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Hours, the (1998) [Novel]
by Michael Cunningham Rating: Weighted - 8.4 / Average - 8.4 of 10 (17 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 1 (show them) Review!

Summary :

In The Hours, Michael Cunningham draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters who are struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. The novel opens with an evocation of Woolf's last days before her suicide in 1941, and moves to the stories of two modern American women who are trying to make rewarding lives for themselves in spite of the demands of friends, lovers, and family. Clarissa Vaughan is a book editor who lives in present-day Greenwich Village; when we meet her, she is buying flowers to display at a party for her friend Richard, an ailing poet who has just won a major literary prize. Laura Brown is a housewife in postwar California who is bringing up her only son and looking for her true life outside of her stifling marriage. With rare ease and assurance, Cunningham makes the two women's lives converge with Virginia Woolf's in an unexpected and heart-breaking way during the party for Richard.

Original title: The Hours
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGay & Lesbian
FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaTwentieth Century
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsFootnote Fiction

This work is an imitation of the following works :
     Mrs. Dalloway (1925) [Novel]
      Author: Virginia Woolf


  • Dedication: "This book is for Ken Corbett"


Edition #1: Hours, the

Hours, the (1998)
Awards: PEN/Faulkner Award (1999), Pulitzer Prize: Fiction (1999), Ferro-Grumley Award (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A smashing literary tour de force and an utterly invigorating reading experience. If this book does not make you jump up from the sofa, looking at life and literature in new ways, check to see if you have a pulse." Ann Prichard, USA Today
  • "The Hours is in fact a lovely triumph. Cunningham honors both Mrs. Dalloway and its creator with unerring sensitivity, thanks to his modesty of intention and his sovereignly affecting prose.... With his elliptical evocation of Mrs. Dalloway, he has managed to pay great but quiet tribute—reminding us of the gorgeous, ferocious beauty of what endures." Gail Caldwell, The Boston Globe
  • "In his smart and playful new novel, Michael Cunningham has revisited, and masterfully reinvented, Virignia Woolf's great—and greatest—novel, Mrs. Dalloway.... The triumph of The Hours is that it somehow manages to be both artufl and sincere, striking nary a flase note.... And the triumph of the book is no less the triumph of its author. Just when it seemed that it was no longer permissible to pay respect to the literature of the past, Cunningham has done so with an undeniable skill and depth of feeling." Justin Cronin, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "Cunningham writes beautifully about relationships, living and dying, and love... it's hard not to audibly gasp with both pleasure and shock." Detroit Free Press
  • "Luxurious.... The Hours tells three interwoven stoires; Woolf's novel echoes through all of them in interesting and uncanny ways.... Cunningham writes with an empathy that approaches Woolf's." Lisa Cohen, Newsday
  • "The Hours is one of the most ambitious, tightly conceived, and beautifully written of this season's fiction offerings.... Cunningham has written lyrically, and has inhabited Woolf's prose magnificently." Amy Blair, The Boston Book Review
  • "Cunningham dazzles in his inspired novel, The Hours." Vanity Fair
  • "[A] fine novel... bringing to light the buried connection his three characters share, capturing in each the illuminating and transforming moment." Dallas Morning News
  • "[The Hours] is both a clever tribute to the life and work of Virginia Woolf, and a brilliant examination of the quietly desperate lives of three women." Seattle Times
  • "His language is always on key, unfailing and measured, rich without sating, and haunting in the way Woolf's is. It is resonant with the suggestiveness of suppressed desires and unexpressed needs." Alyce Miller, Chicago Tribune
  • "Intricate... richly imagined... a profoundly compassionate meditation on life and death." Elle
  • "What, [Cunningham] essentially asks in The Hours, is it like to grow up and older, to succeed and fail, to have friends and lovers and children and parents who delight and disappoint, provide joy and sorrow?" Charles Ganee, Vogue
  • "[An] ambitious and largely successful attempt to weave the life and sensibility of Virginia Woolf into a story of his own characters." New York
  • "[A] brilliant tour de force... His ending is surprisng and stunning. This is a skillfully wrought novel thoroughly imbued with the spirit of Virginia Woolf and crafted in keeping with her rare excellence." The Miami Herald
  • "Brilliant... haunting—winding skeins of words that, as they unspool, render vividly the three heroines' complex interior lives." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • "Rich and beautifully nuanced scenes follow one upon the other... [a] gargantuan accomplishment." Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)
  • "[A] remarkable new novel... A concise, brilliant rendering of three eras." Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • "Clever and beautifully rendered.... In meshing the women's inner lives with Woolf's insights and themes, Cunningham creates a richly layered whole that suggests what we can reasonably ask of life." The Roanoke Times
  • "Cunningham here undertakes perhaps one of the most daunting literary projects imaginable.... Cunningham's portrait of Woolf is heartbreaking.... With The Hours, Cunningham has done the impossible: he has taken a canonical work of literature and, in reworking it, made it his own." Yale Book Review
  • "A novel so mesmerizing and true that it echoes not only in the mind bu also in the heart long after it has had its final say.... Triumphant... In paying homage to one visionary writer, Cunningham has proved himself to be another." New York Daily News
  • "Brilliant... It's the work of a talented writer taking an adventurous plunge below the obvious surface of things. The Hours has the heft of flesh and blood, the subtlety of art." The Hartford Courant
  • "At its best, and that is a lyrical, crystalline best, The Hours embodies a balance between lethal, life-changing vision and the daily, mundane work of caring, writing, and actually changing one's world." City Pages
  • "An exquisitely written, kaledoscopic work that anchors a floating postmodern world on pre-modern caissons of love, grief, and transcendent longing." Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "[Cunningham] has deftly created something original, a trio of richly interwoven tales that alternate with one another chapter by chapter... his most mature and masterful work." Jameson Currier, The Washington Post Book World
  • "The overall impression is that of a delicate, triumphant glance, an aknowledgment of Woolf that takes her into Cunningham's own territory, a place of late-century danger but also of treasurable hours." Michael Wood, The New York Times Book Review
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Manifested in:

Hours, the (2000)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0312243022
Dimensions: 5.1 x 8.3 x 0.8 in
Pages: 240

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