Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf

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Mrs Dalloway is a novel by Virginia Woolf, first published in 1925. The title character first appeared in Woolf's novel, The Voyage Out. This book takes the reader through a single day in the life and thoughts of 51 year old Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party that she is hosting that evening. Going around London reminds her of her youth and as she goes about her day, the reader gets a glimpse into her past. Via her reminiscing, we are also introduced to other characters, such as Septimus Smith, who each have their own narrative - sometimes shifting within a sentence - and most of whom will be at the party later that evening. Mrs Dalloway's stream of consciousness narrative has led some people to compare it to Joyce's Ulysses (which Woolf had read and had not liked). The themes of time and human connections, whether fleeting or more persistent, gives sway to the idea that there can be meaning in even the small details of life. This is accentuated in the novel in the way the characters are constantly reminded of things from their past by simple ideas and things.

№ 3 in The BBC's 100 Greatest British Novels.

№ 46 in The Guardian's 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time.

№ 50 in The Guardian's 100 Best Novels Written In English.

This book has 64,027 words, 94 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1925.

Production notes: This ebook of Mrs Dalloway was published by Global Grey on the 16th October 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Woman in Black' by Ernst Oppler.

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