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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
We choose this title for our women's book club as it appears over and over again on the must-read lists. What a mistake. Read morePublished 1 day ago by J. Enriquez
The writing style of this book is incredible. Never have I seen free indirect discourse used so adeptly. The story and its characters are equally as spellbinding. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mark Stone
Wonderful, Beautiful novel! Its amazing! Never have I read something that has made me wonder about, except for Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. Read morePublished 14 days ago by donnie
Virginia Woolf writes this novel with exquisite style. Not a word is superfluous; not an image too few or too many. Such a pleasure to read. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Shelley Gotterer
"Mrs. Dalloway" is a rich tapestry of the colors, smells, and emotions of the British aristocracy as they embrace cosmopolitan modernity. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jiang Xueqin