'Fear no more the heat of the sun.' Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf's fourth novel, offers the reader an impression of a single June day in London in 1923. Clarissa Dalloway, the wife of a Conservative member of parliament, is preparing to give an evening party, while the shell-shocked Septimus... show more
'Fear no more the heat of the sun.' Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf's fourth novel, offers the reader an impression of a single June day in London in 1923. Clarissa Dalloway, the wife of a Conservative member of parliament, is preparing to give an evening party, while the shell-shocked Septimus Warren Smith hears the birds in Regent's Park chattering in Greek. There seems to be nothing, except perhaps London, to link Clarissa and Septimus. She is middle-aged and prosperous, with a sheltered happy life behind her; Smith is young, poor, and driven to hatred of himself and the whole human race. Yet both share a terror of existence, and sense the pull of death. The world of Mrs Dalloway is evoked in Woolf's famous stream of consciousness style, in a lyrical and haunting language which has made this, from its publication in 1925, one of her most popular novels.
Publish date: February 5th 2004
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Pages no: 172
Edition language: English
Somebody, who is no longer on Goodreads, once wrote in a review to this book that the best way to read it is while wandering around London. Well, I actually tried that but I encountered a number of problems, one of them not so much being that it is really hard walking through Whitechapel reading a b...
Die Handlung: Das ganze Buch spielt sich an einem einzigen Tag im Juni des Jahres 1923 ab. Die ältliche Mrs Dalloway bereitet am Morgen und Vormittag eine Festlichkeit vor, bei der sie alte Freunde und Bekannte wieder zusammenführen will. Dabei trifft sie einen alten Verehrer wieder, der gerade au...
I'm totally over a barrel here. I thought Virginia Woolf's writing was spectacular. I didn't like most of the characters.I was satisfied with the since of place. Gosh, how I didn't like this story overall and I kept thinking 'Please let this end'.
I thought it was boring. I got half way through and stopped because it doesn't fit my mood. I like the character Septimus Smith. It was not badly written at all. I just prefer active stories where things happen outside of the head as well as within. It's a great melancholic "let's think about this" ...
This book confirms my suspicions that I should best read Woolf on holidays - just because I need pretty unlimited mental bandwidth for her writing. This is superb; I did not have the opportunity to fully enjoy it, since I was reading it at a moment I felt largely overwhelmed with work; I plan to rer...