyrically watchful in his report on late twentieth century life with all its conflicting emotional claims.

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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.

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