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Mrs. Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 24, 1990 | Trade Paperback

Mrs. Dalloway is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
Heralded as Virginia Woolf''s greatest novel, this is a vivid portrait of a single day in a woman''s life. When we meet her, Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation while in her mind she is something much more than a perfect society hostess. As she readies her house, she is flooded with remembrances of faraway times. And, met with the realities of the present, Clarissa reexamines the choices that brought her there, hesitantly looking ahead to the unfamiliar work of growing old.

"Mrs. Dalloway was the first novel to split the atom. If the novel before Mrs. Dalloway aspired to immensities of scope and scale, to heroic journeys across vast landscapes, with Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf insisted that it could also locate the enormous within the everyday; that a life of errands and party-giving was every bit as viable a subject as any life lived anywhere; and that should any human act in any novel seem unimportant, it has merely been inadequately observed. The novel as an art form has not been the same since.
"Mrs. Dalloway also contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century."
--Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 216 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.3 in

Published: September 24, 1990

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156628708

ISBN - 13: 9780156628709

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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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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Mrs. Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 216 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.3 in

Published: September 24, 1990

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156628708

ISBN - 13: 9780156628709

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MRS. DALLOWAY said she would buy the flowers herself. For Lucy had her work cut out for her. The doors would be taken off their hinges; Rumpelmayer''s men were coming. And then, thought Clarissa Dalloway, what a morning-fresh as if issued to children on a beach. What a lark! What a plunge! For so it had always seemed to her, when, with a little squeak of the hinges, which she could hear now, she had burst open the French windows and plunged at Bourton into the open air. How fresh, how calm, stiller than this of course, the air was in the early morning; like the flap of a wave; the kiss of a wave; chill and sharp and yet (for a girl of eighteen as she then was) solemn, feeling as she did, standing there at the open window, that something awful was about to happen; looking at the flowers, at the trees with the smoke winding off them and the rooks rising, falling; standing and looking until Peter Walsh said, "Musing among the vegetables?"-was that it?-"I prefer men to cauliflowers"-was that it? He must have said it at breakfast one morning when she had gone out on to the terrace-Peter Walsh. He would be back from India one o£ these days, June or July, she forgot which, for his letters were awfully dull; it was his sayings one remembered; his eyes, his pocket-knife, his smile, his grumpiness and, when millions of things had utterly vanished-how strange it was!-a few sayings like this about cabbages. She stiffened a little on the kerb, waiting for Durtnall''s van to pass. A charmi
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Heralded as Virginia Woolf''s greatest novel, this is a vivid portrait of a single day in a woman''s life. When we meet her, Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation while in her mind she is something much more than a perfect society hostess. As she readies her house, she is flooded with remembrances of faraway times. And, met with the realities of the present, Clarissa reexamines the choices that brought her there, hesitantly looking ahead to the unfamiliar work of growing old.

"Mrs. Dalloway was the first novel to split the atom. If the novel before Mrs. Dalloway aspired to immensities of scope and scale, to heroic journeys across vast landscapes, with Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf insisted that it could also locate the enormous within the everyday; that a life of errands and party-giving was every bit as viable a subject as any life lived anywhere; and that should any human act in any novel seem unimportant, it has merely been inadequately observed. The novel as an art form has not been the same since.
"Mrs. Dalloway also contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century."
--Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

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VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.

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"Mrs. Dalloway was the first novel to split the atom. If the novel before Mrs. Dalloway aspired to immensities of scope and scale, to heroic journeys across vast landscapes, with Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf insisted that it could also locate the enormous within the everyday; that a life of errands and party-giving was every bit as viable a subject as any life lived anywhere; and that should any human act in any novel seem unimportant, it has merely been inadequately observed. The novel as an art form has not been the same since. Mrs. Dalloway also contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century."
--Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours
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