Synopsis: This brilliant novel explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman?s life. Direct and vivid in her account of the details of Clarissa Dalloway?s preparations for a party she is to give that evening, Woolf ultimately managed to reveal much more. For it is the feeling behind these daily events that gives Mrs. Dalloway its texture and richness and makes it so memorable.
Reading Mrs. Dalloway was a bipolar experience. I hated it. I loved it. It confused me. Its brilliant prose brought moments of clarity. It bored me. It riveted me. It challenged my mind. My mind wandered. I wanted to abandon it. I couldn’t stop reading.
Did I like it? Yes and no. Will I ever read it again. Definitely not. Unless I find a version with one page the text and the page opposite an explanation of what is going on, what Woolf is alluding to, and What It All Means. Would I recommend it? No.