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on May 21, 2015
Influential, engaging, and groundbreaking.
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on November 23, 2014
books in great shape. thank you
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I tried reading a paperback version of the book several times and couldn't get past twenty pages. Then I thought an audio version would work well, since the book is more like a verbal monologue than typical third person fiction narrative. I previewed a number of audiobook versions. In one, the narrator sounded old and tired; in another the narrator sounded like she was just rushing through it. But the 60 second clip of Juliet Stevenson was captivating. The full version did not disappoint. I finished the whole thing in two weeks of commuter driving, and I felt I absorbed more than I would have if I had read the paperback version (It is a dense book, and I suspect it takes multiple readings to "get" all of it). Even the beginning portions of the book that I had already read were enriched by Ms. Stephenson's cadence and diction. All the asides made sense, especially the ones referring to other people or events, because it was more like having a conversation with a real person. I highly recommend this version.

I do have to deduct one star simply because in the grand scheme of literature, this is not one of my most favorite novels ever. It is merely a fairly great novel, and definitely worth reading.
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on October 4, 2014
GREAT NOVEL, DOESNT DISAPPOINT
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2000
A story of immense porportions to be celebrated and admired by countless future generations. I believe this novel is one of the few that has the amazing ability to be deemed a masterpiece hundreds of years after it is created. It also is one that has more to offer upon every reading. The novel is so complex and challenging that although I enjoyed it immesly the first time- the second and third I was able to associate the deeper meanings and appreciate the artistic, innovative writting style.
The first book I had read by this author (To the Lighthouse) left me much dissapointed with Ms. Woolfe. But I started to read 'The Hours' (which you must read if you have read this!) and found to best appreciate that book, I had to read this one first. I was pleasantly surprised to find such a unique and touching novel. I related to it on so many different levels; to so many different characters. Being a woman, I empathized with the struggle of Clarissa in her day of preparation and understood the insecurities she may have felt with her life choices but never would display to others.
The authors clever writting style and literary genius was evident in this novel. I know there may be many that don't appreciate Ms. Woolfe's talent= but if nothing else one must ascede that her manipulation of language is extraordinary. Ms. Dalloway is almost sung off the pages of the book, I felt like I was getting a buetiful renoir painted before my eyes when reading. I admit, that it is a book best enjoyed upon re-reading but it is so worth the investment! After this, I am excited to go back and read the dreaded 'To the Lighthouse' and maybe find somethings with in that I may have missed. I would definitley suggest reading this book first as it wasn't as monotnous and may better aquaint you with Ms. Woolf's style in order to better understand other works. And don't forget- if you liked this book- you will really enjoy 'THE HOURS'
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2003
I'm not that familiar with Woolf's other work, but this book shows the amazing psychological insight that this woman possessed. There's not really much of a plot, other than intense rumination and speculation, so don't expect any dramatic action. What you will find is a glorious stream of consciousness approach to developing characters and letting their random thoughts weave together an interesting story. This book will certainly not suit all tastes, but if you enjoy rumination, florid sentences that seem to never end, and a whimsical view of the world, "Mrs. Dalloway" will please you. Avery Z. Conner, author of "Fevers of the Mind".
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2005
I really like 20th Century literature, particularly Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, Proost, and Joyce. It seems that everyone loves Virginia Woolf at my school and Mrs. Dalloway was assigned reading in one of our classes. I really enjoyed some of Woolf's use of language and imagery, but a lot of her writing also seems forced, contrived, and boring -- all of which negate the point of reading it in the first place (other than avoiding an 'F' on the test). I guess what I'm trying to say is, you'll love Woolf if she's your style, and you'll probably hate her writing if you can't (or don't want to) follow her extended, cumbersome metaphors. I suppose she's a groundbreaking writer, but I also think I've turned into one of those people who secretly find Woolf a total bore but don't express this opinion aloud because a lot of supposedly smart people will tell you something is wrong with you. The same sort, I suppose, who are self-proclaimed writers/poets/intellectuals and like to call dead authors by their first name as if they knew them in another life (i.e., "What I like best about Walt is ...")

Blech...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2014
Not a huge fan of how this book is written. Very rambling, character introduction with no context, and confusing story line.
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on November 3, 2014
Good book, worth the read.
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on August 14, 2014
Fast delivery. Very happy.
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