Monday, July 6, 2009

The Hours, by Michael Cunningham

This book was referenced in the previous post. I found a lot of meaning in the book and enjoyed the way it mixed past with present. I have friends who do not like the amount of material "borrowed" from Virginia Wolfe's "Mrs. Dalloway" but I found I could live with that. The portion I quote from in my previous post can be found in the paperback version illustrated, on pages 217 and 218. Perhaps you saw the movie with Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore.Posted by Picasa


  1. I read that book several years ago and really enjoyed it. I didn't mind the "borrowing" either - I found it was written extremely well, and I came to care a great deal for the characters. That to me is always a sign of a good book!

  2. I had the pleasure of attending the Napa Valley Writers Conference in 1998, and was led by Michael Cunningham for a week in a fiction workshop. The following year he won the Pulitzer for "The Hours", an exquisitely written novel.

    I hope I learned something from him, if nothing else, to be cheerful and interested in others.

  3. Julie: Let me know what you think once you read it. I've read it at least 3 times, maybe 4 and find something new and exciting in it with each read.

    Audrey: I so agree. It is hard to stick with a book that does not have a character, issue, plot or style that matters to us. Really helps to be intrigued by the characters. Thanks for commenting.

    Iscollison: Thank you for your comment. What a great experience. Nice to hear that an author whose work we admire is also a nice person. I find he really examines existential issues which matter to me in his novels. I read your "about me" section in your blog - are you still skydiving? Do you blog about wine? I'll be checking in to find out. :)


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