The Hours – Michael Cunningham

The Hours is an excellent novel, about living and dealing with the everyday life. I really enjoyed this.

“What a thrill, what a shock, to be alive on a morning in June, prosperous, almost scandalously privileged, with a simple errand to run.”

The story follows three women – one being Virginia Woolf and the other two fictitious – each affected by suicide in some way within their lives. Cunningham winds the stories together masterfully and it’s no surprise he won the Pulitzer for this novel.

Similarly, the film adaptation is award winning, with 9 academy award nominations and Nicole Kidman winning the prize for Best Actress.

Synopsis

Drawing inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf, Michael Cunningham tells 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.

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

The Hours

My book #26 of 2018

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

PUBLISHED: 1998

GENRE: Literary

PAGES: 230

AWARDS: Pulitzer Prize Winner 1999

NEXT UP: Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

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