Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway

Interesting to see how much you forget in a few years. I'd read this book before, in 2005, but reading it now it almost felt new. Perhaps it's because Mrs Dalloway doesn't really have a plot? Probably. Well, it's a good thing really. Since this re-read hardly felt like a re-read the book impressed me all over again. It was still as hard to go through as last time, but it was just as rewarding in the end. It's quite brilliant, the way the characters' minds are linked by all sorts of subtle remarks and parallels. And all the techniques Woolf uses - cinematographic cuts and zoomings, free indirect discourse - they still amaze me. Mrs Dalloway is certainly a difficult read, but once you overcome its resistance and start enjoying it you'll want to come back to it again and again. At least, that's how I feel.

27 February 2008

Oxford University Press, 2000
Originally published 1925


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