1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2014
I can understand why Virginia Woolf is held in such high regard, but for entertainment purposes do not go anywhere near this novel. Possibly the most dull story ever written.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2014
Mrs Dalloway was published in 1925 and the novel centres on one day’s events in London during June. Clarissa Dalloway, wife of the MP Richard Dalloway is throwing a party and so she goes to buy some flowers. Along the way we are given a description of Westminster’s sights and sounds and we are shown a sketch of Mrs Dalloway’s life through her memories and a glimpse of her inner-most feelings. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) utilises the interior monologue (stream of consciousness) technique for which she is best known and the novel develops through the dimensions of the character; Clarissa is brought to life from all angles and viewpoints. By contrast, we also meet the poor shell-shocked Septimus Warren Smith, who at the end of the day throws himself from a window to his death. The news of his death is carried to Clarissa’s party by a Harley Street Doctor.
The novel reveals a post war social system and captures the contrasting mood of its characters. A modernist classic and Woolf at her best!