Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
I had always wanted to read Virginia Woolf ,so I guessed this would be a safe read.Not totally disappointed I must say. The story spans across the events occurring on one particular day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway. On this day she is hosting a party at her place. As the day unfolds Clarissa reminisces on her past. Taking a walk down the memory lane she comes across certain incidents , where she wonders if she made the right choices. She meets her former suitor Peter Walsh whose character is so totally opposite to that of her husband Richard Dalloway, a domineering man who has hardly shown his feelings towards his wife in the recent past.The other characters in the story are Septimus Smith and his wife Lucrezia.Mental illness that Septimus is said to be suffering , as the result of his war injuries and shock are dealt by the doctors of the time with insensitivity and utter callousness.A point to ponder over.
Clarissa’s party has people, whom we have met throughout the book in her memories of past.People who have changed for good and bad.Some who haven’t changed at all.People, who make up a portion of her life , which Clarissa holds so dear.A society life she so likes because it brings people to gather.
Clarissa clearly knows that she doesn’t have a happy marriage but being the wife of man with political ambition is no easy job.She entertains her guests keeping in mind their likes and dislikes ,which may have effect on her husband’s career. Clarissa fulfills her role perfectly depicting Woolf ‘s liking for portraying a strong minded woman..
Though the monologues can get a wee bit stretchy, its still a great book.I had seen it on the list on Top 100 books on a website recently , so I am glad I did read this book.Also its my entry for Buy One Book And Read It Challenge