Mrs. Dalloway



Mrs. Dalloway Mrs Dalloway Chronicles A June Day In The Life Of Clarissa Dalloway A Day That Is Taken Up With Running Minor Errands In Preparation For A Party And That Is Punctuated, Toward The End, By The Suicide Of A Young Man She Has Never Met In Giving An Apparently Ordinary Day Such Immense Resonance And Significance Infusing It With The Elemental Conflict Between Death And Life Virginia Woolf Triumphantly Discovers Her Distinctive Style As A Novelist Originally Published In 1925, Mrs Dalloway Is Woolf S First Complete Rendering Of What She Described As The Luminous Envelope Of Consciousness A Dazzling Display Of The Mind S Inside As It Plays Over The Brilliant Surface And Darker Depths Of Reality.

10 thoughts on “Mrs. Dalloway

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    Experiencing Mrs Dalloway is like being a piece of luggage on an airport conveyor belt, traversing lazily through a crowd of passengers, over and around and back again, but with the added bonus of being able to read people s thoughts as they pass this one checking his flight schedule, that one arguing with his wife, the one over there struggling with her cart, bumping into those arguing and checking For the most part, the ride is smooth as Woolf transitions from one consciousness to another But at times, I find myself falling off the conveyor belt Whether this is a result of my own inabilities or whether Woolf s dreamy style leads me naturally astray into my own wanderings, I do not know But I do know that the effort to get back onto her belt are handsomely rewarded.In short, this novel contains some of the most beautiful writing I ve ever seen in print e ink welcome to the 21st century, Mrs D But although quoting long passages in a Goodreads review is not usually my modus operandi, I feel I must do so here just to demonstrate my point Have you ever had your mind so preoccupied with stuff that sometimes a passing comment triggers a strange feeling of not quite right ness, a feeling which stems from the ability of your subconscious to some...

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    What does the brain matter, said Lady Rosseter, getting up, compared with the heart Virginia Woolf Mrs DallowayI didn t realize, until the final page, at its heart, MRS DALLOWAY is a love story I absolutely loved this book Mrs Dalloway is a complex, compelling novel It is wrongly described as a portrait of a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway this is not correct Mrs Dalloway is the hub that connects the spokes, the characters of Woolf s novel, but there is no main character What MRS DALLOWAY is, is a wonderful study of a day in the life of its principal characters The novel enters into the consciousness of the people it takes as it subjects, creating a powerful effect With Mrs Dalloway Woolf created a visceral and unyielding vision of madness and a haunting descent into its depths.Mrs Dalloway follows a set of characters as they go about their lives on a normal day The eponymous character, Clarissa Dalloway, does simple things she buys some flowers, walks in a park, is visited by an old friend and throws a party She speaks to a man who was once in love with her, and who still believes that she settled by marrying her politician husband She talks to a female friend with whom she was o...

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    So on a summer s day waves collect, overbalance, and fall and the whole world seems to be saying that is all and ponderously, until even the heart in the body which lies in the sun on the beach says too, That is all Fear no , says the heart Fear no , says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects, lets fall And the body alone listens to the passing bee the wave breaking the dog barking, far away barking and barking We first meet Clarissa Dalloway and her husband Richard in The Voyage Out Too many pages have been turned since my reading of Virginia Woolf s first novel for me to remember that I ve met them before It is similar to meeting someone at a party and then meeting them again several years later I might have a sliver of memory of meeting them before I always find it awkward to decide to confess that I do have a vague memory of them, potentially subtly unintentionally insulting them, or brazen it out with of course I remember you potential minefield if my slender memory is in fact wrong There is always the option of hitting the resta...

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    While reading her works, I get the impression that Virginia Woolf knows everything about people and that she understands life better than anyone, ever Is there a single hidden feeling or uncommon perspective with which she is not intimately acquainted And does anyone else draw forth these feelings and perspectives with grace and empathy, and impart them to us in such a lush, inimitable fashion Perhaps But you d never think that while immersed in her exquisite, adult dramas In Mrs Dalloway, Woolf s able to achieve complete well roundedness for a half dozen people in a smattering of pages where each person is valuable and each is misguided, where disagreements truly have two or reasonable sides, where issues of right wrong black white are utterly absent, dismissed as child s play, uninteresting Woolf allows her characters to hate as well as to love, and everyone must expose their private, raw feelings to the reader I want to get to know Virginia Woolf I want to absorb her wisdom and to see the world through her eyes, with her soul wise, beautiful, understanding She s one of the few authors whose writing is so evocative and filled with human beings so well drawn that I frequently drift into thoughts of my own life, comparing myself to Peter Walsh or Clarissa Dalloway or Hugh Whitbread or Sally Seton, ferreting out my own shortcomings as I see them gently spread out in Woolf s oh so real characters Many people who ve read Woolf s shorter works admit surp...

