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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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Amazing novel. But on second reading it didn't stand up as well as I had hoped. It read a little too much like a rip of of Proust. The poetry was nice, but not as great as I remember. Maybe it has to do with my own age. The writing's not as great as "To the Lighthouse".

The character of Septimus also lacks some verisimilitude for me; him as a public library man doesn't make any sense at his age; he is either refined or not as a adult. But the truth in the interactions between Clarissa and the two other men (Peter and Richard) and the homoeroticism with Sally is great.

Still one of the best of the novel format.
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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: 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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Format: Paperback
First let me start off by saying that this was a borrowed book from the library as I do not believe in Kindle or "downloading" material. I am sooooo glad it was a borrowed book. I can honestly say that I painfully managed to make it halfway through this book. I believe I stopped at page 74. That was it. It was just a drag from one page to the next.

I truly couldn't "get it". This story is very fragmented unless you are a literary scholar, you will have difficulty understanding the flow of one scene, one character, to the next. I have no idea what was happening other than the occasional moment where there was a lapse in time or there was one guy I sensed was going crazy and seeing things and Clarissa's husband wanting to leave her. Other than that, I got lost and couldn't go no further. As a few reviews state, it is a hard read and hard to follow.

It is supposed to be about an entire day on a woman planning a dinner party but it jumps from one character and scene to the next without warning. There are no chapters, no breaks. It just drags on and on and on. So I gave up.
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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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