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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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A classic. This book is one of the finest examples of Modernist literature in existence. This is a great starting point for anyone who wants to read the works of Virginia Woolf, or Modernist literature in general. You have to keep an open mind going in, because the structure is not what you would expect of a typical novel. I have read this again and again, and never cease to be charmed by Mrs. Dalloway. ( )
  LISandKL | Apr 3, 2014 |
Oh my was I disappointed?!
This one is better than 'to the lighthouse', that's for sure. But, it was dull, boring, uninteresting, confusing. I skimmed through it and understood the story, some ideas were good, some descriptions were good, she can write, but she's not my cup of tea. This didn't irritate me as much as 'to the lighthouse' , but it was very .. what's the word? ... meh! Very meh! I don't know why everyone like it so much, I frankly don't understand the hype around Woolf, her writing is incoherent. She is the only one who really knows about her characters, they keep appearing out of nowhere, many narrators, lots of names, lost of things she mentions hastily, things we do not know, I dare say she is a snobbish egocentric writer who doesn't feel like giving the reader a chance to understand her mind, or her plot. lots of missing information, cold writing style, and it isn't cool or smart, it's just as if she doesn't want to share with the reader, it only makes perfect sense to her, and we gotta put the pieces together while she's turning her back to us... Camus was very cold in 'the stranger' , but he wasn't deluding or confusing the reader. This is my piece of mind, anyways, this writer is overrated, I believe! Many contemporary writers have more respect for their readers' intellect than she did. ( )
  pathogenik | Mar 2, 2014 |
Woolf is amazing. To read her is to feel understood, to feel human, and to feel very grateful to be human. Her narrative choices are almost flawless throughout, especially her handling of the final few pages. ( )
  piccoline | Feb 5, 2014 |
Read summer of 2013. Part of top 100 novels project.
  ntgntg | Dec 17, 2013 |
For me, it was a hard book to read. I didn't get it. Almost gave up at one point. ( )
  DanSavin | Dec 14, 2013 |
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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
Bell, VanessaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brunt, NiniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hämäläinen, KyllikkiTranslatorsecondary 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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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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