Dec 06

The Hours

The Hours

by Michael Cunningham


Picture 2Fiction
First Published in 1998
Publisher; Fourth Estate, A Division of Harper Collins Publishers
Set in: London, New York City and Los Angeles (1920s/1940s/1990s)
Won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Won the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

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Book Synopsis:

Three women.

1920s London. Virginia Woolf attempts to begin her new novel, but she is struggling to settle her unruly mind.

1940s Los Angeles. In the stifling heat, Laura Brown, a young mother and wife aches to abandon her domestic life to escape to the solitude of reading Mrs Dalloway.

1990s New York. Clarissa Vaughan hosts a party for a dying friend.

Michael Cunningham uses the life and works of Virginia Woolf as inspiration for a moving reflection on love, failure, despair and artistic behaviour.

bunnyWhy I love this book:

Immediately upon finishing this book, I was so moved that I made the firm decision that I needed to visit my elderly grandparents in England – and I’m so glad I did. I guess it’s because the novel deals with death, making me want to seize the moment, carpe diem and all that.

It’s not all about death though, it’s about the lives of three distinct women – their daily lives, their thoughts, their relationships with the people around them, and more importantly their own internal relationship with themselves.

The Hours is beautifully yet simply written, and is one of my tip-top favourite books. My mother says that Beloved by Toni Morrison changed her life, and for me it’s The Hours by Michael Cunningham. Maybe I wouldn’t say it ‘changed’ my life, but it certainly had a significant impact and helped me make a positive decision, one that I had been storing away and ignoring.

x Julie

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  1. Jovian Lim says:

    hi julie, i think ‘reading like rabbits’ is an amazing idea, i really sense its honesty and its sincerity in its approach. Keep it up, i wish you all the best with it.


  2. Desiree says:

    Jooles! I love your website .. you definitely should be proud! (Remember Happy and Happy 2?Or was it Hoppy and Hoppy 2?)

    I am totally for anyone who goes out and gets exactly what she wants – and you’ve done just that… Never feel guilty for sitting around reading! There could be worst things you could be doing. Much worse.

    Anyway, just want to say, I haven’t read the book, but I saw the movie The Hours and it is one of my all-time favourite movies. It struck me in ways I cannot even describe. Sadly so few actually ‘got’ it. I can just imagine how much more poignant the book must be compared to the film … I’m not sure if I can go there again but I’ll pick the book up one day.

    You definitely need to have a section where we humble visitors can recommend some books to you too! You seem to have similar tastes to my cousin Lyn (to my observation, she loves stories about travels and different cultures) who really loved The Kite Runner too. She highly recommended I read ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy. I haven’t yet but you might like to check it out as I really trust her judgement.

    I also want to recommend HER NOVEL to EVERYONE:
    ‘Shattered Reflections’ by Lyn Duclos

    You can borrow a rare copy from me. Ha. :) or buy it from


    • juliewee says:

      Hi Des,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m really having lots of fun with my site, and finally owning something tangible (despite it being in cyber space!) is really satisfying.

      I’ll add ‘The Road’ and ‘Shattered Reflections’ to my list of books to read. It’s a long list at the moment as I’ve just been to all 3 of the book fairs in Singapore! Bookworm heaven!

      And good suggestion about the visitor/reader recommendations, I will definitely set up a page where people can add their own recommendations.

      Merry Christmas Des!