“She had the perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very, dangerous to live even one day.” – Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway

A quick #BookSnapSunday post, picked an old favourite Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, outwardly such a gentle read and yet Woolf manages to plunge the depths of the human condition in this remarkable short novel. Without question one of the best novels of the 20th century. A novel about time and trauma, class and identity one of my favourite novels. In a day Woolf captures lifetimes, the life of the privileged Clarissa Dalloway and the life of the traumatised Septimus. I feel it could be time for a re-read. The image really needed a clock but I did not have anything of a convenient size.

Woolf is such a remarkable writer, as innovative as Joyce but far more readable. Have you read any of her works? Do you have a favourite?

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

  1. Lovely photo Sharon. Is that bubbly in the glass? I missed Book Snap this week due to a headache and I’ve been a bit slow in reading posts due to a terrible NDIS review meeting this week. Will be posting something about that soon. I’ve only ever read Mrs Dalloway and that was quite some years ago. I’m afraid I was a bit puzzled by it then. I read it after watching the film The Hours. I probably should have done a bit of background reading but that was before I started studying English Lit. Next year I have to read To the Lighthouse for Modernism in Semester One. I’d like to read Mrs Dalloway again, as well as some other of Woolf’s works – I might understand it a bit better this time.

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    1. Sorry Karen I have been a bit missing in action of late too, sorry to hear about NDIS problems. I wish it was bubbly but had to make do with what I could find at the time. The Hours is a great movie and book, clever and I can see how that would influence your experience of Mrs Dalloway. I think she is one of those authors that require a bit of maturity to really appreciate but A room of one’s own had a big impact on me when I read it many, many years ago. I quite like To the Lighthouse but they are slow reads I guess and not to everyone’s taste. But then I am afraid I have never been able to finish Joyce’s Ulysses. I have always meant to read Orlando by Woolf and yet for some reason I have never managed to get around to it,

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      1. I think living in the digital age has affected the way we read and we can be too impatient for slow reads. I’ve heard quite a few readers recommend A Room of One’s Own and I would like to be able to appreciate her work, being such a significant writer. I haven’t read any Joyce yet, but I do have to read The Dubliners next year as well for Modernism. We’ll be reading some poetry too, which I’m looking forward to. Hoping that I will learn the secret to appreciating poetry. Hope all is well.

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      2. Poetry sounds great, is T.S. Eliot on the reading list? He is one of my favourites but I have to confess to not reading a lot of the modern poets.

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      3. Yes, T.S. Eliot and poetry from WWI. I remember doing Wilfred Owen at high school, but Donne really turned me off poetry. Poets probably don’t get as much attention as the big name best sellers. More of a niche market, I suppose, unless readers actively seek them out.

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      4. WWI poets should be good but sad, Owen always makes me so sad when I read him, in such brief lines he bought the horror home.

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