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Die Stunden ist eine Hommage an Virginia Woolf und zugleich ein sehr eigenständiges Werk. Während Michael Cunningham sein literarisches Idol zu neuem Leben erweckt, verflechtet er ihre Geschichte mit denen von zwei weiteren, eher zeitgenössischen Frauen. Eines grauen Morgens im Jahre 1923, in einem Vorort von London, erwacht Woolf von einem Traum, der bald zu ihrem Roman M ...more
Broschiert, 222 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by btb Verlag (first published 1998)
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Jennifer Ochoa I had not read Mrs. Dalloway when I first read The Hours and it was instantly one of the best novels I've ever read. It might enhance your…moreI had not read Mrs. Dalloway when I first read The Hours and it was instantly one of the best novels I've ever read. It might enhance your appreciation to recognize the parallels, but the novel stands alone so well that even knowing Mrs. Dalloway exists would not be necessary. I too loved the film version because it captured the feel of the novel well. Go, go read it now! :-D(less)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Aug 21, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-to-film
”We throw our parties; we struggle to write books that do not change the world, despite our gifts and our unstinting efforts, our most extravagant hopes. We live our lives, do whatever we do, and then we sleep--it’s as simple and ordinary as that. A few jump out of windows or drown themselves or take pills; more die by accident; and most of us, the vast majority, are slowly devoured by some disease or, if we’ve very fortunate, by time itself.”

It’s about the hours right? Those few precious hours
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Sammy
May 29, 2007 Sammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-the-okay
Okay, let's be honest, the only reason this book isn't getting a D is because the language was very beautiful... most of the time. It was beautiful when it wasn't beating me over the head with the whole, "Look how eloquently I can write and use big words and sound smart! Don't you feel smart just reading it? Oh, wait... you just feel stupid, huh?" Which, honestly, wasn't that much, but it was enough to annoy me.

The problem I had with the whole story was that I could not find sympathy in any of t
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Richard Derus
May 18, 2012 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Circle Reads 20

Rating: 4.75* of five

The Book Report: Three women mirror the facets of the life of Clarissa Dalloway, heroine of the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. One life is Mrs. Woolf herself, shown in the depths of despair as she convalesces from one of her crippling bouts with depression in the suburban aridity of Richmond while pining for life in London's Bloomsbury, writing her novel of the exquisite nature of the quotidian. Another is the life of Mrs. Laura Brown, dying a mil
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Lotte
4.5/5 stars! Such a clever book.
Saman Kashi
چند نفر از پنجره بیرون میپرند، یا خود را غرق میکنند، یا قرص میخورند؛ عدهی بیشتری بر اثر تصادف میمیرند؛ و اکثریت ما را رفته رفته یکی از دهها بیماری، یا اگر بخت یاری کند، خود زمان میبلعد. فقط این تسلای خاطر ناچیز هست: (ساعتی) اینجا و آنجا که زندگی ما ظاهراً، به رغم همهی غرابتها و آرزوها، به رویمان آغوش میگشاید و هر آنچه را که تصور کردهایم به ما میدهد، هر چند همه، جز کودکان ـ و شاید آنها نیز ـ میدانند که به ناگزیر (ساعات) دیگری در پی این (ساعات) است، (ساعاتی) تاریکتر و پیچیدهتر. با این حال شهر را و ...more
Aoibhínn
I gave the novel one star simply because Goodreads wouldn't let me give it zero! The book is about three self-absorbed, whiny and spoiled women, all from different eras, complaining and whining about their lives, even though, they essentially have it all (wealth, love, family, friends, etc). The book is vile. The characters are repulsive and the plot is tiresome. I keep asking myself how on earth did this novel win a Pulitzer Prize? There's a huge red sticker on the front of the cover, of the no ...more
Tea Jovanović
Prevod je nažalost ispao najveća bruka NK, ali nisam imala uticaja na izbor prevodioca... Preporuka: čitajte je isključivo u originalu dok se ne pojavi neki nov prevod na srpski... ili čitajte hrvatski prevod
Vitor Martins
É engraçado porque "As Horas" é uma história que eu sempre ouvi as pessoas comentando sobre (principalmente por causa do filme) e, ainda assim, eu não tinha a MENOR IDEIA do que ia encontrar quando comecei a ler.

Pra começar, eu não sabia que esse livro é GAY E SAPATÃO ALL OVER IT e quando as coisas iam acontecendo eu ficava tão envolvido que mesmo com a escrita um pouco densa e os parágrafos imensos, não dá vontade de parar de ler.

A narrativa desse livro é muito mais focada no fluxo de pensamen
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minervasowl
Mar 29, 2008 minervasowl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm a little ashamed to admit that I read this book because Oprah told me to.

