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As Mrs. Dalloway prepares for the party she is giving that evening, a series of events intrudes on her composure. Her husband is invited, without her, to lunch with Lady Bruton (who, Clarissa notes anxiously, gives the most amusing luncheons). Meanwhile, Peter Walsh appears, recently from India, to criticize and confide in her. His sudden arrival evokes memories of a distant past, the choices she made then, and her wistful friendship with Sally Seton.
Woolf then explores the relationships between women and men, and between women, as Clarissa muses, "It was something central which permeated; something warm which broke up surfaces and rippled the cold contact of man and woman, or of women together.... Her relation in the old days with Sally Seton. Had not that, after all, been love?" While Clarissa is transported to past afternoons with Sally, and as she sits mending her green dress, Warren Smith catapults desperately into his delusions. Although his troubles form a tangent to Clarissa's web, they undeniably touch it, and the strands connecting all these characters draw tighter as evening deepens. As she immerses us in each inner life, Virginia Woolf offers exquisite, painful images of the past bleeding into the present, of desire overwhelmed by society's demands. --Joannie Kervran Stangeland --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Catcher in the Rye... as told by middle-aged English farts
The party! The party! Let us listen to an old farty woman stream her consciousness to us to hear, pointless... Read more
I really did not enjoy reading this book. The book all takes place in one day as upper-middle class people are preparing for a dinner party - boredom city.Published 11 days ago by Jesse
Mrs. Dalloway is a classic- a must read for any literature fans.Published 1 month ago by Abby Adams
Virginia Woolf is always amazing. The book had writing in it. I wasn't aware but I did buy it used.Published 1 month ago by Holly Kiser
Thought I would love this book but only made it a few chapters. Author uses continual run-on sentences with one thought flowing into the next disconnected thought with no apparent... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleen
It was not the best book I've read, nor the easiest. But once it was done it sat pleasantly in my mind for quiet reflection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca Avery