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Mrs. Dalloway

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (June 19 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141014652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141014654
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews
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About the Author

Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941) was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. Between the two world wars, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Woolf suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life and committed suicide by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Virginia Woolf's classic novel Mrs. Dalloway is an interesting and challenging read. The plot is simple enough, but the writing is complex and challenges the reader to understand the text in ways that many are not accustomed to. The stream-of-consciousness style is not often used in novels written for today's audiences.
I found myself relying on an online study guide to help me interpret what was happening in the story. I often had to reread passages several time, thinking critically about the meanings and then referring to other's interpretations of the work to help me comprehend what was happening. Perhaps this is a byproduct of growing up in the information age, and expecting all the answers to be readily available, without having to work for them.
The various characters in Mrs. Dalloway are relatable and you empathize with them. You want to know more about them and get even more inside their heads. However, due to the style of writing, this is difficult. As you read the novel you loose track of whose thoughts you are currently reading, and what their objective for the day is. There are so many a characters that it is hard to keep track of them all and this is unfortunate, because you want to stay connected with them all. Their lives, while simple, are engaging and leave the reader wanting to be invited to Clarissa Dalloway's party, simply to meet all of them.
I recommend this novel to anyone who is up for a challenging read. It truly is a classic novel that everyone should read. If you are willing to put in the work, the story will reward you. Virginia Woolf was one of the most prolific and influential writers of the 20th century, and Mrs. Dalloway proves why this is true.
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By Daffy Bibliophile TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 27 2015
Format: Paperback
Yes, this is a difficult book to read, it requires cooperation between the writer and the reader, but it definitely has its moments that make the effort worthwhile. What there is of a plot takes place on one beautiful sunny June day in London. From morning to night the reader is introduced to various individuals who are all tied together in one way or another. I was really impressed with the way Virginia Woolf takes the reader from the mind and thoughts of one character effortlessly to the mind of another character; I think that's the strength of this novel. A word of advice: if you're looking for a novel with a traditional plot and traditional characters, this isn't it.
A novel like "Mrs. Dalloway" using interior monologue is not for everyone and it does take a bit of getting used to. But it is an excellent way for the author to allow the reader access to her thoughts on friendship, marriage, a sense of self identity within women, aging, social change, the aftermath of war and insanity. I will have to read this book again, at least once, to do it full justice. This is a novel that requires time - time after you've read it to let it drift in and out of your thoughts until the pieces start to fall together. It can be a difficult novel to read but it stays with you in a nice way; no good thing comes easily.
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Format: Audio Cassette
"Wealth makes many friends,
But the poor is separated from his friend." -- Proverbs 19:4 (NKJV)

Think of Mrs. Dalloway as being the anti-Ulysses (the James Joyce's masterpiece). The concepts for the novels are similar, but the styles are polar opposites. I recommend becoming familiar with both works in order to appreciate the different ways that character studies can be developed during a day by relying extensively on thought life. Both are brilliant, but in much different ways.

Mrs. Dalloway is English, delicate, fussy, ornate, and feminine. Ulysses is Irish, crude, unrestrained, common, and masculine.

What stands out the most about Mrs. Dalloway are the many original descriptive sentences and phrases that look as though they went through 200 rewritings to be so polished and complete. Their expressions overwhelm the story at time because the reader is left gasping at a stunning turn of phrase or an idea. In writing, you can sit and admire and forget to read on.

A blessing of listening to the excellent reading by Virginia Leishman is that the brilliant writing is better integrated into the story by forcing you to keep going. I enjoyed the experience. I don't want to discourage you from reading the book first, but I believe you will appreciate the overall craft more if you listen before reading. It's the same advice I provide for William Faulkner's books. There's a beauty in the oral expression that is otherwise lost.

I found the story to feel a little dated. I also found myself not being terribly engaged by Mrs. Dalloway or her husband. That's a pretty big problem to have when listening to or reading a novel. Someone today who wrote historical fiction about this period would do it differently.
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Format: Paperback
So im a 17 year girl who read this for fun in 2 days. the first 30 pages are tough, especially if you arent used to the language. this is my first book by VW. I came away amazed at woolf's ability to write, she is now my favorite female writer ever. One thinks it is only the story of mrs dalloway but it contains lives of others. I love septimus. ALl i can say is that it kicks butt and you should read it.
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