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  •  The Hours is a beautiful book (5+ / 0-)

    and walk-ons by real people in novels never bothered me. Cunningham's book, with the alternating narratives, was more of an extension and tribute to Woolf's work than a retelling of her life (even with that heart-wrenching scene before she filled her pockets).

    Although much of the book concerned itself with Mrs. Dalloway, it was that moment that brought something from To The Lighthouse to life which completely captured me. Utterly brilliant.

    I didn't always have this feeling about fictionalized biographies. In junior high, Irving Stone's romances were my main reading fare. (Well, along with Jules Verne, Margaret Mitchell, Tolkien and Meredith Ann Pierce's Darkangel trilogy.)

    Perhaps it's just as well I can't recall the book that put me off this genre. So thank you for naming so many that represent the better part of it.

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