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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.
a beautiful vintage book in wonderful condition. Shipped very quickly as well. Very happy with my purchase.Published 6 days ago by zalnoor
This is the result of attempting to write about all the ramifications of everything. If Woolf hadn't written novels before the inception of psychedelic drugs, I wouldn't hesitate... Read morePublished 9 days ago by SharonKathleenJohnson
Virginia Woolf wrote a classic masterpiece of prose poetry describing a time in history. It is beautifully written and provides a window into Emglish society in the 1920s.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful and flowing. An absolute masterpiece and a joy to read. My first Virginia Woolf novel and probably my favorite. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Virginia Woolf never ever fails to impress. A simple novel, one would think. A day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway leading up to a party she's throwing. Read morePublished 27 days ago by N. Trandahl