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Mrs. Dalloway (Annotated)
Harcourt is proud to introduce new annotated editions of three Virginia Woolf classics, ideal for the college classroom and beyond. For the first time, students reading these books will have the resources at hand to help them understand the text as well as the reasons and methods behind Woolf's writing. We've commissioned the best-known Woolf scholars in the field to provi...more
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It's a pioneering modernist work, which means (among other things) that it's relatively difficult reading. It has zero dirty parts. It's…moreSure, yes.
It's a pioneering modernist work, which means (among other things) that it's relatively difficult reading. It has zero dirty parts. It's brilliant.(less)
Our lives are an elaborate and exquisite collage of moments. Each moment beautiful and powerful on their own when reflected upon, turned about and examined to breath in the full nostalgia for each glorious moment gone by, yet it is the compendium of moments that truly form our history of individuality. Yet, what is an expression of individuality if it is not taken in relation to all the lives around us, as a moment in history, a drop in a multitud ...more
There I said it. Some authors you just don’t get on with, and Woolf is right down the bottom of my shit list. I’ve got quite a few reasons why:
So there’s a trend with each and every new artistic movement which involves pissing all over the one that came before it. The newness asserts its dominance by destroying the old; it’s happened many times over history in all forms of artifice, whether it be literature, music, paintings or media in today’s society. ...more
I didn't realize, until the final page, at its heart, MRS. DALLOWAY is a love story. I absolutely loved this book.
Mrs. Dalloway is a complex and compelling novel. It is wrongly described as a portrait of a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway; this is not correct. Mrs. Dalloway is the hub that connects the spokes, the characters of Woolf's novel, but there is no main character. What this book is, is a wonderf ...more
I love travelling by train, and this is one of the best environments for reading. Luckily I got a seat for myself and the coach is pleasant. There is so much light. How enjoyable!
What a funny way to start the book. Someone says that Clarissa Dalloway is setting off to buy the flowers. But here is the famous quote What a lark!, what a plunge!, but it is not quite at the beginning of the book and cannot quite join other iconic beginnings like Call me Ishmael.. or Longtemps je me suis couché de bon ...more
THE TERMINATOR 2 OF DOILEYS
I can see why people hate Mrs-Dalloway-the-book (there are a fair few this-is-so-boring-I-lit-myself-on-fire kind of one/two star reviews) because Mrs Dalloway-the-book is the Terminator 2 of doileys, ribbons, and fetching hats, the Die Hard 4 of a sunny day in London, 1923, the Apocalypto of curtains and place mats and memories of moonlight boating parties; and the Transformers of wondering if you married the right person.
You have to get into Mrs Woolf’s style, which ...more
On the surface, this appears to be a boring little account of a boring woman getting ready for throwing a boring snobbish party at the end of the depicted day, with various interludes and people wandering around London during the course of the day, thinking all sorts of freeflowing thoughts and having flashbacks to their pasts. ...but every time you examine this novel to try and critique it, something new about the nove ...more
I expected this novel to be difficult. However, it wasn't difficult at all. It was an enormous pleasure.
I was struck by the preponderance of verbs .
The novel might happen in the head of Clarissa Dalloway or the other characters, but they are observing activity and their thoughts reflect it.
It is more dynamic than passive or self-conscious or self-reflective.
It was less a stream of consciousness, than a consciousness of life as a stream or a number of streams, ...more
Mrs D is just so eloquent that I've decided to let her do the talking - via Virginia, of course: She was not old yet. She had just broken into her fifty-second year. Months and months of it were still untouched. June, July, August! Each still remained almost whole, and, as if to catch the falling drop, Clarissa (crossing to the dressing-table) plunged into the very heart of the moment, transfixed it, there - the moment of this June morning on which the pressure of all th ...more
This is the third time I've started it. Not because I 'couldn't get into it' or anything like that, more because I can't bear to have to put it down at all...
I'm just spellbound.
Woolf has been a dangling presence for me in the past however many years...I went through about a hundred pages apiece of this and lighthouse and saw something profound...I think I lost the copies of them or something else interrupted. I put it on the shelf and left it for another time...
Well, the time is now.
I've a ...more
Update from 8/25/2014
I really enjoy Virginia Woolf's writing and a ...more
This woman...sorry, this person was brilliant, particularly in the realm of intuition expressed through microcosm-like paragraphs. Worlds ...more
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 th...more
3 1/2 stars
I am so glad there isn’t someone writing down every thought that comes to my head Stranger Than Fiction style, otherwise I’d probably come across as emotionally labile as the majority of characters we meet over the course of a day on the streets of London. One moment Clarissa Dalloway seems perfectly content with her life, yet one only needs to turn the page and suddenly darkness comes over her like a wave and emptiness pervades her soul (what? you think I'm be ...more
خانم دالووی (دالاوی) - (رواق، زمان نو) سه ترجمه از کتاب هست: پرویز داریوش، فرزانه طاهری؛ خجسته کیهان
رمان «خانم دالاوی» در سال 1925 و به شیوه ی جریان سیال ذهن نوشته شد. (جریان سیال ذهن شکل خاصی از روایت داستان است که مشخصه های اصلی آن پرشهای زمانی پی در پی، درهم ریختگی دستوری و نشانه گذاری، تبعیت از زمان ذهنی شخصیت داستان و گاه نوعی شعرگونگی در زبان) در رمان خانم دالاوی، ماجراها از یک صبح تا شب در شهر لندن روی میدهند. داستان با کلاریسا دالاوی، (خانم دالاوی) آغاز، ...more
That is to say, to be honest, it does nothing happening. The fact is that we are prepared there and participates in a vague social evening. This is not insignificant, perhaps, but still we admit that it is not too far from it.
Yet it is in complete disregard of the emptiness of the romantic frame of this masterpiece, because what happens there really worth, it's a real literary revolution!
It is because there has already been a time when women did not have the ...more
Some may praise the stream of consciousness as brilliant and innovative but it really just makes the text as undesirable of a read as possible. All of the characters are hypocritical and bland, and develop absolutely no sympathy. There is absolutely no plot, for a book that follows a ...more
Reading Mrs Dalloway is like being rushed through a slideshow of images, none of them being very pretty to look at but each one of them vividly detailed. And all these images are meticulously stitched together by the words of a masterful writer, considered one of the best among her contemporaries ...more
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During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length es ...more