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Mrs. Dalloway

Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941

(Paperback - 1990)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mrs. Dalloway
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This brilliant novel explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman's life. Direct and vivid in her account of the details of Clarissa Dalloway's preparations for a party she is to give that evening, Woolf ultimately managed to reveal much more. For it is the feeling behind these daily events that gives Mrs. Dalloway its texture and richness and makes it so memorable.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990
Edition: 1st HarvestHBJ ed
ISBN: 0156628708
9780156628709
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC W
Characteristics: xiv, 194 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jul 17, 2012
  • jdhmsw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rereading this almost 40 years after my first reading and I am amazed at how well it holds up. The writing continues to be wonderful and engaging. The social commentary implicit in the characters thoughts and imagination also holds up well, partly as a comment on the class differences in the era in which it was written and in some extrapolations to politcal and social context of today. I do still see the threads of feminist stance which affirmed me as a young adult and which are still relevant today.

Jan 17, 2012

"Virginia Woolf’s famous novel may be about the titular rich lady preparing for a party, but it’s also about Septimus Smith — a shell-shocked World War I veteran who is haunted by the battlefield death of a friend and who serves as a sort of dark mirror for Clarissa Dalloway. If Trumbo’s Johnny is beyond help physically, then Septimus is in a similar place mentally, unable to control his thoughts and reintegrate himself into life in London with his wife. What makes Woolf’s depiction of post-traumatic stress so compelling is her ability to get into the character’s head, beautifully expressing his neurotic, obsessive thoughts."
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Sep 15, 2011
  • ParkRidgeRS rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Our book club described Virginia Woolf's novel as frantic, intense, and difficult to read. They also found the book to be sad, boring, twisted, dizzying and depressing. Participants said that it had too many semi-colons, was too overly descriptive, long-winded, and jumped around too much. The few who did enjoy it did so because it had beautiful language, was like listening to a manic depressive person and it could be summed up as Woolf may have been saying that the heart matters, not the brain.

Feb 27, 2009
  • nadian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Using, what seems at first to be, a simple plot, Woolf created an intricate novel filled with the very essence of daily life and human nature. A masterpiece!

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