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Die Stunden: Roman by Michael Cunningham

Die Stunden: Roman (edition 2001)

by Michael Cunningham, Georg Schmidt (Übersetzer)

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Title:Die Stunden: Roman
Authors:Michael Cunningham
Other authors:Georg Schmidt (Übersetzer)
Info:btb Verlag (2001), Taschenbuch, 224 pages
Collections:Read 2012, Your library

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The Hours by Michael Cunningham

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    Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (twomoredays, TammyMarshall)
    twomoredays: If you don't read Mrs. Dalloway before The Hours, I suspect it wouldn't be nearly as fulfilling a reading experience.
    TammyMarshall: It gives you a much fuller appreciation of what Cunningham accomplished with his wonderful novel, "The Hours."
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    Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Cunningham is constantly referencing Prufrock. If you haven't read it, you should
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    Five Bells by Gail Jones (fountainoverflows)
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    Ohio Angels by Harriet Scott Chessman (Miels)
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    John Cheever: Collected Stories and Other Writings (Library of America, No. 188) by John Cheever (Cecilturtle)
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I love the movie The Hours. So when I found out it was based on this book, I had to read it. This is one of the few times that I think they did a great job adapting the book to the movie. I love the book, though. It has a lot more detail than the movie could ever have unless you constantly have the characters thoughts going. It explains a whole lot more about the characters and has so much more depth. This is an amazing book!

One thing that is much better about the book is how clear it is that Clarissa’s day mirror’s that of Mrs. Dalloway. I think I’m going to read that at some point seeing how I have a basic idea of how it goes. Even though I know the movie, I was still surprised by what happens. Maybe not surprised, but stunned by what happens. He does such an amazing job of weaving these three womens’ lives together. It’s no wonder he won the Pulitzer Prize. ( )
  pirogoeth | Jul 11, 2017 |
Another book rec'd to me by my friend James (alongside [b:Gertrude|34352|Gertrude|Hermann Hesse|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312004459s/34352.jpg|21561503], [b:Academy Street|22841065|Academy Street|Mary Costello|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1406685633s/22841065.jpg|42398227], and the short stories of [a:Maeve Brennan|172661|Maeve Brennan|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1417923313p2/172661.jpg]), and I can see why because the sensitivity here is all him. I'd been talking about how much I enjoyed [b:Orlando|18839|Orlando|Virginia Woolf|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1404345499s/18839.jpg|6057225], but I think he missed the part where my enjoyment of that book surprised me because it was so unlike [b:Mrs. Dalloway|14942|Mrs. Dalloway|Virginia Woolf|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1319710256s/14942.jpg|841320], which I thought good but not something I found myself wild for. I think Cunningham does a great job of entering into that novel, adapting and transforming it into this story of three women's lives without being gimmicky, which is surely a talent. It's the hyper-sensitivity that he successfully preserves that makes this book, and it sets you on edge just as it does in the source. My rating is closer to 3.5 stars--I keep clicking between three and four--and that's chiefly because of my ambivalence re: Mrs. Dalloway, not any fault of Cunningham's. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
A pleasure to read and an amazing achievement of style. Book describes the lives to three women who impacted by Woolf's novel, Mrs. Dalloway. ( )
  kale.dyer | Mar 8, 2017 |
The writing was lovely, but I suspect I would probably appreciate this book a lot more if I actually read "Mrs. Dalloway."
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
I haven't watched the movie, The Hours, and I haven't read Mrs. Dalloway. I have done a little research on Woolf from time to time but hardly enough to be of any consequence. Despite this, I really loved this book.

I think Cunningham did a great job of giving us a view of Virginia Woolf, Laura, and Clarissa as women of their eras and the hours they inhabit. I can't say I was completely satisfied with the book, I certainly felt the desire for more in several areas. But the way each part bleeds into the next, the parallels and unique situations alike, made me feel almost grasped at by the book. The main thing I have to compare the situation with is my most recent read of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. I felt the pull of the emotion that really only comes from an author that gets inside the emotions they write about enough to be able to translate them into pen and ink for reader consumption.

