On a perfect June morning, Clarissa Dalloway fashionable, worldly, wealthy, an accomplished hostess sets off to buy flowers for the party she is to give that evening.
She is preoccupied with thoughts of the present and memories of the past, and from her interior monologue emerge the people who have touched her life.
On the same day Septimus Warren Smith, a shellshocked survivor of the Great War, commits suicide, and casual mention of his death at the party provokes in Clarissa thoughts of her own isolation and loneliness.
Bold and experimental, Mrs Dalloway is a landmark in twentieth-century fiction and a book that gets better with each reading.With an Afterword by Anna South.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/09/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781904633242
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Review by stevejwales
A fantastic novel, but to say I enjoyed it might not be exactly the right word as it's not an easy read. It still feels experimental, even nearly 100 years after it was first published, with its stream-of-consciousness style deftly flitting from the mind of one person to the next. All of the characters, however brief a glimpse you get into their heads, feel like complete, real people.