Clarissa Dalloway is civilised--without the ostentation of a socialite, but with enough distinction to attract them to her parties. She finds excess offensive, but surrounds herself with the highest quality and has an abhorrence for anything ugly or awkward. Mrs. Dalloway is as much a character... show more
Clarissa Dalloway is civilised--without the ostentation of a socialite, but with enough distinction to attract them to her parties. She finds excess offensive, but surrounds herself with the highest quality and has an abhorrence for anything ugly or awkward. Mrs. Dalloway is as much a character study as it is a commentary on the ills and benefits society gleans from class. Through Virginia Woolf, we spend a day with Clarissa as she interacts with servants, her children, her husband, and even an ex-lover. As she plans and executes one of her celebrated parties, she reveals inner machinations incongruous with her class-defined behaviors, that ultimately enable her to transcend them.
Publish date: 1996
Pages no: 213
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" ...