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As Clarissa Dalloway walks through London on a fine June morning, a sky-writing plane captures her attention. Crowds stare upwards to decipher the message while the plane turns and loops, leaving off one letter, picking up another. Like the airplane's swooping path, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway follows Clarissa and those whose lives brush hers--from Peter Walsh, whom she spurned years ago, to her daughter Elizabeth, the girl's angry teacher, Doris Kilman, and war-shocked Septimus Warren Smith, who is sinking into madness.
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
It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century. -- Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
Mrs. Dalloway ... contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English ... -- Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
Not an interesting story, predictable, slow pace. They same thing was happening over and over.Published 19 days ago by KP
Difficult read but once you get into the Virginia Woolf style, excellent and fascinating character/time study.Published 19 days ago by Cheryl Port
This was hard to read. She jumped all over the place and at times I was not sure who she was talking about. It seemed like just gossip to me. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Stephanie Rockliff
Mrs. Dalloway is easily my favorite Virginia Woolf I've read so far. It all takes place on one June day in 1923, starting with 50ish Clarissa Dalloway preparing to give a party... Read morePublished 23 days ago by blueotter
In my opinion this book is a masterpiece not for the faint of heart! Each time I read it I appreciate it even more!Published 28 days ago by Kindle Customer
One of Western Literature's masterpieces, Mrs. Dalloway reveals much about Post-War England.Published 1 month ago by 70's couple
You have to understand stream of consciousness to be able to follow this story. Challenging read if you don't know the author's purpose.Published 1 month ago by T. Miller
Mrs. Dalloway walks through life with the ability to live every moment and see it from every perspective. Read morePublished 1 month ago by cara livingston
This is an important modernist novel. Woolf's prose and her ability to move the narrative focus from one mind to the next are innovative and skilled. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda Winterbottom