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The Hours Paperback – 1 Nov 1999


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Nachdr edition (1 November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841150355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841150352
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.5 x 12.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘“The Hours” is a book which heightens the perception of the reader. Cunningham’s craftsmanship is overwhelming.’ Robert Farren, Independent on Sunday

‘An extremely moving, original and memorable novel.’ Hermione Lee, TLS

‘Engrossing, imaginative and humane.’ Richard Francis, Observer

‘“The Hours” refracts the lives of three women through the prism of a single day. Michael Cunningham evokes these three discrete characters with rare skill.’ Financial Times

‘The concept behind the novel is bold, the execution rich with feeling.’ Helen Dunmore, The Times

‘A sensitive marriage of intelligence, integrity and finely textured emotions.’ Sunday Times

‘Cunningham has found an American tone which is exhilaratingly modern – tense, tender and completely without strain.’ Guardian

From the Back Cover

Exiled in Richmond in the 1920s, taken from her beloved Bloomsbury and lovingly watched over by her husband Leonard, Virginia Woolf struggles to tame her rebellious mind and make a start on her new novel. In the brooding heat of 1940s Los Angeles, a young wife and mother yearns to escape the claustrophobia of suburban domesticity and read her precious copy of Mrs Dalloway. And in New York in the 1990s, Clarissa Vaughan steps out of her smart Greenwich Village apartment and goes shopping for flowers for the party she is giving in honour of her life-long friend Richard, an award-winning poet whose mind and body are being ravaged by AIDS.

These are the characters in Michael Cunningham’s exquisite and deeply moving new novel, which takes Woolf’s life and work as inspiration for a meditation on artistic behaviour, failure, love and madness. Moving effortlessy across the decades and between England and America, Cunningham’s elegant, haunting prose explores the pain and trauma of creativity and the immutable relationship between writer and reader.


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