i kind of wonder what would have happened if this hadn't been my first cunningham. i didn't like any of his other books anywhere near as much (i full on hated Specimen Days
). but this, somehow, i think it has to do with the way he manages to write virginia in a way that seems pretty true, that won me over. also, the modern-day "mrs. dalloway" breaks my heart every time i read the damn thing.
i think i liked it so much because it was so ambitious, and i thought he pulled it off. i mean, to write virginia woolf as she's writing mrs. dalloway
, a woman in the 50s reading it, and a woman in modern day kind of living it - it's so . . . not what you would expect. i don't know. i thought it was brilliant at the time. i was sad they made it into a movie, but it turned out better than i thought, so. but really, this is his only book that i would recommend.