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Book Thoughts: Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)

I did not expect to love this one as much as I did!


Title: Mrs Dalloway
Author: Virginia Woolf
Genre: Fiction/Classic
First published: 1925
Edition: Hardback, published by Guild Publishing in 1979

In this vivid portrait of one day in a woman’s life, Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation while in her mind she is much more than a perfect society hostess. As she readies her house, she is flooded with far-away remembrances. And, met with the realities of the present, Clarissa reexamines the choices she has made, hesitantly looking ahead to growing old. 


First line(s):

Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.


This one was such a nice surprise. I went in without any knowledge of what it was about or any expectations. The only novel I read by the author previously was To The Lighthouse and to be honest I did not get on with that one that well. This one was far more up my street. In fact, this was a very ‘me’ book.

I love how the story kind of quietly meanders along as it makes its way through a single day in Mrs Dalloway and her high society acquaintances’ lives. It ambles along fluttering from character to character, never settling very long, but just long enough. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. There were a few times I was confused and I was not quite sure who’s thoughts I was reading, but overall it was pretty clear.

I enjoyed being in the character’s heads for a little while before seeing the person from someone else’s perspective. There is a lot of social commentary, but it also touched quite heavily on PTSD, which of course was not really recognised at the time.

I absolutely adored the writing and the quiet quaintness of this novel and I kind of fell in love with it along the way. Maybe me and Virginia Woolf can get on after all.

A gem of a book.

7 out of 7 stars

CAWPILE score: 9.4

  • Characters: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Writing Style: 9.5
  • Plot: 9
  • Intrigue: 9
  • Logic: 10
  • Enjoyment: 9.5

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