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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
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May 25, 2012

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Read from May 31 to June 25, 2012

I really struggled with this book, but was determined to finish it as it's our June selection for our Goodreads bookclub and being a classic, it's one I wanted to have under my belt. I had expected it to be a tough call as a few in our bookclub said they had tried and failed to read it before. One friend even said, 'I admire your patience!' Well. Hard work is an understatement. I tackled it in small chunks (10 or so pages at a time, which is feasible as the version I have is 140 pages). I certainly learnt about stream-of-consciousness writing and omniscient third person writing, which I have recently come to understand through Elizabeth George's amazing book, 'Write Away'. I also enjoyed Clarissa's clear passion for experiencing the (more upmarket) streets of London on her day out. I do feel rather cheeky rating the book a 3 given the its fame, but it’s my honest opinion. I would only recommend Mrs Dalloway to those with a serious passion for English literature and an interest in psychology, especially post-traumatic stress in veterans. Now I need a good dose of light-hearted fun before I take on our next bookclub challenge!
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Jason I'm glad you did finish this book, Keryn. I think it's rewarding to read something as difficult as Mrs. Dalloway if the payoff is there, which it was for me. It makes it worthwhile.

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