Clarissa Dalloway is the elegant, vivacious wife of a Member of Parliament. On a hot summer's day in London at the end of the First World War, she is preparing for a party that evening - her old lover, Peter Walsh, has just returned from India.
In another part of London, Septimus Warren Smith is going mad with shell-shock.
In prose of astonishing beauty, Virginia Woolf explores how other people live, love and hate and records, through the events of one day, impression by impression and minute by minute, the feel of life itself.
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Clarissa Dalloway is civilised--without the ostentation of a socialite, but with enough distinction to attract them to her parties. She finds excess offensive, but surrounds herself with the highest quality and has an abhorrence for anything ugly or awkward. Mrs. Dalloway is as much a character study as it is a commentary on the ills and benefits society gleans from class. Through Virginia Woolf, we spend a day with Clarissa as she interacts with servants, her children, her husband, and even an ex-lover. As she plans and executes one of her celebrated parties, she reveals inner machinations incongruous with her class-defined behaviors, that ultimately enable her to transcend them.Review:
"Virginia Woolf stands as the chief figure of Modernism in England, and must be included with Joyce and Proust in the realizaztion of experimental acheivements that has completely broken with tradition."-- The New York Times
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Book Description Penguin, 1996. Book Condition: New. 198 pages pb. Fine. New. Unread Penguin Popular Classics. Bookseller Inventory # 10630
Book Description Penguin Books, Limited (UK), 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140282548