Actually Oprah, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman told me to.

It must have been a Thursday or Friday afternoon because those were the days off the last time I had a job for which I worked weekends.

The episode with these three ladies was a little unconventional for Oprah. Rather than conducting an interview from her usual studio, she met them for tea in a fancy hotel. And it didn't so much seem like an interv
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Vanessa
Nov 01, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not entirely sure why I liked this novel as much as I did - plot-wise it's quite hard to sum up any more than what is already given in the blurb.

Cunningham portrays a day of the live in three very different but very connected women: Clarissa Vaughan, a middle-aged woman living in New York in the 1990s; Laura Brown, a young house-wife in 1940s Los Angeles; and Virginia Woolf herself in 1920s London, or thereabouts. Virginia Woolf has just begun writing Mrs Dalloway, Laura Brown is trying to f
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T4ncr3d1
"Non credo che due persone avrebbero potuto essere più felici di quanto siamo stati noi"

Scrivere una recensione, o anche uno straccio soltanto di commento su questo piccolo capolavoro è impresa quanto mai ardua ed impossibile. Potrei provarci e riprovarci: rimmarebbe sempre la sensazione di non aver reso per nulla la grandezza e la perfezione di questo gioiello della letteratura contemporanea. Allora potrei anche dire solo questo. Vi basti questo: qualunque recensione non può nemmeno lontanament
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Holly
This book made me want to weep and to sing with joy.
Peter
When you read a book like The Hours, you have to decide whether you want to see it as a work in its own right or as an illumination of something else. In this case, The Hours can either be seen as a standalone novel telling the parallel stories of three women in three time periods or as a complementary text to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

I struggled with The Hours. (Full disclosure: I struggled with it mostly because I heard Michael Cunningham speak at a screening, and he was an arrogant, po
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 25, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
I saw the movie. I read Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway (2 stars) and finally read this book.

This is an easier read than Mrs. Dalloway because this uses contemporary English. Well, that thin book by Woolf was one of the first few classics that I had read upon joining Goodreads and I knew I must have missed somethings that was why I just found it okay (2 stars). I should read it again someday.

The movie stayed true to this book so it was not hard to imagine the scenes described in here even if I sa
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helen the bookowl
Nov 29, 2014 helen the bookowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no doubt that with this book, Michael Cunningham has done a beautiful job at interweaving the lives of Virginia Wolff, the author, and Clarissa Dalloway, one of his most famous fictional characters. I was constantly surprised when reading through the 180 pages because I kept finding relations and connections that I hadn't seen before. Even though I have watched the movie starring three of my favourite actresses, I think that the books gives you SO much more of an insight into these hidd ...more
Donna
BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! I loved loved LOVED this book! Every word, every page…. Fantastic writing, intricate structure, amazing insights. I have LOADS of passages earmarked. This is definitely a must-read-again (and again and again and again!). I *never* cry when I read books – this time I cried.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “It had seemed like the beginning of happiness, and Clarissa is still sometimes shocked, more than thirty years later, to realize that it was happiness; that the entire experien
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Jonathan

The Hours curiously begins with an ending. Yet, before that ending, one the first leaflet one can note a quote from Jorge Luis Borges poem 'The Other Tiger.' It is fascinating that Michael Cunningham chose to use such a quote, considering Borges' fascination with labyrinths and metalanguage. For Cunningham has, in essence, created a convoluted labyrinth purely out of metalanguage. A labyrinth that ends precisely where it begins as it weaves a path through history. Yet this labyrinth is also in s
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Chrissie
Nov 16, 2014 Chrissie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissie by: dely
What has happened to me? I started this book extremely annoyed and ended up liking it. Why? Why? Why? I don't quite know. I have to think........

By the book's end I know the central characters. Who are they? Let me start here. The book follows three women. First there is Virginia Woolf. She is recovering from headaches, terrible headaches. She is and was manic-depressive. The date of this thread is 1923 and Virginia is cared for, watched over or you might say even repressively ordered around by
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Madalena
Jun 06, 2009 Madalena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, american
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed that it was beautifully written, even if sometimes 'too' beautiful - the kind of writing that makes you stop reading and think about it. Anyway, I'm always pleased at words that sound good togther, that look nice together, and I think the author's consistently good at it.

Plot wise, I had seen the film before I read it, and although I didnt really remember much details, I think that helped me not getting confused about the characters, names, relationships, et
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Alice Poon
May 21, 2015 Alice Poon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Our lives are made up of years, of days, of hours. What happens around us on one particular day can make us take a blind, or even desperate, leap forward, or it can force us to look at life with patient gratitude. Each one of us would make different choices, according to our own personal system of values and beliefs, our sense of reasoning, our temperament and most importantly, our state of mind at the final hours of that particular day.

