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There's just this for consolation: an hour here or there when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined.... Still, we cherish the city, the morning; we hope, more than anything, for more.As Cunningham moves between the three women, his transitions are seamless. One early chapter ends with Woolf picking up her pen and composing her first sentence, "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself." The next begins with Laura rejoicing over that line and the fictional universe she is about to enter. Clarissa's day, on the other hand, is a mirror of Mrs. Dalloway's--with, however, an appropriate degree of modern beveling as Cunningham updates and elaborates his source of inspiration. Clarissa knows that her desire to give her friend the perfect party may seem trivial to many. Yet it seems better to her than shutting down in the face of disaster and despair. Like its literary inspiration, The Hours is a hymn to consciousness and the beauties and losses it perceives. It is also a reminder that, as Cunningham again and again makes us realize, art belongs to far more than just "the world of objects." --Kerry Fried --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
One of the best books all the time. Read the book several times. "A must" for readers of Virginia Woolf.Published 17 days ago by Kristýna Skovajsová
If you can get past the idea that life is futile, and if you like homosexuality, you'd probably like this book.Published 26 days ago by Dale Lund
Absolutely incredible book, this is one of the most thought provoking books I have ever read. If you feel stuck in life at any particular time of your being, this book will give... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ozzy
One of the best books I've ever read. It's beautifully written. Mr. Cunningham definitely deserved that Pulitzer price.Published 1 month ago by DustCarlos48
Good book. Connects the stories well. Enjoyable to read but it's better to read Mrs. Dalloway for at to understand.Published 1 month ago by Marta
English 4 / Period A
April 21, 2015
At the beginning of The Hours, by Michael Cunningham, I like this book because... Read more
Didn't care too much for it. Too confusing in the construction. It was hard to follow.Published 1 month ago by dale hudson
I can't relate to readers who found this difficult to follow or dense. It does help to have read some of Ms. Woolf, as the author is spot on with many phrasings and references. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ann M.