“Mrs. Dalloway” — My first Virginia Woolf

“Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”

mrsdallowayThus begins Virginia Woolf’s novel about a woman planning a party. That is all there is to the plot — at a glance. A second glance, however, brings many more intricacies and initially unseen details that lurk about the pages, hiding between lines of Mrs. Woolf’s brilliantly descriptive and metaphorical proze. In the end, Mrs. Dalloway is about a woman struggling to find meaning in her life, a man looking for constancy, a young soldier haunted by fears and memories, his young wife feeling homesick and helpless, a worker fed up with her work; it is about the idle rich and the hard-working poor, unhappy fortunate and happy misers, and so many more things…

Virginia Woolf’s writing, although beautiful, tends to overpower the plot sometimes, making it

I adore this photograph of her!

I adore this photograph of her!

hard to keep track of events and transitions. But I loved the style!(On a personal note, I was influenced by this style and “borrowed” it for my NaNoWriMo novel; which is another example of how a writer’s current reading can affect his writing. Always does for me, … a poor amateur still in search of her own writing voice.) The novel was an experimental one, or so the back of the book suggests. That knowledge made me excuse the few flaws (what I would call flaws) that I found during reading it. Mrs Dalloway  was my first Virginia Woolf work, too, and I am looking forward to more. There is something about the author herself, that makes her writing so attractive to me. Perhaps it is her tragic life and death (I was shocked upon finding out the horrible details of her suicide). Perhaps it is her striking feminism. Perhaps it is everything about her altogether, including her demure frame. In any case, I plan on revisiting Mrs Dalloway, and venturing toward Woolf’s other works. For now, however, this read gets just this much from me:



4 responses to ““Mrs. Dalloway” — My first Virginia Woolf

  1. How exciting to be discovering Woolf for the first time! I think that you’ll find her other novels even more experimental (maybe read “To the Lighthouse” before “The Waves” as the “The Waves” is her most ambitious in terms of form and style).

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