Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Mrs. Dalloway

Just finished Mrs. Dalloway, which I have to say, was not as bad as everyone made it out to be. Yes the stream of consciousness was hard to follow---more distracting than anything else, but the story itself is more intriguing than I was led to believe. Of course the average contemporary reader can benefit much more, if you chose to supplement your reading with notes, etc.

Although, I can not say that Mrs. Dalloway will be a personal favorite; I felt reading it was a matter of endurance rather than enjoyment, I am appreciative of the craft of Virginia Woolf in sculpting the story. I would certainly like to read more Virginia Woolf, and I can’t wait to pick up The Hours, once I get through everything else that’s on my reading list.

2 comments:

Dusty said...

The Hours is great and a breeze to read after Dalloway (I did it the other way around, which is probably a bad idea). If you want more Woolf, I'd recommend To the Lighthouse, which feels much more coherent and lasting. Stream-of-consciousness, sure, but somehow more toward something, if that makes sense.

CChen said...

thanks dusty! I will definitely take your suggestion.