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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Mrs. Dalloway (original 1925; edition 2011)

by Virginia Woolf

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Title:Mrs. Dalloway
Authors:Virginia Woolf
Info:IndoEuropeanPublishing.com (2011), Paperback, 182 pages
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Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)

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    DanLovesAlice: As much as Clarissa Dalloway is a product of a constrictive society, Sinclair's Harriet Frean is even worse. Severely psychologically affected in later life by her parent's rules, her individuality and freedom is ruined by always 'behaving beautifully'.… (more)
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I’m not sure how I can write a review of a work so beautiful and complex. I bought this book for a dollar at a book sale fundraiser my school held, and I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into. I knew the story; I had seen the movie version as well as read The Hours by Michael Cunningham and had seen the movie The Hours as well.

What I wasn’t expecting was the prose and how beautifully the book is written. It’s slow and difficult to read, but very rewarding. I definitely had an easier time figuring out what was going on since I had seen the movie before, and I was a little thankful for it. It allowed me to focus just on the style and the poetry of the words.

Virginia Woolf captures her characters beautifully. Each character is rich, full of desires and history, and it is one of the reasons that I love this book. They are wonderfully understood. There were times when I felt like Mrs. Dalloway, or any of the other characters in the book.

This book is certainly one of my favorites, but its not for everybody. I am delighted by finally discovering Virginia Woolf, and I am really looking forward to reading more of her novels, particularly To the Lighthouse or The Waves. ( )
  sighedtosleep | Sep 1, 2014 |
Absolute, total unequivocal CRAP!!!! A classic masterpiece, my Aunt Fanny! Stream of consciousness horseshit. I made it 21 pages in and decided that life is way too short for this pretentious dreck. Next. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 13, 2014 |
Okay I've finally read Mrs Dalloway and I'm happy I don't have to think of Mrs Dalloway for a long time again (well at least until I read The Hours). I really struggled through this dreary book, and although it's only just over 200 pages it felt much much longer! I am giving this 3 stars simply because I actually enjoyed the end of the book when Clarissa finally has her party. I had a sneaking suspicion that Ms Woolf wouldn't be my friend and I was right so I don't believe I'll pursue any more of her works. ( )
  pcollins | Jul 27, 2014 |
Oh, spare me. Not another English story of a pitiful high-society lady and her angst. Very dated but well written. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
I've been holding off reading this until my mind was clear. I think this solidifies Virginia Woolf as my favorite classic writer.

Woolf's writings have always had a very curious ability to almost speak directly to me. She's terribly witty and clever and troubled by how much people take for granted--this book felt like a love letter to the beauty of the mundane, to dreamers that can see beyond what's in front of them.

Mrs. Dalloway herself is quite a familiar character to someone like me, but without any of the annoyance. I honestly FELT for the woman, and became a little heartbroken at the relations with her daughter (and felt myself quite disliking the bitter woman that was in effect trying to "steal" her). I can see why so many people have strong feelings about the woman--rarely anyone seems to react to her indifferently.

I became just as attached to Septimus, and actually felt GLAD at what he did at the end, because the doctors were giving me fits too.

I have to read it again, because I'm still stuck in the afterglow and part of me really wants to catch EVERYTHING Mrs. Woolf says because she has a lot of things that are worth hearing.

Or maybe I'll just read To the Lighthouse and have a complete mindfuck. XD ( )
  cendri | May 30, 2014 |
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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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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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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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