Modern Classics Mrs Dalloway by Virginia WoolfModern Classics Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Modern Classics Mrs Dalloway

byVirginia WoolfForeword byElaine ShowalterEditorStella Mcnichol

Paperback | May 30, 2000

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A brand new series of five of Woolf's major works, in beautifully designed hardback editions On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax. Here, Virginia Woolf perfected the interior monologue and the novel's lyricism and accessibility have made it one of her most popular works.
Born in 1882, Virginia Woolf was the daughter of the editor and critic Leslie Stephen, and suffered a traumatic adolescence after the deaths of her mother, in 1895, and her step-sister Stella, in 1897, leaving her subject to breakdowns for the rest of her life. She was drawn into the company of writers and artists such as Lytton Strach...
Title:Modern Classics Mrs DallowayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.76 × 5.07 × 0.67 inPublished:May 30, 2000Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from All in a single day, yet near parallel universes of times are travelled. No special knowledge or degree in anything is needed to fully enjoy this wonderful Woolf outing. It makes a great entry place to begin reading her oeuvre. It can be easy, today, to miss why this book was groundbreaking literature but that is because Woolf did break new ground in her writing style, a form that has become well used since. There is plot even though everything happens in a single day yet the book is primarily character driven and we move through situations beginning with the perspective of one person and shifting seamlessly, sometimes almost invisibly to the point of view of another person. It's like time travel though the action does happen all in one day. Just relax and let the story wash over you, the rewards are there and the lovely turns of phrase are everywhere found throughout the novel. People who need a completely linier story line told only from one perspective may indeed struggle with this book. Pulp fiction this isn't but neither is is highbrow. The characters are well crafted and one feels one knows them and learns a good deal about how people view the same circumstances from very different perspectives.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Oblique A landmark book for a variety of reasons, which are interesting to discuss, but you basically need a PhD in English literature to have any hope of participating in the discussion.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great concept Enjoyed discussing this book more than reading it, but the discussions certainly helped me appreciate it even more.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful day in the life of Mrs D This is my favourite of Virginia Woolf's books. It's overwhelming at times, but that's the beauty. It is such a wonderfully intricate and well-thought-out story set on a day in June about a woman throwing a party and learning more about her self and life at an older age. It's worth while to read this book, at any age, and to keep going even when the language gets dense.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to access but deeply satisfying read I think this work is best read in the context of an English class. It jumps from perspective to perspective so it may be a bit confusing at times. But once you figure out how to tell whose perspective you are reading at a given time, the novel flows beautifully. There is so much happening even though it's just about regular townspeople. I felt like the different perspectives really made the story more complete.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I really didn't like it I just can't get into it, the details are too much #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from painful I found this book boring and painful to read.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Not my favorite of VS's books, but still undeniably great
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Infinitely Rewarding Who knew that a book with no plot could be so stirring. The characters are beautifully rendered and one gets to know them, it seems as though no one knows more about the world which we inhabit than Virginia Woolf. She does not simply deserve to be know as someone who disrupts convention but as an acute observer of people.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Takes effort This is not the easiest read. It takes effort and concentration as the writing style is written in a way that would represent a person's stream of consciousness. However, it is a decent story and the payoff might be worth it to some.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Focus Woolf is hard for me to follow, but with effort I can... its not an easy read for sure but well worth the effort
Date published: 2016-11-25
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

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.