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Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

Written by Virginia Woolf

Narrated by Juliet Stevenson


Mrs Dalloway

Written by Virginia Woolf

Narrated by Juliet Stevenson

ratings:
4/5 (363 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Apr 1, 2010
ISBN:
9789629549374
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Description

It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day. Luminously beautiful, Mrs Dalloway uses the internal monologues of the characters to tell a story of inter-war England. With this, Virginia Woolf changed the novel forever.
Released:
Apr 1, 2010
ISBN:
9789629549374
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as ebookEbook

About the author

Virginia Woolf was an English novelist, essayist, short story writer, publisher, critic and member of the Bloomsbury group, as well as being regarded as both a hugely significant modernist and feminist figure. Her most famous works include Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and A Room of One’s Own.



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  • (4/5)
    Not the most entertaining book but an interesting writing style. Needs good concentration to not miss a change in the storyline.
  • (4/5)
    woman plans to kill herself or have a dinner party
  • (3/5)
    I really wanted to love this book but had a really hard time with it. It honestly was a struggle to get through.

    The positive: The imagery and the descriptive writing was beautiful. It was a unique story in the sense of being able to get into the minds and thoughts of so many diverse characters.

    The negative: There was really no plot to speak of. The entire book was one day about a party being thrown at night. However, the party was simply the backdrop for Woolf being able to look through the thoughts and judgements of her characters.

    I really don't know what else to say about this book. I enjoyed the early pages because of the interesting style. However, this wore me down after a while. Also, the idea that most people came across as cynical to me lessened the enjoyment of the story for me.

    I will try Woolf again but my expectations will not be as high.
  • (4/5)
    I've been thinking about this book, on and off, since I finished listening to it. It didn't so much end as just stopped... but I may be mistaken about that. It seems so transparent, like clear topical water, but has surprising depth once you step in. Definitely, definitely need to read/listen to this one again.
  • (3/5)
    Finally finished, after nearly two years. I'm not sorry I made the effort to read this, despite it not being my sort of thing. Woolf's writing style is unlike anyone else's, and I have developed my intellect by reading an act nobody can follow. The stream of consciousness technique is intriguing but I found it tiring to read - because it's so different from the usual things-happen way of things, maybe. For me, deciding to read a book like this is a commitment. A decision is taken to read, and not taken lightly. There are all sorts of lighter books I might have spent this time on instead, and although I alternated this reading journey with hundreds of other books, I continued it to its end. Thank you, Ms. Woolf.
  • (2/5)
    This book has no chapters and is basically the stream of consciousness of Mrs Dalloway during one day. It was difficult to read without the natural chapter breaks. The style also didn't suit me--the author just lists random things that the character has seen without explaining why they are relevant or what they relate to. She does this in the middle of other trains of thought which can be confusing. There was nothing offensive about this book, I just didn't get on with it.