Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway

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Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway

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Fev 5, 2009, 12:54pm

Hello everyone--I'm new to the group, and I think it is a great idea! I had coincidentally been reading Mrs. Dalloway when I discovered this group. I just finished it, and I would love to hear others' thoughts on it.

I had approached Woolf with much trepidation in the past, and Mrs. Dalloway was the first of her novels I successfully completed. I feel extremely rewarded, for she is justifiably regarded as a great master of the novel.

I particularly loved (and was moved to tears by) Septimus and Rezia's storyline: so tragic, yet so beautifully woven.

Has anyone else read it?

Fev 5, 2009, 1:20pm

I've read Mrs Dalloway twice, and I loved it too. Have you read The Hours? They play very nicely off each other.

Fev 6, 2009, 3:10pm

I read The Hours first and that led me to its source Mrs Dalloway. I was captivated by Woolf's language. Nothing really happens in the novel but I felt like I knew all the characters, and being of a similar age to Clarissa I can relate to meeting old friends after years have gone by. I was really sad to finish the book. I thought the movie version was quite good too.

Fev 7, 2009, 10:55am

I just purchased Mrs. Dalloway, so once it arrives and I start reading, I'll be able to chat about it.

Fev 20, 2009, 2:32pm

I just started reading The Hours and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed Mrs Dalloway. In fact, I probably enjoy it more in my memory now than I did when I was actually reading it. :P

Clarissa's vitality is what makes it for me, I think. I love how much she obviously loves the world. It's funny that I need to read about this simple love of living in a book, to have it mediate my own passion. The novel is like a magnifying glass enlarging moments and scents and memories that would otherwise go unnoticed, enlarging my own happiness so that I'm better able to see it.