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summary The Hours 108 Ç 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 1990s New York to buy flRead 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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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. “Still she loves the world for being rude and indestructible and she knows other people must love it too poor as well as rich though no one speaks specifically of the reasons Why else do we struggle to go on living no matter how compromised no matter how harmed”I’m actually uite glad that I didn’t have time to go to the movies in the early 2000s My first child was newly born and I was likely to be seen pacing a room with a cranky baby changing a diaper or passed out on the couch from exhaustion Hell I had even given up trying to read at that point in my life What I’m trying to say is that I somehow missed seeing the film adaptation of The Hours when it was released Therefore I went into this book with minimal knowledge of the plot It was an absolute joy to read this; Michael Cunningham swept me off my feet “She could she thinks have entered another world She could have had a life as potent and dangerous as literature itself”I loved everything about this book – truly every single thing First and foremost is the sublime prose The inter connectedness of the stories between three women Virginia Woolf Laura Brown and Clarissa Vaughan affectionately nicknamed Mrs Dalloway by a dear friend and across three timelines 1920s late 1940s and early 2000s is extremely effective There is an overwhelming feeling that despite where and when you are born our struggles are timeless and cross all boundaries Virginia Woolf and her book Mrs Dalloway provide the link between all three story lines I have in fact read this slim novel by Woolf It’s not necessary to have done so in order to appreciate The Hours The only advantage I had was understanding the relationship between Woolf’s characters and those of Cunningham However Cunningham seamlessly weaves the writing of the book Mrs Dalloway into the context of Mrs Woolf’s section of this novel in such a way that you will do just fine without that prior knowledge “ she is again possessed it seems to be getting worse by a dreamlike feeling as if she is standing in the wings about to go onstage and perform in a play for which she is not appropriately dressed and for which she has not adeuately rehearsed”I don’t know how so much depth was packed into little over 200 pages It’s pure genius I know these women intimately I shared their deepest sorrows and desperate longings I ‘get’ them This is not a cheery sort of book no We read about terminal disease depression and suicide There is the constant search for identity love and happiness Sometimes these things seem just out of reach Often they are impossible to hold onto when we are lucky enough to finally grasp them How does any one person make it through his or her day then What do we do with what we have Do we plow through and delight in those few moments that sustain us Do we take extreme action and do the unthinkable It’s remarkable really that we are still here and we still thrive Life is a gift If we hold those few extraordinary hours in a lifetime of ordinary days in our hands like a fragile bubble that could burst at any moment then we are doing our best aren’t weI’m not ready to return this book to my shelf yet I need it by my side right now to serve as a reminder when I have too much time on my hands to reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going It’s a punch in the gut and a divine blessing snugly wrapped up in one little package There is still that singular perfection and it’s perfect in part because it seemed at the time so clearly to promise Now she knows That was the moment right then There has been no other

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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