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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 needed this book for a paper in a masters level class. Amazon got it to me quickly, and it's a great rad--a real classic.Published 6 days ago by Michelle Frakes
Throughout the book, you are drawn into the world Virginia created. There are no chapters so at times the story just seems to go on and on. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Shan Shan
Ephemeral in theme, languid in pace, but nonetheless an enjoyable read. Woolf's gift of description is unequaled in enchantment. Worthwhile.Published 24 days ago by Pam F.
We choose this title for our women's book club as it appears over and over again on the must-read lists. What a mistake. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Enriquez