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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
"Mrs. Dalloway" is a rich tapestry of the colors, smells, and emotions of the British aristocracy as they embrace cosmopolitan modernity. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Jiang Xueqin
I liked the colorful prose and the tiny perfect series of personal crises and the vividness of one day of moments in various people's lives, but . . . Read morePublished 10 days ago by Swankivy
There is a repeated image in this book that best captures what is going on in "Mrs. Dalloway"- a thread of spider web stretching as far as it needs to connecting person to person. Read morePublished 23 days ago by PuroShaggy
Opened the book to start reading it and the first 42 pages were not present. Very unacceptable and your methods of determining the condition of books needs to be reexamined.Published 25 days ago by Lexie Kukurba
I had previously only read Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own. Since no less an authority than Simone de Beauvoir, in her seminal work, The Second Sex repeatedly referenced... Read morePublished 27 days ago by John P. Jones III