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Mrs Dalloway: Roman (original 1925; edition 2010)

by Virginia Woolf

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Member:Wassilissa
Title:Mrs Dalloway: Roman
Authors:Virginia Woolf
Info:Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag (2010), Ausgabe: 14, Taschenbuch, 208 Seiten
Collections:2012, Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:November 2012

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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)

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Instead of reviewing Mrs Dalloway here, I thought I'd mention the experience I had in teaching it.

I asked my class (a course on Modernism) what it is they look for when they read a book. Unanimously they said "plot", the story.

Mrs Dalloway is not, by any means, a plot-driven book. It is not about actions, but rather thoughts, and how thoughts contribute to (fruitless) (in)action.

I drew their attention to technique, to Woolf's strategies of perspective and interiority. When viewed through the lens of narrative structure and style, the text (about which they were only moderately enthused) became more sensible to them, but not necessarily more interesting.

I am tempted to arrive at a universal conclusion about how the present generation of young people has been taught to think empirically, which in a literary sense means reading for the events of the book, as if it were a list of dates to memorize upon which they will be tested.

In the vast majority, students do not look at the "how" of a text, they do not look at the surface of the narrative, or the text as a constructed object. Drawing attention to technique, strategy, style, and construction, I think, is the main job of today's professor of literature.

It is an uphill battle. ( )
  anna_hiller | Jun 22, 2016 |
"Yaşamı ve ölümü vermek istiyorum, sağlığı ve çılgınlığı; toplum düzenini eleştirmek istiyorum, işler halinde, en yoğun biçiminde."
Virginia Woolf belki de en tanınmış romanı olan Mrs. Dalloway için bir yazısında bunları söylüyor. Dediklerini yapıyor da; her şeyden önce tek bir günün yoğun örgüsü içinde hem akreple yelkovanın peşinde koşan hem de o günün saatleri içinde kahramanlarının zihninde uzayıp giden iç zamanlar bulan bir roman bu. Mrs. Dalloway, edebiyat tarihinde daha sonraları "bilinç akışı" adıyla anılacak bir tekniğin en başarılı örneğidir. Kitaba adını veren Clarissa Dalloway, akşam vereceği davetin hazırlıkları peşinde Londra sokaklarında dolaşırken, kitabın öteki, "gizli" kahramanı Septimus Warren Smith aynı sokaklarda başka, daha karanlık bir hedefe doğru yol alır. Kitabın birbiriyle hiç yüzyüze gelmeyen bu iki kahramanı delilikle sığlık, sığlıkla derinlik, yaşamla ölüm kadar temel karşıtlıklar içinde "günden geceye" yolculuklarını tamamlar ve Virginia Woolf'da birleşirler.
  Cagatay | Jun 10, 2016 |
I went into this book with very little expectations of me enjoying it. Novels about high society usually put me off. I bought this book because it was by a famous author and it cost me 2 and a half Euros.

I have to state, first and foremost, that Woolf is an absolutely fantastic writer. Her way of switching perspectives is unique, her metaphores and imagery are stunning, and she creates real, touching characters.

I enjoyed it and I might perhaps read some more of her works in the future, but it was not a work that blew me away per say. Sometimes she lost me in her metaphores, and the language used by the characters was a bit off-putting.

Perhaps the premise and the setting of the novel are my only critique. Her prose is superb, and I can see why people still read her work to this day.
  bartt95 | Apr 10, 2016 |
A dinner, in the upper class in england in 1920, Woolf uses 'monologue interieur'. ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
Didn't understand this at all. ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
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Among Mrs. Woolf's contemporaries, there are not a few who have brought to the traditional forms of fiction, and the stated modes of writing, idioms which cannot but enlarge the resources of speech and the uses of narrative. Virginia Woolf is almost alone, however, in the intricate yet clear art of her composition. Clarissa's day, the impressions she gives and receives, the memories and recognitions which stir in her, the events which are initiated remotely and engineered almost to touching distance of the impervious Clarissa, capture in a definitive matrix the drift of thought and feeling in a period, the point of view of a class, and seem almost to indicate the strength and weakness of an entire civilization.
 

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Woolf, Virginiaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Woolf, Virginiamain 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
Risvik, KariTranslatorsecondary 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.
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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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Depicts the events, thoughts, and actions of a single day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway.

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