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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 I hesitated between 3 and 4 stars for this book It was beautifully written and has a somewhat unexpected and yet unsurprising ending The references to Virginia Woolf are omnipresent as she also comes to life under Cunningham's pen along with Mrs Brown and Mrs Dalloway Yes it did relight a flame in me to read the primary Woolf works Orlando Mrs Dalloway To The Lighthouse The Waves and reminded me of the one I did read A Room of One's Own but still something about it felt a little superficial Was it the length just 220 pages and the relative ease with which I read it less than 2 hours? Or perhaps the heavily laden sentences that perhaps dipped low towards being pretentious? No I have never seen the movie And yes perhaps I should But as a standalone novel I have a hard time understanding why this one was chosen for the Pulitzer in 1997 Not having read either of the runner ups Cloudsplitter by Russel Banks about abolitionist John Brown or The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver about the Belgian colonisation of the Congo both were far longer and of considerably depth in terms of historical scope from what I can tell And yet the Pulitzer committee settled on this short novel nearly a novella Well I am not sure that I would have been in agreement and perhaps need to read the other two finalists to base a consistent opinion Regardless I was not blown away by The Hours but perhaps will read Flesh and Blood by this author as suggested by another reviewer here on GR And perhaps the Kingsolver book as well

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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 Considering this is a novel which begins with a suicide and continues to develop the theme this is an incredibly uplifting novel a lyrical celebration of life in the moment It begins with the last half an hour of Virginia Woolf's life and she engaged in the writing of Mrs Dalloway will be the subject of one of the novel's three narratives each of which cover a single day in the characters' lives There's Clarissa who mirrors Mrs Dalloway in Woolf's book and shares her name who is organising a party for her friend a poet who is dying of AIDS and Mrs Brown a suburban housewife in the 1950s who can't find herself in the role of mother and wife What makes the novel such a delicious read is the beauty of the writing and the host of thrilling insights it provides

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The Hours doc ¼ Â mbjuk Ò 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 iIn 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