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Mrs. Dalloway (1925)

by Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway is back for a fresh release from Duke Classics. One thread follows Clarissa Dalloway as she spends a day planning to host a party in post-WWI England. Another follows the path of Septimus Smith, a struggling war veteran. Reflections on wartime, love, and the past are woven together before intersecting at the story's climax.

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  kakadoo202 | Feb 28, 2023 |
It took some time to get into the way the book was written and some time it can be a bit confusing for me. It is a book that one needs to read slowly. I love how much attention the author put into the details of a scene. You often felt that you are right there with the character. Quite an interesting book, I felt that one need to read couple more times to appreciate it more. ( )
  hongjunz | Feb 20, 2023 |
A vivid portrait of a single day in a woman's life, but it skips around to other people that are also on the periphery of her life. It's very stream of consciousness type writing that flows freely form one characters self reflective thoughts to another. It was very hard for me to get into it and really care much about any of the characters, there incessant thoughts seems so tedious. ( )
  debs4jc | Dec 6, 2022 |
My biggest problem with this book is the writing. She writes and writes and writes and it's like she barely stops for air. There are no pauses or breaks and I found it exhausting. Yes I know, stream of consciousness. But I hate it. 160 pages felt like 160,000 pages.

Plus I didn't like Clarissa or Septimus and the story was boring. ( )
  funstm | Dec 1, 2022 |
Modern classic published in 1925, Mrs. Dalloway provides a “day in the life” of Clarissa Dalloway, a London socialite, in June, 1923, as she prepares to host a party later that evening. Her charismatic former suitor, Peter, now in his fifties, has returned from five years in India. Decades ago, she turned down Peter’s proposal and married Richard Dalloway, a staid member of Parliament. The reader is privy to the thoughts and memories of Clarissa, her friends and acquaintances, and Septimus Warren Smith, a veteran of the Great War. Septimus is suffering from what they called “shell shock” at the time, and we would now call “post-traumatic stress disorder.”

The stream-of-consciousness writing style took me a while to get used to, but once I did, I found the story intriguing. While the book covers only a single day, it examines the ageless themes of time, choices, and death. Big Ben chimes regularly throughout, reminding the reader of the passage of time. Clarissa and Peter wonder what their lives would be like if they had married. Clarissa and Septimus are preoccupied by thoughts of death. This novel contains commentary on the British social system and the treatment of mental illness, embedded in the various interactions among the characters. It packs a lot into 200 pages.

It won’t be for everyone. The writing is quaint, and I daresay it contains more semi-colons than any book I’ve read. It is a character study, so there is not much action and very little plot. The bulk of the narrative is spent in the heads of the characters, so it meanders and digresses as thoughts tend to do. Recommended to those who enjoy reading the classics or anyone that wants a glimpse into London’s society of the 1920’s, as seen through the eyes of a lyrical writer of the time. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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Woolf, Virginiaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, VanessaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bening, AnnetteNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brunt, NiniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cunningham, ValentineIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Pawlowski, Merry M.Introductionsecondary 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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"Mrs. Dalloway," "Mrs. Dalloway's Party," "The Mrs. Dalloway Reader," and "Mrs. Dalloway" in combination with other titles (e.g., "The Waves" or "To the Lighthouse") are each distinct works or combinations of works. Please preserve these distinctions, and don't combine any of the other works with this one. Thank you.
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Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway is back for a fresh release from Duke Classics. One thread follows Clarissa Dalloway as she spends a day planning to host a party in post-WWI England. Another follows the path of Septimus Smith, a struggling war veteran. Reflections on wartime, love, and the past are woven together before intersecting at the story's climax.


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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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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141182490, 0141198508, 024195679X

Urban Romantics

2 editions of this book were published by Urban Romantics.

Editions: 1909438014, 1909438022


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