Tuesday, August 12

Mrs. Dalloway

Title: Mrs. Dalloway

Author: Virginia Woolf

Pages: 216

Summary: As Mrs. Dalloway prepares for the party she is giving that evening, a series of events intrudes on her composure. Her husband is invited, without her, to lunch with Lady Bruton (who, Clarissa notes anxiously, gives the most amusing luncheons). Meanwhile, Peter Walsh appears, recently from India, to criticize and confide in her. His sudden arrival evokes memories of a distant past, the choices she made then, and her wistful friendship with Sally Seton. Woolf then explores the relationships between women and men, and between women, as Clarissa muses, "It was something central which permeated; something warm which broke up surfaces and rippled the cold contact of man and woman, or of women together.... Her relation in the old days with Sally Seton. Had not that, after all, been love?" While Clarissa is transported to past afternoons with Sally, and as she sits mending her green dress, Warren Smith catapults desperately into his delusions. Although his troubles form a tangent to Clarissa's web, they undeniably touch it, and the strands connecting all these characters draw tighter as evening deepens. As she immerses us in each inner life, Virginia Woolf offers exquisite, painful images of the past bleeding into the present, of desire overwhelmed by society's demands. (Taken from Goodreads)

My Rating:
7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was my first book I read by Virgina Woolf, and it was very good. Although I didn't like the story so much, it brings up a lot of issues the character would have faced during the time and a lot of issues a lot of women faced during that time. Part of the reason it is so likable, is it's ability to connect to these issues, but still tell a story that's enjoyable where you can explore the lives of these characters. One of my favourite aspects of this novel is Woolf's elegant writing. It is so beautiful and flows so well, you really enjoy the book, even if the story isn't has eventful or good as other's you've read. I never see this style anymore, but Virgina Woolf has done it perfectly, the words come to the page and tell a wonderful story though elegant style of words.

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend this to read, but I suggest reading to the Lighthouse first. I liked it better. Both books are great reads, but I didn't like this one as much.

What to read next: To the Lighthouse, Waves and Orlando all by Woolf. I haven't read the last two, but I have heard amazing things about them. Also Atwood and George Eliot. I've heard great things about both, and experienced Atwood first hand.

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