Mrs Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf | Literature & Fiction |
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Registered by blondgeek47 on 11/30/2004
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by blondgeek47 on Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Releasing it in Vienna on Dec. 1st.

Journal Entry 2 by blondgeek47 at on Thursday, December 2, 2004
Released on Thursday, December 02, 2004 at about 7:00:00 AM BX time (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) at Cafè Schwammerl in Cafe "Zum Schwammerl" 1050 Wien, Wien Austria.


Journal Entry 3 by Karschtl from Wien - irgendwo / Vienna - somewhere, Wien Austria on Monday, December 20, 2004
Heute beim Weihnachts-Stammtisch aus dem Schwammerl mitgenommen.

von Amazon:
As Clarissa Dalloway walks through London on a fine June morning, a sky-writing plane captures her attention. Crowds stare upwards to decipher the message while the plane turns and loops, leaving off one letter, picking up another. Like the airplane's swooping path, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway follows Clarissa and those whose lives brush hers--from Peter Walsh, whom she spurned years ago, to her daughter Elizabeth, the girl's angry teacher, Doris Kilman, and war-shocked Septimus Warren Smith, who is sinking into madness.

As Mrs. Dalloway prepares for the party she is giving that evening, a series of events intrudes on her composure. Her husband is invited, without her, to lunch with Lady Bruton (who, Clarissa notes anxiously, gives the most amusing luncheons). Meanwhile, Peter Walsh appears, recently from India, to criticize and confide in her. His sudden arrival evokes memories of a distant past, the choices she made then, and her wistful friendship with Sally Seton.

Woolf then explores the relationships between women and men, and between women, as Clarissa muses, "It was something central which permeated; something warm which broke up surfaces and rippled the cold contact of man and woman, or of women together.... Her relation in the old days with Sally Seton. Had not that, after all, been love?" While Clarissa is transported to past afternoons with Sally, and as she sits mending her green dress, Warren Smith catapults desperately into his delusions. Although his troubles form a tangent to Clarissa's web, they undeniably touch it, and the strands connecting all these characters draw tighter as evening deepens. As she immerses us in each inner life, Virginia Woolf offers exquisite, painful images of the past bleeding into the present, of desire overwhelmed by society's demands.

My Review: July 2005

This little book was not easy to read, because V. Woolf switches from one character to the next quite often. But she does so very elegantly by linking or picking up the last sentence/thought with the next character who is somewhere else completely. In films such device is called "matching cut". So, regarding style this books was really good. The story was actually no real story, rather a compilation of thoughts of different characters. At the end I wondered why this book is called Mrs Dalloway, because there were other characters that were just as important and had the same amount of text.
Interesting to read something by Woolf, and I think I need this book to understand "The Hours" better (which I still have to read and watch). But generally I rather stick with books that have a plot, since I'm more interested in texts where something is actually happening.

Released 17 yrs ago (7/23/2005 UTC) at Parque Santiago IV in Tenerife - Arona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain



Left in the holidayresort "Parque Santiago IV". There is a little room next to the reception where guest can leave their old books and/or pick out other books.

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