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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    Not worthy of a Pulitzer

    The author's writing style is simple and easy to read which is the only positive thing I can say. I appreciated the writing style but could not grow to care for the characters. I usually enjoy gloomy storylines because a depressive mood is real to most people. I don't expect a happy ending or a moral lesson in every book I read. However, the author did not do a good job in getting the reader to care for the characters. This was a story that had potential but did not deliver.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2006

    The Hours Wasted While Reading The Hours

    Although The Hours by Michael Cunningham won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999, the book did not live up to the positive reviews. The Hours takes place in three different times periods, in three different countries, with three different ladies. The book is based on the normal life and daily responsibilities of Mrs. Woolf, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Vaughan. Virginia Woolf lives in England in the early 1900s Laura Brown lives in Los Angeles in the late 1900s and, Clarissa Vaughan lives in New York at the end of the 1900s. The chapters switch characters every time, so it is difficult to distinguish one story from another. The women¿s lives in the book are morbid and depressing. Each of the three main characters is depressed for a different reason and they are all contemplating suicide. Mrs. Brown desperately needs a break, so she rents a hotel room for a few hours. While in the hotel room, she thinks, ¿It is possible to die¿I could decide to die¿It could, she thinks, be deeply comforting it might feel so free: to simply go away¿ It would be simple as checking into a hotel. It would be as simple as that.¿ Later in the book, Mrs. Woolf is trying to decide how Mrs. Dalloway, the character in her book, will die. ¿Mrs. Dalloway, she thinks, is a house on a hill where a party is about to begin death is the city below, which Mrs. Dalloway loves and fears and which she wants, in some way, to walk into so deeply she will never find her way back again.¿ Mrs. Woolf is speaking for herself, but instead of saying it directly, she has her character say it for her. The book also deals with homosexuality. The majority of the characters (main and supporting) are gay or lesbian. It is one of the main features of the book. ¿Sally (Clarissa¿s lesbian lover) and Clarissa are not stingy with their affections, and that of course is good¿¿ another passage that demonstrates homosexuality is, ¿Virginia leans forward and kisses Vanessa on the mouth. It is an innocent kiss¿ but just now¿ it feels like the most delicious and forbidden of pleasures. Vanessa returns the kiss.¿ This passage was one of the weirdest because not only are the two women kissing, but they are also sisters. All three main characters have struggles: Mrs. Wolf is trying to write a novel while depressed Mrs. Brown is trying to get ready for her husband¿s birthday dinner while her friend is in the hospital with an unknown growth and, Mrs. Vaughan is also getting ready for a dinner party for her friend and former lover, who is struggling with AIDS. I did not enjoy reading The Hours because the depressing tone of the book upset me emotionally while reading it and the feeling lasted after putting it down and having three main characters and settings confused me so that I wasn¿t sure in the end which character had done what. Overall, I wouldn¿t recommend The Hours, especially for those who are already depressed before reading it. Looking back, I¿ve decided that I could¿ve used my hours reading The Hours better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004


    I must agree with the previous two reviewers about being bored with this book. The Pulitzer Prize for this? Why? No doubt he can use the language well but I read books because I like to be engaged in reading, not hoping it will end soon. Maybe the Pulitzer Board were lovers of Virginia Woolf that year. This is one of the rare instances in which the movie was better than the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2003

    Don't bother...

    This book was truly a waste of time. I had hoped that it would pick up or surprise me at the end by becoming a great novel, but I have forgotten it and steer others away from buying it. I can't imagine how or why it was worthy of the Pulitzer Prize! I also can't imagine why someone thought it was a good idea to make a movie based on this book. Pick another book to spend your money on.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    Bored me to tears

    Maybe it's just me, but this book bored me to tears. Sure, Cunningham can turn a phrase, but well crafted sentences, no matter how numerous, do not always add up to a well constructed book. I tried hard to care about the characters, I tried hard to enjoy what I was reading, but I just couldn't. There was nothing for me to sink my teeth into. This is a highly forgetable book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2003

    Blah, Blah, Blah...

    I myself think that Virgina Woolf was a flat-out fabulous woman, but I was never one for the whole-novel-written-about-one-day thing. This book sat in my purse forever - it was such a burden to read. Honestly, an entire chapter was spent as Clarissa put flowers in water. To much of a good thing IS a bad thing!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    The story never went anywhere

    Maybe I'm just not as sensitive to the subtle connections within this book as I should be. I found this book to be beautifully written but boring and not worthy of a pulitzer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003


    This was a disappointing read for me. The story was slow and tedious. Michael Cunnigham's writing style varied; at times it was poignant and descriptive, but mostly it was verbose and pretentious. Overall, I couldn't shake the feeling of disbelief that THIS book won the Pulitizer Prize. I hope the movie version is better....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2001

    Totally Boring

    This book was extremely boring and not worth the money spent or the time reading it. The entire plot takes place in one day and is an account of dull events except for one which is hardly worth anything. The book is about three women: the writer, the reader, and the character in the writer's book. I have NO clue as to why this book was chosen for the Pulitzer. At the end, I was left feeling cheated out of a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2000


    Reading The Hours was drudgery. As I waded through The Hours, I glanced longingly at my stack of new books waiting to be read. It took all the control I could muster, not to put this aside and start something more interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2000

    snoring through The Hours

    Aside from the hauntingly hypnotic Prologue, The Hours was a tedious journey into the self-indulgent, dull lives of at least two of the main characters---where a chair is never just a chair but becomes the the catalyst and hyper-focus of a limping attempt at stream of consciousness. That it is 'clever' to tie three different women from diverse timescapes into the world of Mrs. Dalloway should not, however, compensate for the utter lack of beauty, tension, and, may I suggest, wit which could assist those readers less familiar or fond of Virginia Woolf's work.

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