It's that ability and the novels that exhibit it that makes literature so “potent and dangerous” as said in the book. As well as so relative and relatable. Some people will be devoured by this book, some will devour is much like Laura feeds on the succor of Mrs. Dalloway. Some will hate it or find it tedious and some will have a light fondness for it that seems inconsequential comparatively. For me, personally, it was a dived-in depth that verged on ineluctable. ( )
  lamotamant | Sep 22, 2016 |
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We'll hunt for a third tiger now, but like the others this one too will be a form of what I dream, a structure of words, and not the flesh and bone tiger that beyond all myths paces the earth. I know these things quite well, yet nonetheless some force keeps driving me in the vague, unreasonable, and ancient quest, and I go on pursuing through the hours another tiger, the beast not found in verse.
- J.L. Borges, The Other Tiger, 1960
I have no time to describe my plans. I should say a good deal about The Hours, and my discovery; how I dig out beautiful caves behind my characters; I think that gives exactly what I want; humanity, humour, depth. The idea is that the caves shall connect, and each comes to daylight at the present moment.
- Virginia Wolf, in her diary, August 30, 1923
This book is for Ken Corbett
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Sie hastet aus dem Haus, wirft einen für die Witterung zu schweren Mantel über: 1941.
She hurries from the house, wearing a coat too heavy for the weather. It is 1941.
"We live our lives, do whatever we do, and then we sleep–it's as simple and ordinary as that. A few jump out of windows or drown themselves or take pills; more die by accident; and most of us, the vast majority, are slowly devoured by some disease or, if we're very fortunate, by time itself. There's just this for consolation: an hour here or there when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined, though everyone but children (and perhaps even they) knows these hours will inevitably be followed by others, far darker and more difficult. Still, we cherish the city, the morning; we hope, more than anything, for more.
Heaven only knows why we love it so."
What a thrill, what a shock, to be alive on a morning in June, prosperous, almost scandalously privileged, with a simple errand to run.
It had seemed like the beginning of happiness, and Clarissa is still sometimes shocked, more than thirty years later, to realize that it was happiness; that the entire experience lay in a kiss and a walk, the anticipation of dinner and a book...What lives undimmed in Clarissa's mind more than three decades later is a kiss at dusk on a patch of dead grass, and a walk around a pond as mosquitoes droned in the darkening air. There is still that singular perfection, and it's perfect in part because it seemed, at the time, so clearly to promise more. Now she knows: That was the moment, right then. There has been no other.
Clarissa dislikes arrangements. She prefers flowers to look as if they've just arrived, in armloads, from the fields.
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The book concerns three generations of women affected by a Virginia Woolf novel. The first is Woolf herself writing Mrs. Dalloway in 1923 and struggling with her own mental illness. The second is Mrs. Brown, wife of a World War II veteran, who is reading Mrs. Dalloway in 1949 as she plans her husband's birthday party. The third is Clarissa Vaughan, a lesbian, who plans a party in 1998 to celebrate a major literary award received by her good friend and former lover, the poet Richard, who is dying of AIDS. The situations of all three characters mirror situations experienced by Woolf's Clarissa Dalloway in 'Mrs. Dalloway', with Clarissa Vaughn being a very literal modern-day version of Woolf's character.
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The Hours is both an homage to Virginia Woolf and very much its own creature. Even as Michael Cunningham brings his literary idol back to life, he intertwines her story with those of two more contemporary women. One gray suburban London morning in 1923, Woolf awakens from a dream that will soon lead to Mrs. Dalloway. In the present, on a beautiful June day in Greenwich Village, 52-year-old Clarissa Vaughan is planning a party for her oldest love, a poet dying of AIDS. And in Los Angeles in 1949, Laura Brown, pregnant and unsettled, does her best to prepare for her husband's birthday, but can't seem to stop reading Woolf. These women's lives are linked both by the 1925 novel and by the few precious moments of possibility each keeps returning to. Clarissa is to eventually realize:
There's just this for consolation: an hour here or there when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined.... Still, we cherish the city, the morning; we hope, more than anything, for more.
As Cunningham moves between the three women, his transitions are seamless. One early chapter ends with Woolf picking up her pen and composing her first sentence, "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself." The next begins with Laura rejoicing over that line and the fictional universe she is about to enter. Clarissa's day, on the other hand, is a mirror of Mrs. Dalloway's--with, however, an appropriate degree of modern beveling as Cunningham updates and elaborates his source of inspiration. Clarissa knows that her desire to give her friend the perfect party may seem trivial to many. Yet it seems better to her than shutting down in the face of disaster and despair. Like its literary inspiration, The Hours is a hymn to consciousness and the beauties and losses it perceives. It is also a reminder that, as Cunningham again and again makes us realize, art belongs to far more than just "the world of objects." --Kerry Fried

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In a novel of love, family inheritance, and desperation, the author offers a fictional account of Virginia Woolf's last days and her friendship with a poet living in his mother's shadow.

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