With lyrical prose, the author knits and weaves the events
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Celeste Corrêa
«As Horas» ( título original « The Hours» ) de Michael Cunningham
Prémio Pulitzer/1999
Prémio Pen-Faulkner/1999
Este livro foi-me oferecido por uma colega há vários anos. Trabalhava eu numa empresa de publicidade, no departamento de qualidade , constituido apenas por mulheres Por coincidência, faziamos todas ( com excepção de uma ) anos no mesmo dia; nos nossos aniversários, tinhamos o saudável hábito de oferecer-mos umas às outras livros, apenas livros.

Quando comecei a ler As Horas, o livro não m
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Giovanna
Dec 15, 2016 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“But there are still the hours, aren't there? One and then another, and you get through that one and then, my god, there's another.”

This. Oh my God, this.
I dare someone to tell me they never felt that.

RTC maybe. That quote explains so much imo.
Sarah
Aug 20, 2007 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this book, I loved it. But as I spent time thinking about it, I found myself liking the novel less and less. Finally I went back and re-read it, and on the second reading I truly disliked it. Partly, things that had seemed profound or beautiful looked much more flimsy on second glance...even trite, sometimes. Like a facade of depth, if that makes any sense. Which is not to say that Cunningham isn't completely sincere and genuine in his approach to his subject. Just that I'm not ...more
Martine
Feb 16, 2008 Martine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love an intense look at life
Several years ago I had the fortune of watching the film adaptation of The Hours, which quite blew me away. I'm not sure why it then took me so long to read the book on which the film was based, but I'm glad I did, as it's just beautiful.

The Hours is both a tribute to and an update of Virginia Woolf's 1920s classic Mrs Dalloway, in which Pulitzer-winning author Michael Cunningham tries to answer the question of how Woolf's characters would interact in a present-day setting. Short on action but
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Ana Ovejero
Jul 21, 2015 Ana Ovejero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Michael Cunningham's tribute to Virginia Woolf.

We have the lives of three women connected in a literary way: Virginia Woolf in her retreat away from London; Clarissa Daloway, an editor preparing a party for her birthday, and, finally, Mrs Brown, a housewife in the 50s living an unsuitable life for herself.

All of then are struggling with her own issues. Virginia is fighting with the fact that she is hearing voices again, writing Mrs Dalloway and trying to make her husband understand that
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David Lentz
Jun 19, 2011 David Lentz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The opening of this book is one of stunning and vivid artistry -- it's a most visually arresting first chapter. Like Moliere, Cunningham has a real talent for choosing the right words. Each word was carefully selected for its contribution to the work.The author obviously labored at this short novel. Cunningham properly gives credit to Jonathan Galassi as a "secular saint" who scores another popular, literary victory after "Charming Billy." But we almost expect work of this literary quality from ...more
Manny
Dec 06, 2008 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I saw the movie; then I read Mrs Dalloway; and finally I read the book. With this unusual order, I really liked it. But given that a lot of other reviewers seem dismissive, it's possible that Cunningham is getting a free ride from Virginia Woolf, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.

Whatever the truth of the matter, and despite the fact that I did it more or less by accident, I recommend the recipe!

LeAnne
A beautifully phrased novel about how awful it is to be a wife and mother, to be an ill adult residing in less than splendor, and to have once loved either of these two life-sucks-let's-die depressives. I do not care if it is lovely literature or not, angst after the age of 17 is self indulgent crap. I did not care about any of these characters one bit.
Pooja
Dec 04, 2016 Pooja marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I watched the movie of it and I was in shock for 1 week.

The cover, title everything says that I must expect from it something exceptional and melancholic.

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Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. His new novel, The Snow Queen, will be published in May of 2014. He lives in New York, and teaches at Yale University.
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“Dear Leonard. To look life in the face. Always to look life in the face and to know it for what it is. At last to know it. To love it for what it is, and then, to put it away. Leonard. Always the years between us. Always the years. Always the love. Always the hours.” 385 likes
“We throw our parties; we abandon our families to live alone in Canada; we struggle to write books that do not change the world, despite our gifts and our unstinting efforts, our most extravagant hopes. We live our lives, do whatever we do, and then we sleep. It's as simple and ordinary as that. A few jump out windows, or drown themselves, or take pills; more die by accident; and most of us are slowly devoured by some disease, or, if we're very fortunate, by time itself. There's just this for consolation: an hour here or there when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined, though everyone but children (and perhaps even they) know these hours will inevitably be followed by others, far darker and more difficult. Still, we cherish the city, the morning; we hope, more than anything, for more. Heaven only knows why we love it so...” 381 likes
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