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Mrs. Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf

Broadview Press | October 18, 2000 | Trade Paperback

Mrs. Dalloway is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
"Did it matter then, she asked herself, walking towards Bond Street, did it matter that she must inevitably cease completely? All this must go on without her; did she resent it; or did it not somehow become consoling to believe that death ended absolutely? But that somehow in the streets of London, on the ebb and flow of things, here, there, she survived." Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is now generally recognised as the author of two of the twentieth century''s greatest literary works, To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, both of which employ a style of narration that has come to be known as "stream of consciousness," which focuses on the interior-and not always logical-movement of thoughts that make up the better part of most people''s psyches. Woolf''s 1925 novel, Mrs. Dalloway, is about the casualties of early twentieth-century life, and she explores the gendered forms of mental illness, and the social repercussions of feminism, homosexuality, and colonialism. The central consciousness is that of the title character, Clarissa Dalloway, on the day of a dinner party that she is giving. Moving through the relatively uneventful preparations, the arrival of the guests, and the rituals of hosting a party, Clarissa''s thoughts wander across past, present, and into the future. Throughout the relatively mundane actions through which the book follows her, she is slowly revealed by means of her interior monologues of memory and reflection to be a most interesting person who has been squeezed by society into a rather ordinary role. The narrative broadens to include others in her life, most notably Septimus Warren Smith, a shell-shock victim whose life has had no direct connection to Clarissa''s, but who in many ways can be read as a male parallel. This Broadview edition provides a reliable text at a very reasonable price. It contains textual notes but no appendices or introduction.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 194 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.44 in

Published: October 18, 2000

Publisher: Broadview Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155111397X

ISBN - 13: 9781551113975

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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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 194 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.44 in

Published: October 18, 2000

Publisher: Broadview Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155111397X

ISBN - 13: 9781551113975

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"Did it matter then, she asked herself, walking towards Bond Street, did it matter that she must inevitably cease completely? All this must go on without her; did she resent it; or did it not somehow become consoling to believe that death ended absolutely? But that somehow in the streets of London, on the ebb and flow of things, here, there, she survived." Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is now generally recognised as the author of two of the twentieth century''s greatest literary works, To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, both of which employ a style of narration that has come to be known as "stream of consciousness," which focuses on the interior-and not always logical-movement of thoughts that make up the better part of most people''s psyches. Woolf''s 1925 novel, Mrs. Dalloway, is about the casualties of early twentieth-century life, and she explores the gendered forms of mental illness, and the social repercussions of feminism, homosexuality, and colonialism. The central consciousness is that of the title character, Clarissa Dalloway, on the day of a dinner party that she is giving. Moving through the relatively uneventful preparations, the arrival of the guests, and the rituals of hosting a party, Clarissa''s thoughts wander across past, present, and into the future. Throughout the relatively mundane actions through which the book follows her, she is slowly revealed by means of her interior monologues of memory and reflection to be a most interesting person who has been squeezed by society into a rather ordinary role. The narrative broadens to include others in her life, most notably Septimus Warren Smith, a shell-shock victim whose life has had no direct connection to Clarissa''s, but who in many ways can be read as a male parallel. This Broadview edition provides a reliable text at a very reasonable price. It contains textual notes but no appendices or introduction.

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"Did it matter then, she asked herself, walking towards Bond Street, did it matter that she must inevitably cease completely? All this must go on without her; did she resent it; or did it not somehow become consoling to believe that death ended absolutely? But that somehow in the streets of London, on the ebb and flow of things, here, there, she survived." Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) is now generally recognised as the author of two of the twentieth century''s greatest literary works, To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, both of which employ a style of narration that has come to be known as "stream of consciousness," which focuses on the interior-and not always logical-movement of thoughts that make up the better part of most people''s psyches. Woolf''s 1925 novel, Mrs. Dalloway, is about the casualties of early twentieth-century life, and she explores the gendered forms of mental illness, and the social repercussions of feminism, homosexuality, and colonialism. The central consciousness is that of the title character, Clarissa Dalloway, on the day of a dinner party that she is giving. Moving through the relatively uneventful preparations, the arrival of the guests, and the rituals of hosting a party, Clarissa''s thoughts wander across past, present, and into the future. Throughout the relatively mundane actions through which the book follows her, she is slowly revealed by means of her interior monologues of memory and reflection to be a most interesting person who has been squeezed by society into a rather ordinary role. The narrative broadens to include others in her life, most notably Septimus Warren Smith, a shell-shock victim whose life has had no direct connection to Clarissa''s, but who in many ways can be read as a male parallel. This Broadview edition provides a reliable text at a very reasonable price. It contains textual notes but no appendices or introduction.

About the Author

Virginia Woolf was born in London, the daughter of the prominent literary critic Leslie Stephen. She never received a formal university education; her early education was obtained at home through her parents and governesses. After death of her father in 1904, her family moved to Bloomsbury, where they formed the nucleus of the Bloomsbury Group, a circle of philosophers, writers and artists. As a writer, Woolf was a great experimenter. She scorned the traditional narrative form and turned to expressionism as a means of telling her story. Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To The Lighthouse (1927), her two generally acknowledged masterpieces, are stream-of-consciousness novels in which most of the action and conflict occur beneath a surface of social decorum. Mrs. Dalloway, set in London shortly after the end of World War I, takes place on a summer's day of no particular significance, except that intense emotion, insanity, and death intrude.To the Lighthouse's long first and third sections, each of which concerns one day 10 years apart, of the same family's summer holidays, are separated and connected by a lyrical short section during which the war occurs, several members of the family die, and decay and corruption run rampant. Orlando (1928) is the chronological life story of a person who begins as an Elizabethan gentleman and ends as a lady of the twentieth century; Woolf's friend, Victoria Sackville-West, served as the principal model for the multiple personalities. (The book was made
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