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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
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Mrs. Dalloway (1925)

by Virginia Woolf

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“Mrs. Dalloway” is a classic, considered by some to be the finest modern novel. That sort of recommendation is enough to make me approach carefully; I’m not educated enough to fully appreciate the great works and I find reading them a chore. But I’m happy to say that, although I found the first bit tedious, it didn’t take me long to get sucked into the story.

It’s not that the plot is engaging; there is almost no plot. The book is merely a record of one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, and that of a few of her friends, and some people that she passes by. We are given access to their thoughts as they go about their day. Clarissa buys flowers, mends a dress, and gives a party. She hosts a visitor, just back from India. She thinks about a girl from her school days, with whom she had been in love. Septimus Smith, suffering from PTSD from WW I and the loss of a fellow soldier with whom he’d been in love, quietly sinks into a fatal madness. The stream of consciousness leads us seamlessly through the minds of these people; there are no chapters to provide breaking points. Wolff’s prose is simply beautiful; she describes the everyday moments that are usually forgotten or ignored as things of beauty. But the book is not just pretty prose; there is surprising depth to some of the characters. Clarissa and Septimus, in particular, although not directly connected, seem to be two sides of the questions of life and death. Five stars. ( )
  lauriebrown54 | Feb 10, 2019 |
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf; (5*)

Extraordinary!
This book by Virginia Woolf has been described as the greatest novel of the English language. That may not be an exageration. Some sentences are so beautifully written that they beg to be read again and again. Woolf never fails to put me in this situation. Her writing is sublime.
The story is simple. It follows one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares to host a high society party in London that evening. It jumps from Clarissa's story to that of several of the guests. It is a story about their thoughts and reminiscences more than their actions. It is a story about the love between men and women and between women and women. It is a story about the politics of marriage in the early 20th century.
Simply put, it is a classic! Woolf was and remains stellar in the world of great literature. ( )
  rainpebble | Feb 10, 2019 |
Not the most entertaining book but an interesting writing style. Needs good concentration to not miss a change in the storyline. ( )
  Liivin | Feb 7, 2019 |
I should read this book again and then review it, as i was in a strange distracted personal space, but for now, just a few thoughts. This was the first book i have read by Alice Walker. I definitely want to read more by her, purely because i found her writing style to be beautiful. I especially found her weaving of nature/spirituality and the human journey to be compelling. Water, roots, branchs, release, currents, purging, cleansing, searching. Her characters internal journeys are embodied and entwined in the naural world. The questions raised by this book, resonated with me, however, the characters were so steeped in previledge that i found it nearly impossible to take the journey with them. Who gets to really just drop their life and go soul searching in the amazon with shaman? No one. Although the questions explored are human to the core, the characters wrestling with them are entirely unrelateable in their priviledge ( )
  aezull | Jan 6, 2019 |
La señora Dalloway relata un día en la vida de una mujer de la clase alta londinense desde el punto de vista de una conciencia que experimenta con plena intensidad cada instante vivido, en el que se mezclan sentimientos, pensamientos y emociones y se condensan el pasado, el entorno y el presente.

La novela es hermosamente impecable, proclamando a Virginia Wolf como una de las escritoras más renombradas en el ámbito de la escritura personal, de los sentimientos, las situaciones, las descripciones privadas y la vida en sociedad. Envuelto con un halo de elegacia, sin perder la compostura, el día de Clarissa Dalloway transcurre con normalidad, ilusionada (o no) por una fiesta que ha organizado para esa misma noche. Los fantasmas aparecen y desaparecen de su vida a lo largo de las horas, trascurre la mañana, la tarde y la noche. Varios personajes cobran peso, en especial Septimus Warren Smith, que al igual que Clarissa, representa la locura más intensa del ser humano. Otros personajes como un sus dos ex amores, Peter Walsh y Sally Seton, tienen una gran importancia en la historia.

Cabe destacar el concepto experimental de novela de aquella época, la importancia del personaje femenino y la poesía poética que es el recurso literario por excelencia. Sin duda, son unas letras hermosas dignas de leer, amenamente.

La señora Dalloway es posiblemente la novela más conocida de Woolf, debiéndose en parte de su reciente popularización por la novela de Michael Cunningham, Las horas. ( )
  MiriamBeizana | Dec 3, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Woolf, Virginiaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, VanessaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brunt, NiniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cunningham, ValentineIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duffy, Carol AnnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hämäläinen, KyllikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howard, MaureenForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McNichol, StellaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Risvik, KariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scalero, AlessandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Showalter, ElaineIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

For Lucy had her work cut out for her. The doors would be taken off their hinges; Rumpelmayer’s men were coming. And then, thought Clarissa Dalloway, what a morning—fresh as if issued to children on a beach.
La signora Dalloway disse che i fiori li avrebbe comprati lei.
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… aveva l'anima tutta arrugginita da quell'astio che vi si era conficcato dentro: …
Chi ha coraggio di mettere figli in un mondo come questo? Non si può perpetuare il dolore, né aumentare la razza di quegli animali lussuriosi, i quali non hanno emozioni durature, ma solo capricci e vanità che li trascinano alla deriva.
«E basta, per ora. Più tardi…», e la frase morì sgocciolando, clop clop clop, come un rubinetto soddisfatto d'essere rimasto aperto.
Si sarebbero mummificati giovani.
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s Clarissa Dalloway walks through London on a fine June morning, a sky-writing plane captures her attention. Crowds stare upwards to decipher the message while the plane turns and loops, leaving off one letter, picking up another. Like the airplane's swooping path, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway follows Clarissa and those whose lives brush hers--from Peter Walsh, whom she spurned years ago, to her daughter Elizabeth, the girl's angry teacher, Doris Kilman, and war-shocked Septimus Warren Smith, who is sinking into madness.

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.
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As Clarissa Dalloway walks through London on a fine June morning, a sky-writing plane captures her attention. Crowds stare upwards to decipher the message while the plane turns and loops, leaving off one letter, picking up another. Like the airplane's swooping path, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway follows Clarissa and those whose lives brush hers--from Peter Walsh, whom she spurned years ago, to her daughter Elizabeth, the girl's angry teacher, Doris Kilman, and war-shocked Septimus Warren Smith, who is sinking into madness.

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

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