I have seen the movie too many times to count so I thought it was about time I read the book. Virginia Woolf's - Mrs Dalloway; Well what can I say, I am mesmerized at the language and the sheer emotions that the book evokes from me. You can't but take away a part of Virginia with you after each chapter.
This book is intense to say the least, but I cannot put it down.I am haunted by the torment in Woolf's writing. I think the book is reflecting the emotional turmoil of Virginia's own life; it includes feelings of such inadequacies; the emotions of the human condition and how they relate to the everyday.
It is so good to read the imperfections of each character, to find the inappropriate thoughts driven in all of them and to get a glimpse into the restraints of the society in which they reside.
I can picture Virginia in the character of Mrs Dalloway, I see the excruciating conformity, the resentment and the pain of existence in her words. Sometimes you get a glimpse of hope but then Virginia draws you back in; the depression of such tortured souls.
The impussiant character of Peter Walsh compared to the declining mind of Septimus Warren Smith; the workaholic Richard Dalloway to the indeterminate socialistic existence of Clarrisa Dalloway herself. This book is so intriguing. It transforms you to a time in history post World War One where soldiers were returning with inconceivable psychological trauma's. Clarissa is almost a female replica of Septimus; although she has torments of a different nature.
This novel has drawn me into an incredible world of propriety and traditonalism; a narrative about a woman who feels as if the life she leads is inane.
I find myself feeling every written word and its as if Woolf wants you to understand Clarissa's most secret thoughts. It is truly a novel worth delving into. One which will transport you to another place in time.
I must leave you now to continue my journey with Mrs Dalloway.
Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself......................... Virginia Woolf , 1923
If you haven't already read this classic novel then!
Go forth and indulge in the world of pretention, socialize with Clarissa!