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The Hours by Michael Cunningham
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bookshelves: contemporaryfiction, prize-winners, historical-fiction
Read in February, 2004

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.
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Jason lovely short rec... how did it compare to the movie? did i totally destroy my changes of liking this one since watching the movie first?


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