Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Book Review: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Mrs DallowayMrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was an interesting read. I tried to read this book before but just a few pages in it and I lost track of whose head I was in and I stopped. This week I decided to revisit it and it took me by surprise. I think it is a literary masterpiece.

It is a classic, though it is certainly not for everyone. It is not easy to read and one has to deliberately keep reading. As one reads by... the depiction attention span of human thoughts is splendidly demonstrated. It encapsulates the stream of thoughts so beautifully. Reading it was like being able to read thoughts of the characters. Fascinating how a lifetime and the socio-political set up can be represented with just the thoughts of few people in the timespan of a day. Brilliant!

The characters were realistic and neutral. Woolf is not attempting to make you like or dislike anyone in particular. It pays a good compliment to the stark thoughts and veiled social expression by the characters. The plot is not outstanding but simple, it is not the soul of this book. The plot is just as a prop to keep the poetic writing together. It has many symbolism and motifs included in and thus is a very thoughtful writing by the author.

I am glad that I read it. I recommend it to you if you like reading classics. but this is not a place to start reading classics with. In the end, I would say this book is a work of art.

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