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Group Read--Late Winter 2010--

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A social reading of Virginia Woolf's masterpiece, Mrs. Dalloway, to chase away the end-of-winter blahs.

If you've wandered in here without knowing much about Mrs. Dalloway, here's a plot summary I copied from Wikipedia:

Clarissa Dalloway goes around London in the morning, getting ready to host a party that evening. The nice day reminds her of her youth at Bourton and makes her wonder about her choice of husband—she married the reliable Richard Dalloway instead of the enigmatic and demanding Peter Walsh, and she had not the option to be with Sally Seton for whom she felt strongly. Peter reintroduces these conflicts by paying a visit that morning, having returned from India that day.

Septimus Warren Smith, a veteran of World War I suffering from deferred traumatic stress, spends his day in the park with his Italian-born wife, Lucrezia, where they are observed by Peter Walsh. Septimus is visited by frequent and indecipherable hallucinations, mostly concerning his dear friend Evans who died in the war. Later that day, after he is prescribed involuntary commitment, he commits suicide by jumping out of a window.

Clarissa's party in the evening is a slow success. It is attended by most of the characters she has met in the book, including people from her past. She hears about Septimus' suicide at the party, and gradually comes to admire the act of this stranger—which she considers an effort to preserve the purity of his own happiness.

Only it's fun! And beautiful! It's an excellent example of stream of consciousness narration, like Joyce used in Ulysses and Faulkner in As I Lay Dying, both roughly contemporary with Mrs. Dalloway.

I hope you'll join us for this group read. I don't offer any prizes or goodies, since I don't have any to offer, but I expect the threadies you meet here will make up for that by being great fun to hang with! ---richardderus, Mastermind

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Members: beatles1964, snash, TheTortoise, tloeffler, _Lana_, boekenwijs, andreablythe

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