Winner of the Pulitzer prize, the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and nominated for 9 Academy Awards, The Hours is now available on Unabridged CD. Passionate, profound, and deeply moving, The Hours tells the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, who one New York morning goes about planning a party in honor of a beloved friend; Laura Brown, who in a 1950s Los Angeles suburb slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family and home; and Virginia Woolf, recuperating with her husband in a London suburb and beginning to write Mrs. Dalloway. By the end of the novel, the stories have intertwined, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace, demonstrating Michael Cunningham's deep empathy for his characters as well as the extraordinary resonance of his language.
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"THE HOURS comprises the stories of three women--Clarissa Vaughan, who is planning a party for a dying friend in the New York of today; Laura Brown, a wife and mother who struggles with thoughts of suicide in 1950s Los Angeles; and the famed writer Virginia Woolf , who in 1930s England labors over the beginning of her novel MRS. DALLOWAY. Cunningham's care for the work he created is evident in his narration. As do many novelists who choose to narrate their own work, he emphasizes the perfection of the words at the expense of the narrative pace. It is a reading whose pauses and up-note sentence endings more resemble the rhythm and pace of a poetry reading than a novel reading. While one might occasionally wish for a professional narrator, hearing a book the way an author hears it is an interesting experience, particularly when it is such an interesting book. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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