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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
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I had no idea Virginia Woolf had such insight into inner life. Much more accessible that Ulysses.Published 23 days ago by Bruce D'Ambrosio
A dated writing style which all takes place in one day in the lives of several people. Good image of England after the war and the contrast in economic classes of people.Published 29 days ago by Eileen McVey
How can such ordinary mental trifles of urban and modern Western civilization be so interesting and revealing when spotlighted by a genius author? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheshire
This was recommended by a professor. To me it is stream of consciousness and informative.Published 1 month ago by Don Thomas
Mrs. D. , a high-class woman, engaged in retrospective reveries about her youth and old friends. Her character is more understandably depicted in another novel by Woolf - The... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ladislav drozdik
Catcher in the Rye... as told by middle-aged English farts
The party! The party! Let us listen to an old farty woman stream her consciousness to us to hear, pointless... Read more