Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted over on Forever Reading that honors those books that we thought sounded good, but we never actually got around to reading them.
Title: Mrs Dalloway
Author: Virginia Woolf
Publication Date: 1925
Added to my shelf: Nov 30, 2012
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. Undeniably triumphant, this is the inspired novelistic outline of human consciousness.
Created from two short stories, “Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street” and the unfinished “The Prime Minister,” the novel addresses Clarissa’s preparations for a party she will host that evening. With an interior perspective, the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of the characters’ minds to construct an image of Clarissa’s life and of the inter-war social structure. In October 2005, Mrs. Dalloway was included on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923.
This is a book I added before I’d read anything else by Virginia Woolf. It seems like a good start, no? Well now I’ve read some of her essays and To the Lighthouse and I feel like I have a basic grasp of her writing style. I never got around to reading this because reading To the Lighthouse was an incredible stream-of-consciousness experience, but I haven’t had the time or energy to devote myself to Woolf’s prose in a way that this book deserves. Mrs Dalloway deserves my full attention, and I know I won’t be reading it until I am able to give it proper focus and priority. (But after writing this, it may be sooner than I thought :P)