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The Hours

Cunningham, Michael, 1952- (Book - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Baker & Taylor
A novel of three women whose lives become intertwined during the 1950s spans the nation, from New York to Los Angeles, and follows them to a haunting and surprising conclusion. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave
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.


Holtzbrinck
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.
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.


Baker
& Taylor

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-
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Cunningham
Title: The hours
Publisher: New York : Picador USA : Distributed by Holtzbrinck Publishers, [2002]
Characteristics: 229, [1] p. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-[230])
Subject Headings: Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 Influence Fiction Women New York (State) New York Fiction Man-woman relationships Fiction New York (N.Y.) Fiction Terminally ill Fiction
Topical Term: Women
Man-woman relationships
Terminally ill
LCCN: 99041903
ISBN: 0312243022
9780312243029
0374172897
9780374172893
0312305060
Branch Call Number: FIC C
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List - The Leftovers by: NYPLRecommends Jul 29, 2014

Three generations of women affected by a the Virginia Woolf novel Mrs. Dalloway.

Comment by: NYPLRecommends Jul 28, 2014

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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 d... Read More »


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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.

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

Beautiful book, highly recommended.

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