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The Hours characters Õ 105 Ã In 1920s London Virginia Woolf is fighting against her rebellious spirit as she attempts to make a start on her new novel A young wife and mother broiling in a suburb of 1940s Los Angeles yearns to escape and read her precious copy of Mrs Dalloway And Clarissa Vaughan steps out of her smart Greenwich village apartment in 1990In 1920s London Virginia Woolf is fighting against her rebellious spirit as she attempts to make a start on her new novel A young wife and mother broiling in a suburb of 1940s Los Angeles yearns to escape and. The film has always put me off reading the book In particular Nicole Kidman's tawdry depiction of Virginia Woolf as some kind of demented bag lady Surely the most unflattering cinematic portrait of any famous writer ever So the first pleasant surprise of this novel was that far from being some kind of overly simplistic and dismissive view of Woolf as the film veered close to at times it's actually a glowing tribute to her work and to her as a troubled soul However it doesn't begin on a good note To go inside Woolf's head as she kills herself came across as nothing than a literary publicity stunt of misguided hubris Not once I'm afraid did I believe in Cunningham's vision of her final moments of life And it added nothing to the novel and could easily have been and perhaps should have been excised Especially because her suicide comes up often in the text Sometimes despite what it says in writing manuals telling is effective than showing But what soon began to win me over was Cunningham's fabulous prose His exciting way of putting things Of making me see the familiar in a slightly skewed and illuminating way Essentially The Hours is an inventive improvisation on the themes of Woolf's Mrs Dalloway It's perhaps a bit top heavy on same sex relationships with the largely unfounded implication that Woolf herself was that way inclined is it so hard to accept a person might perhaps simply possess no strong sexual impulse instead of always reading repression into inactivity My feeling about her is she did exactly what she needed to do to write what she did And to impose any kind of secret wish list on her is not only errant but also condescending Socially she was a flirt It was how she both dramatized and defended herself If she gave Vita the come on it was done one feels with a pinch of salt not from unowned depths of her being But overall surprised by how much I loved this 45 stars

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Read her precious copy of Mrs Dalloway And Clarissa Vaughan steps out of her smart Greenwich village apartment in 1990s New York to buy flowers for a party she is hosting for a dying friendThe Hours recasts. “We want so much don’t we”“The Hours” is one of the best books I have read this year It is astounding I was drawn in from the first page; the writing is just beautiful proseThe setup of the novel is that we drop into the lives of 3 woman Virginia Woolf while she is beginning to write her novel “Mrs Dalloway” in 1923 Laura Brown a housewife reading “Mrs Dalloway” in LA in 1949 and Clarissa a woman who seems to be a real life Mrs Dalloway in current NYC Although this premise is intriguing it pales in comparison to what the author Michael Cunningham does with it Interesting side note the ever shifting point of view in this text is not limited to these three characters We get into the heads of uite a few people in this book and Cunningham does this at times when the novel needs that shift in perspective It is a wonderful technical achievementIn one early chapter Cunningham writes about a mother’s resentment and uncontrollable love for her child and it is insanely good How does a writer capture that massive and true contradiction so well and in a manner that conveys to the reader the great human truth of that momentThe closing pages of this novel are stellar writing have I mentioned how well written this text is The writing in “The Hours” is the kind that makes you love the fact that you are a reader and get to experience itThis uick read is worth your time It is literary fiction of the highest order but also a story with great depth and human beauty to it Really when it is all said and done this text is a celebration of life the good and ill which the final pages of the novel make abundantly clear“Heaven only knows why we love it so”

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The HoursThe classic story of Woolf's Mrs Dalloway in a startling new light Moving effortlessly across the decades and between England and America this exuisite novel intertwines the worlds of three unforgettable wome. I don't have much to say about this The words refuse to dislodge from the cobwebs of my mind I love this book