Sunday, March 20, 2011

Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway II

"Momma is not a Virginia Woolf fan."


"I just could not deal with her excessive use of semicolons."


"I have to say, I never felt drawn into the book. I honestly had to read aloud to myself just to keep myself interested!"

DID YOU FOLLOW ALONG WITH YOUR FINGER TOO? BECAUSE YOU ARE A CHILD?


"The character of Septimus provides contrast between happiness (party) and sadness (Septimus death) but Miss Woolf chose not to give enough focus on this. It could have been more dramatic if the suicide happened in the party itself"


"One thing I found very intriguing is that one of the main characters commits suicide during the course of the day, which is interesting considering Woolf herself committed suicide in 1941."


"I thought the repeating stuff was awful. I can't imagine people really repeat their thoughts over and over, just rewording the sentence? It was all through-out the book so it seemed more a writer's flaw than an actual thought phenomenon"


"Also, Mrs. Dalloway was a shallow and vapid woman, and I regret being subjected to her inane rambling thoughts. Really. No one cares that you used to be a lesbian"


"I liked the idea of dipping into the the thoughts of people as they went by, but I just didn't feel like it was done as well as it could be. This device has been used to much better, and more coherent effect in other novels, most notably in The Piano Teacher."


"Socialising Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares to give a party, her fist lover Peter Walsh who unexpectedly shows up"

WELL HELLO THERE


"On the other hand what I didn't like about the novel was that nothing happened in the novel, the novel was confusing on many levels especially with the time that everything happned because she doesn't refer to the time of the story and the symbol of the clock is the only indication of time in the novel so it felt kind of slow."


"I was simply overwhelmed by the semicolons. It got to the point where I couldn't follow the narrative because I kept counting the semicolons."

I NOTICE YOU TAKE AN INTEREST IN COLONS. ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MY OWN


"I don't doubt the historical significance of this novel, but historical significance doesn't make a book great. I also know that a lot of people love this book, but that doesn't mean that I do."


"there are no breaks in this story, no chapters, nothing ... the writing is non-linear and seemingly scattered. it's good writing for sure, but i think it's too much feminism stylistically."


"Odd. Very postmodern, stream of consciousness. Not necessarily worth my time."


"Truly a Post-Modernist story."


"It's not that I didn't like the book, really, since I haven't read it. But it's not taking me past that first page, which isn't a good sign."


"Virginia Woolfe's books are the ones English majors like me had to read in college and then never picked up again."


"I'd recommend this book simply because it's by Virginia Wolff and she's such an important American novelist."


"I wanted to love it, because it is Virginia Woolf after all, but I didn't. No chapters ... I felt like I was picking sentences from paragraphs and re-organizing them in my head in order to get general gist of story."

I FELT LIKE I HAD TO... THINK... ABOUT THE BOOK.... AS I READ IT...... AWFUL. ONE STAR

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