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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
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Mrs. Dalloway (1925)

by Virginia Woolf

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La señora Dalloway relata un día en la vida de una mujer de la clase alta londinense desde el punto de vista de una conciencia que experimenta con plena intensidad cada instante vivido, en el que se mezclan sentimientos, pensamientos y emociones y se condensan el pasado, el entorno y el presente.

La novela es hermosamente impecable, proclamando a Virginia Wolf como una de las escritoras más renombradas en el ámbito de la escritura personal, de los sentimientos, las situaciones, las descripciones privadas y la vida en sociedad. Envuelto con un halo de elegacia, sin perder la compostura, el día de Clarissa Dalloway transcurre con normalidad, ilusionada (o no) por una fiesta que ha organizado para esa misma noche. Los fantasmas aparecen y desaparecen de su vida a lo largo de las horas, trascurre la mañana, la tarde y la noche. Varios personajes cobran peso, en especial Septimus Warren Smith, que al igual que Clarissa, representa la locura más intensa del ser humano. Otros personajes como un sus dos ex amores, Peter Walsh y Sally Seton, tienen una gran importancia en la historia.

Cabe destacar el concepto experimental de novela de aquella época, la importancia del personaje femenino y la poesía poética que es el recurso literario por excelencia. Sin duda, son unas letras hermosas dignas de leer, amenamente.

La señora Dalloway es posiblemente la novela más conocida de Woolf, debiéndose en parte de su reciente popularización por la novela de Michael Cunningham, Las horas. ( )
  MiriamBeizana | Dec 3, 2018 |
Virginia Woolf, like lobster - understandably praised, but not to my taste. I understand it was a fundamental rethinking of the novel, and her writing can be lovely, but it is a bunch of characters in whom I am just not interested. On the plus side, it's easily readable. ( )
  amandrake | Nov 18, 2018 |
The reader begins to swim the river of words that flow and touch the time, the place, evoke the feelings and envelop slowly, surely. She struggles, gets stuck, swims upstream, tires, 'thinks, I am swept away! I dont't know where I am!' The river of words becomes a breeze, takes over a mind then flutters to the next, looking through their hearts and eyes and touching the world from within their skins. People meet by chance, they filter the same scene through their own mind, world, insecurities, hopes, memories of past loves and lost chances. The reader is swept up and she doesn't mind anymore, she doesn't seek to understand, just to feel and be immersed, and write poetry with prose like Virginia. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
It was a little hard to get used to the writing style at first (an endless flow of consciousness that goes from one character to the next, without warning), but once I got used to it I really started to enjoy the book. I think what I liked most about it was that it made me more aware that every person has a story within them that most people never get to see. All the characters were frustrating, complex, and both likable and unlikable in their own way, which made them more real and memorable. Also, I feel like this book should have made me depressed and sad, but it actually made me feel that life shouldn't be taken for granted, and that every moment is valuable. I don't know if this book is for everyone, but it really stuck with me. ( )
  VeeMcD123 | Oct 13, 2018 |
University assignment. One of the few fiction works I've read more than once. ( )
  TheMagnificentKevin | Oct 12, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Woolf, Virginiaprimary 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
McNichol, StellaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Risvik, KariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scalero, AlessandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Showalter, ElaineIntroductionsecondary 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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… aveva l'anima tutta arrugginita da quell'astio che vi si era conficcato dentro: …
Chi ha coraggio di mettere figli in un mondo come questo? Non si può perpetuare il dolore, né aumentare la razza di quegli animali lussuriosi, i quali non hanno emozioni durature, ma solo capricci e vanità che li trascinano alla deriva.
«E basta, per ora. Più tardi…», e la frase morì sgocciolando, clop clop clop, come un rubinetto soddisfatto d'essere rimasto aperto.
Si sarebbero mummificati giovani.
… (in grigio e argento, la dama si dondolava come una foca sull'orlo della sua vasca, affamata d'inviti, tipica moglie di un professionista riuscito) …
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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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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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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141182490, 0141198508, 024195679X

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