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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.
A stunning book, beautifully written, absolutely marvelous.
THE HOURS, Michael Cunningham's riff on Virginia Woolf's envelope-pushing novel MRS. DALLOWAY, is a pretty stunning piece of work in its own right.
I read this novel so quickly all in one day and I just felt tired afterward, I was drained of feeling.
I have already read a Woolf book but not Mrs. Dalloway. This book for me was saved by the fact that it was quite short and not boring. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by E. Shipp
This is an interesting story about three women im different points in time and at different stages in their life, and the knowledge they possess. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
So powerful- the way Cunningham weaves lives and time periods together. This book is truly a work of art and a masterpiece.Published 2 months ago by losleeper
Very good book. Easy to read, hard to put down. Much better than the movie. Good night Mrs. Dalloway. Where ever you are.Published 2 months ago by L.J.Williams
I really love the clarity of this book. It was so easy to read, and it all fits in the end.
The book begins with Clarissa, who is a lesbian,... Read more