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Mrs. Dalloway's Party by Virginia Woolf
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May 02, 10

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Read from April 27 to 29, 2010

Some of the stories offer a perspective on the different paths the novel could have taken. The novel is probably sleeker without Mrs. Dalloway wondering whether to buy Cranford for Milly, but I love how she reflects on the episode of the cow in flannel and laments the humor and self-respect(!) that kind of writing embodied.
It's fascinating to follow the alternate routes novel might have taken. But the value of the stories go beyond that. Like her essays and novels, these stories capture "moments of being," vividly experienced slices of time, flashes of light that illuminate a personality. The stories, mostly about conversations between people at party often wonderfully juxtapose the sharply observed surface of a conversation with depths of their interior life, as if Woolf is unraveling infinite riches compacted into a moment.
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