Heralded as Virginia Woolf's greatest novel, this is a vivid portrait of a single day in a woman's life. When we meet her, Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation while in her mind she is something much more than a perfect society hostess. As she... show more
Heralded as Virginia Woolf's greatest novel, this is a vivid portrait of a single day in a woman's life. When we meet her, Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation while in her mind she is something much more than a perfect society hostess. As she readies her house, she is flooded with remembrances of faraway times. And, met with the realities of the present, Clarissa reexamines the choices that brought her there, hesitantly looking ahead to the unfamiliar work of growing old."Mrs. Dalloway was the first novel to split the atom. If the novel before Mrs. Dalloway aspired to immensities of scope and scale, to heroic journeys across vast landscapes, with Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf insisted that it could also locate the enormous within the everyday; that a life of errands and party-giving was every bit as viable a subject as any life lived anywhere; and that should any human act in any novel seem unimportant, it has merely been inadequately observed. The novel as an art form has not been the same since. "Mrs. Dalloway also contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century." --Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
Publish date: October 28th 2002
Pages no: 194
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...
I had never read anything by Virginia Woolf so thought I ought to give it a try. Slow going at first but I eventually caught on. Re-reading at least the beginning helped it make more sense. It takes a bit of time to understand the writing style, how the point of view is always internal and jumps wit...
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" ...