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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 book was drier than a popcorn fart.
What happened in it? It's hard to say. A veteran killed himself and a bunch of stuffy old English people had a party. Read more
A hard read even for a life-long reader. Still, I understand why it's a classic. Like a challenge; turn these pages.Published 3 days ago by Kathy A. Pruitt
I have to admit that I admire what Virginia Woolf did in writing this book — particularly for 1925. I get that the focus wasn't so much on the story but how its told in virtually,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by bookgal
After reading Joyce's Ulysses, I was expecting much of the same for the modernist work Mrs Dalloway but was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 2 months ago by baldwalrus430
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It is almost scary how well Woolf captures the inner thoughts of people.Published 2 months ago by Mr.94