Modern Classics Mrs Dalloway

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Modern Classics Mrs Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf
Foreword by Elaine Showalter
Editor Stella Mcnichol

Penguin UK (PB) | May 25, 2000 | Trade Paperback

Modern Classics Mrs Dalloway is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.

Clarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party and remembering those she once loved. In another part of London, Septimus Warren Smith is shell-shocked and on the brink of madness. Smith’s day interweaves with that of Clarissa and her friends, their lives converging as the party reaches its glittering climax.

Past, present and future are brought together one momentous June day in 1923.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.75 in

Published: May 25, 2000

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141182490

ISBN - 13: 9780141182490

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from "One could not be in love twice" Virginia Woolf once asked herself: “How can one weigh and shape dialogue till each sentence tears the shingles in the bottom of the reader’s soul?” I am not aware of her answer to this question, but I think Woolf was quite successful, if she attempted to answer it with her immortal classic, “Mrs. Dalloway.” At first it seems as though Mrs. Dalloway cares for nothing but her party, but this terse book much more profound than mere ramblings and on-goings of the upper-class English society. It is set in 1920s London, merely years after the horrible suffering of the First World War. Everything happens in the novel in one ordinary day – from the morning when Mrs. Dalloway goes to buy her flowers to her evening party. We meet different characters throughout London, we feel their feelings, try to grasp their ideas, and wonder what was it all for? Or for that matter, what is this all for? Why precisely are we here? But perhaps nothing stands out more than Woolf’s writing; her words dance rhythmically on every sentences and makes an unforgettable lyric. At first, I read eight pages, then went back again to the first page to begin again. It was as though I wanted to consume all these words. The reason why I withheld from giving five stars is because it lacks dialouge; hence Woolf's otherwise beautiful prose can be in the danger of becoming dry. Nevertheless, very highly recommended to all the lovers of English literature and young, aspiring writers.
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book to read! The timeless classic Mrs. Dalloway is named a classic for a reason. Brilliance comes easily to the astound author Virginia Woolf who keeps the audience gripped in this remarkable page turner. Woolf, known for her very unique form of writing wonderfully titled as “stream of consciousness” makes the reader feel as if they are in their own little world enveloped in the lives of Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway and the ever popular Mr. Warren Smith. The novel is centered on Mrs. Dalloway and the much anticipated party in which she is preparing for. Through out her shopping excursion we are introduced to her past, present and future. Mrs. Dalloway is the narrative. This newly founded approach puts the reader in a much different time frame and position that he/she is used to. It gives the reader a sense of not knowing, and finds themselves questioning the facts. Today, readers are used to being the omniscient reader who has been given all of the facts, but Woolf has taken that away from the reader to something raw and fresh. I recommend everyone to read this novel for several of reasons. I believe everyone should experience Ms. Woolf’s style in writing in Mrs. Dalloway at least once, if not more, in their lifetime. The story itself is a classic and although my not be for everyone, has highlights that cannot be ignored. Finally, I ultimately recommend my fellow literature enthusiast to read this book because it has this remarkable talent to spark something in you that you never thought was there in the first place. Once you have experience one work of Virginia Woolf, you will be craving more.
Date published: 2005-12-05

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Modern Classics Mrs Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf
Foreword by Elaine Showalter
Editor Stella Mcnichol

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.75 in

Published: May 25, 2000

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141182490

ISBN - 13: 9780141182490

From the Publisher

Clarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party and remembering those she once loved. In another part of London, Septimus Warren Smith is shell-shocked and on the brink of madness. Smith’s day interweaves with that of Clarissa and her friends, their lives converging as the party reaches its glittering climax.

Past, present and future are brought together one momentous June day in 1923.

From the Jacket

Clarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party and remembering those she once loved. In another part of London, Septimus Warren Smith is shell-shocked and on the brink of madness. Smith’s day interweaves with that of Clarissa and her friends, their lives converging as the party reaches its glittering climax.

Past, present and future are brought together one momentous June day in 1923.

About the Author

Clarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party and remembering those she once loved. In another part of London, Septimus Warren Smith is shell-shocked and on the brink of madness. Smith’s day interweaves with that of Clarissa and her friends, their lives converging as the party reaches its glittering climax.

Past, present and future are brought together one momentous June day in 1923.

From Our Editors

A masterpiece from Virginia Woolf, this is the story of Clarissa Dalloway, the ebullient wife of a Member of Parliament at the end of the Second World War. While preparing for an evening party her old lover returns from India, while in another part of London Septimus Warren Smith is going mad from shell shock. Mrs. Dalloway is a day-in-the-life of the lost generation, a portrait of separate lives yearning for beauty and love lost during the war, while embracing life’s few precious moments.
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