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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
I read To the lighthouse. After reading that book I was enchanted by the poetic style of Virginia Wolff. Mrs. Dalloway did not shine for me in the writing style. Read morePublished 1 month ago by greg
The plot is well known and if none of the wonderful 5 star reviewers can convince you to read it, then I surely can't. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D Fisher
I've wanted to read this for years. I've always been intimidated by Woolf's remarkably long and wordy sentences. I feared I would become distracted and lose focus on the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by losleeper
Very difficult, even challenging, but good. It's the basis for the movie "The Hours" which I really loved.Published 1 month ago by Helen Healthnut
Unless you like self harm, or need a reason to kill yourself, DO NOT buy this trash.Published 1 month ago by Marina B.