12 April, 2006

Michael Cunningham's The Hours

Just (between 3.45 and 5.15am) finished reading this. I suspected from interviews I've read with the author that I would love it, and I did.
Yes, Clarissa thinks, it's time for the day to be over. We throw our parties; we abandon our families to live alone in Canada; we struggle to write books that do not change the world, despite our gifts and our unstinting efforts, our most extravagant hopes. 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.


Blogger clindsay said...

Oh, this is one of my all-time favorite books. So much better than the film they made out of it!!!

15 April, 2006 16:58  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

I didn't see the film, but I read the book that the book was inspired by! Ages ago - I need to go back and reread it now.

16 April, 2006 20:37  

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