Feb 16, 10
Recommended to Madeline by:
Read from February 14 to 15, 2010
1. Good books are harder to review than bad ones, and Mrs. Dalloway is a very good book.
2. Obviously, the best thing about the book is Woolf's difficult, serpentine sentences: they are amazing. Every bit of the reading experience is a challenge, making the book as a whole something like a really excellent puzzle (a Rubik's cube, maybe - except that's not it, this book is a much lovelier and stranger kind of puzzle). I expect it's also kind of a turn off for some people, because the way it is written is difficult, and it often blurs the lines upon which readers rely.
3. I also really liked how human the book was. It is both critical and tolerant of people, and it is never, ever, ever bored by them.