The Hours: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 9, 2002 - Fiction - 229 pages
248 Reviews
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel becomes a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare

The Hours tells the story of three women: Virginia Woolf, beginning to write Mrs. Dalloway as she recuperates in a London suburb with her husband in 1923; Clarissa Vaughan, beloved friend of an acclaimed poet dying from AIDS, who in modern-day New York is planning a party in his honor; and Laura Brown, in a 1949 Los Angeles suburb, who slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family and home. By the end of the novel, these three stories intertwine in remarkable ways, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace. The Hours is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  

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Amazing insights into women's minds. - LibraryThing
The plot was slow and unfulfilling. - LibraryThing
In terms of a parody - unquestionably a good one. - LibraryThing
The ending was surprising, yet fitting. - LibraryThing
Woolf just commences writing Mrs. Dalloway. - LibraryThing
The ending was just the icing on the cake. - LibraryThing

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I enjoyed the first chapter, and paragraphs here and there throughout the rest of the book. But most of it felt like reading a high school English class assignment: write a story in the style of _____ ... Read full review

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User Review  - drrtydenimdiva - LibraryThing

I feel like I missed out because I've never read Mrs. Dalloway. And this book obviously has so much Woolf influence that I kinda feel weird reading it and not really knowing anything about  Woolf's ... Read full review

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Contents

Mrs Dalloway
Mrs Woolf
19
Mrs Brown
37
Mrs Dalloway
49
Mrs Woolf
69
Mrs Brown
75
Mrs Woolf
81
Mrs Dalloway
89
Mrs Woolf
153
Mrs Dalloway
155
Mrs Woolf
163
Mrs Dalloway
173
Mrs Brown
187
Mrs Dalloway
195
Mrs Brown
205
Mrs Woolf
209

Mrs Brown
99
Mrs Woolf
113
Mrs Dalloway
123
Mrs Brown
141
Mrs Brown
213
Mrs Dalloway
217
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About the author (2002)

Michael Cunningham was raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. He is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World (Picador) and Flesh and Blood. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and Best American Short Stories, and he is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award. The Hours was a New York Times Bestseller, and was chosen as a Best Book of 1998 by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly.

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