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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
Virginia Woolf wrote this novel in 1925 many years prior to her own mental illness and suicide, but within the lines of this novel I sensed a tortured soul and a scattered but calculated mind at work.
I must admit to some confusion. I think I have read Mrs. Dalloway, word for word, beginning to end.
My uncertainty arises because I suddenly found myself, too soon, at the end... Read more
descriptions of inner thoughts and outer observations of characters transpoort you to post world war one England as you see and feel through them switching characters as if you are... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Barbara Stafslien
Especially on my kindle; paying closer attention to sentence structure;Woolf is the best!!!Published 16 days ago by Lynda T-L
Here's a classic waste of paper. Maybe stream of consciousness was innovative, but there seemed to be no story to tell. What was the point?Published 20 days ago by Donna Huck
Well, it's not really illustrated, and there are a lot of typos, but the book itself is most excellent!Published 24 days ago by ndixon
While I love this book and its marvellous writing, I have a criticism of the Kindle edition. The last sentance in the book, which is the single most imprtant sentance in the book,... Read morePublished 27 days ago by cupcake
This classic is most famous for taking place on a single day. British 50-something Clarissa Dalloway prepares for a house party (in the 1920s). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne Marie
When I first wrote this review last night I gave 1 star because I found the first 30 pages or so of the book incredibly boring and hard to get through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maranda Russell