Shoshana, May 2, 2010 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Well-constructed and well-crafted, this is a highly engaging and poignant novel in three interwoven strands. These three stories of depression and suicidality are related by Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway--the writing of it, the reading of it, and the becoming of it--across the 20th century. This description doesn't do justice the the elegance and precision of the telling. Especially enjoyable for those familiar with Woolf's works and life.
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Rachel Coker, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by Rachel Coker)
One of the best books of the decade! Beautifully written, complex characters. Made me rethink my idea of happiness. It's possible that some seemingly ordinary day will, in fact, be one of the best times of your life.
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theflowers, January 15, 2008 (view all comments by theflowers)
Wow, is all I can say. It is an extremely well-crafted novel. (If at all interested in the motives of the writer, and a bit of insight into Cunningham's writing process, I recommend the interview Powell's conducted; the link is on the top of this page.)
Anyways - I picked up this book shortly after reading Mrs Dalloway, my first encounter with Virginia Woolf which completely blew me away. I was a bit timid, and afraid to pick up the legendary Woolf. Once I begun, though, I zipped through Mrs Dalloway, reluctant to ever put it down. Again, I digress, The Hours manages to intertwine thought and theme about Mrs Dalloway and Woolf's life using three stories of characters. We are introduced and brought into their lives, feeling their triflings and larger pains, and believe you me, you will be immersed fully in the lives of these characters. (I'm a high school student, and I finished the last chapter in my school's library, concurrently blocking out the chattering of my contemporaries. So enthralled in the storyline, was I, that by the time I closed the covers, I was in tears, smack in the middle of the library. It was great; really.)
Again, back to business, I do tend to leap into the asides - this book is a great read for anybody looking for a well-crafted, marvelously executed storyline; no knowledge of Virginia Woolf or Mrs Dalloway required!
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ridermae, November 20, 2006 (view all comments by ridermae)
The three stories braided so expertly in this book are rich in plot, imagistic, and absolutely gorgeous, worthy of being read aloud. An incredible book!
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The author of "At Home at the End of the World" and "Flesh and Blood" draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair.
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