The Hours - (Picador Modern Classics) by Michael Cunningham (Hardcover)
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"About the Book ""In The Hours, Michael Cunningham, widely praised as one of the most gifted writers of his generation, draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. The narrative of Woolf's last days before her suicide early in World War II counterpoints the fictional stories of Samuel, a famous poet whose life has been shadowed by his talented and troubled mother, and his lifelong friend Clarissa, who strives to forge a balanced and rewarding life in spite of the demands of friends, lovers, and family.""-- Book Synopsis The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that became a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare. In The Hours, Michael Cunningham, widely praised as one of the most gifted writers of his generation, draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. The narrative of Woolf's last days before her suicide early in World War II counterpoints the fictional stories of Samuel, a famous poet whose life has been shadowed by his talented and troubled mother, and his lifelong friend Clarissa, who strives to forge a balanced and rewarding life in spite of the demands of friends, lovers, and family. Passionate, profound, and deeply moving, this is Cunningham's most remarkable achievement to date. Review Quotes ""The overall impression is that of a delicate, triumphant glance, an acknowledgement 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 ""An exquisitely written, kaleidoscopic 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, each of them entering the thoughts of a character as she moves through the small details of a day . . . Cunningham's emulation of such a revered writer as Woolf is courageous, and this is his most mature and masterful work."" --Jameson Currier, The Washington Post Book World ""Rich and beautifully nuanced scenes follow one upon the other . . . [a] gargantuan accomplishment."" --Publishers Weekly (starred review) ""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 ""Cunningham has created something original, a trio of richly interwoven tales...his most mature and masterful work."" --The Washington Post Book World ""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, Virginia Woolf's great--and greatest--novel, Mrs. Dalloway . . . The triumph of The Hours is that it somehow manages to be both artful and sincere, striking nary a false 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 stories; 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 "

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