Has there been a film version?
Yes. In 1997 with Vanessa Redgrave as Clarissa.
Who are the main characters?
Clarissa Dalloway – a wealthy married woman who feels somewhat trapped in her situation, she is bipolar
Richard Dalloway – Clarissa’s husband
Peter Walsh – Clarissa’s old friend, he used to be passionately in love with her
Sally Seton – Clarissa’s dearest girl friend from childhood
Septimus Warren Smith – a young man suffering from mental trauma from the war
Rezia – Septimus’ young wife
What’s it about?
This story follows the characters of Clarissa and Richard Dalloway, Septimus and Rezia Smith as they go through a single day. Clarissa is preparing for a social party she’s throwing that evening and dealing with the return of a former love, Peter Walsh. Septimus and Rezia are trying to deal with Septimus’ ever increasing madness from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the war.
Why is this a classic/bestseller?
It was initially a response to James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” because it took the broad scope Joyce boasted of and turned it inward to focus on a single day.
Do you recommend I read this book?
I personally didn’t care for it, but many people do. I suppose you should try it. It IS a classic.
How did this book make your list?
It was listed as Time Magazine’s Top 100 Novels Ever Written.
Has it won any awards?
“She felt very young; at the same time unspeakable aged. She sliced like a knife through everything; at the same time was outside, looking on. she had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day.” – p 8
“To love makes one solitary, she thought.” – p 23
Boy, do I struggle with Woolf’s writing. I understand why she writes the way she does…I just consider it kind of dragging and pointless after a while. She doesn’t give me a chance to care about any of the characters, she just throws me into their mental process with no sense of relation. And since I don’t feel attached to any of the characters, reading their thoughts just seems like babble to me.