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    Virginia Woolf I hate you There I said it Some authors you just don t get on with, and Woolf is right down the bottom of my shit list I ve got quite a few reasons why Artistic slayingSo there s a trend with each and every new artistic movement which involves pissing all over the one that came before it The newness asserts its dominance by destroying the old it s happened many times over history in all forms of artifice, whether it be literature, music, paintings or media in today s society The point is Virginia Woolf is a bitch Here s what she says about my beloved Jane Austen Anyone who has the temerity to write about Jane Austen is aware of two facts first, that of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness second, that there are twenty five elderly gentlemen living in the neighbourhood of London who resent any slight upon her genius as if it were an insult to the chastity of their aunts from A Room of One s Own.And then this With their simple tools and primitive materials, it might be said, Fielding did well and Jane Austen even better, but compare their opportunities with ours Their masterpieces certainly have a strange air of simplicity from Modern Fiction Pffft..Is this woman for real Don t worry Austen, I ve got your back Her Style or lack thereof So Virginia Woolf is one of the defining authors of the modernist movement she wrote the manifesto and she wrote so...

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    Mrs Dalloway is one of those books one is supposed to adore for its disruption of convention and innovative use of time, sound, parallel narrative structure etc While I respect and admire the literary advances VW makes with this novel, I just can t get into it I ve read it three times over the course of my reading life, once at 17 then at 21, and finally just a few months ago I find it sleepy like dozing in a warm insect filled garden, which is not a bad way to spend an afternoon as long as you have some DEET , but ultimately doesn t jolt me into action, revelation, excitemen...

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    Virginia Woolf set out to write an unconventional novel and succeeded, although since she wrote, we have read so many unconventional novels that it seems tame In her introduction to the edition I read, Maureen Howard writes If ever there was a work conceived in response to the state of the novel, a consciously modern novel, it is Mrs Dalloway She may have been influenced by Ulysses because all the action occurs in one day Church bells mark significant events In turn this marking of the day influenced The Hours, a book based on Woolf s life, by Michael Cunningham But unlike in Joyce s work, this is not an ordinary day True, it centers on what we would now call a cocktail party Mrs Dalloway lived for those and hosted them frequently but it s also the day when a former flame of hers the fire on his part, not hers returns from five years in India And it s also a day when one of the characters we follow commits suicide His doctor arrives at the party and announces this to everyone as soon as he s inside the door now there s a downer Through her reflections and that of several other characters we learn the details of Mrs Dalloway s life She s 52, pale, a bit sickly, attractive enough but not beautiful We learn of her husband, a nice man, a government bureauc...

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    Moments like this are buds on the tree of life. Our lives are an elaborate and exquisite collage of moments Each moment beautiful and powerful on their own when reflected upon, turned about and examined to breath in the full nostalgia for each glorious moment gone by, yet it is the compendium of moments that truly form our history of individuality Yet, what is an expression of individuality if it is not taken in relation to all the lives around us, as a moment in history, a drop in a multitude of drops to form an ocean of existence Virginia Woolf enacts the near impossibility in Mrs Dalloway of charting for examination and reflection the whole of a lifeline for multiple characters, all interweaving to proclaim a brilliant portrait of existence itself, all succinctly packaged in the elegant wrappings of a solitary day Akin to Joyce s monumental achievement, Ulysses, Woolf s poetic plunge into the minds and hearts of her assorted characters not only dredges up an impressively multi faceted perspective on their lives as a whole, but delivers a cutting social satire extending far beyond the boundaries of the selective London society that str...

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    698 Mrs Dalloway, Virginia WoolfMrs Dalloway published on 14 May 1925 is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high society woman in post First World War England It is one of W...

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    It s been a while since I last read Mrs Dalloway I d always had it down as her third best book, but falling a fair way short of The Waves and To the Lighthouse Therefore I was surprised by just how much I loved and admired it this time round It s probably her most popular novel because it s intimate, personal and sprightly and warm than her other novels What s most brilliant about it is the easy fluid way she makes of each passing moment a ruffled reservoir of the inner life of her characters Every moment alters the composition, the ebb and flow of memory and identity And everything, very subtly, is experienced in relation to the inevitability of death It s a deeply elegiac novel and one of the finest celebrations of the beauty to be gleaned in the passing moment I can think of She does, now and again, get carried away with her metaphors Extending them until they bear little relation with their starting point, like shadows that have no source In fact so epic and sweeping are her metaphors sometimes usually when she s writing about making fun of men that you think she might have had a copy of The Iliad on her desk while writing this And men get a pretty rough deal on the whole There s probably no richer book about London in the history of literature I remember when I was a skinny nineteen year old thing ...

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