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Review: Mrs Dalloway's Party by Virginia Woolf

Mrs Dalloway’s Party is a forgotten classic, and an enchanting piece of work by one of our most acclaimed twentieth century writers. A sequence of seven short stories that were written by Woolf in the same period as Mrs Dalloway — the opening story in the collection was originally intended to be the first chapter of the novel – they beautifully showcase the author’s fascination with parties and with all the emotions and anxieties which surround these social occasions. 423 more words

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Of ogres and muses

What story would you write about? The story of your life, ushered into a single moment of total separation and relocation of the soul, that most spiritual of spiritual structures. 308 more words

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facts uncompromising

“What he said was true. It was always true. He was incapable of untruth; never tampered with a fact; never altered a disagreeable word to suit the pleasure or convenience of any mortal being, least of all of his own children, who, sprung from his loins, should be aware from childhood that life is difficult; facts uncompromising; and the passage to that fabled land where our brightest hopes are extinguished, our frail barks founder in darkness (here Mr Ramsay would straighten his back and narrow his little blue eyes upon the horizon), one that needs, above all, courage, truth, and the power to endure.”

— Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Literature

The Waves by Virginia Woolf #ReviewWomen2015

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For three weeks I have looked at this book on my desk, trying to summon the necessary courage to write my thoughts. 1,037 more words

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a bully with a crowbar

“It is so beautiful, so exciting, this love, that I tremble on the verge of it, and offer, quite out of my own habit, to look for a brooch on a beach; also it is the stupidest, the most barbaric of human passions, and turns a nice young man with a profile like a gem’s (Paul’s was exquisite) into a bully with a crowbar (he was swaggering, he was insolent) in the Mile End Road.”

— Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Literature

“The flower bloomed and faded. The sun rose and sunk. The lover loved and went.”
~ Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf and Monk's House

Did you know you can stay at Monk’s House – the house owned Virginia and Leonard Woolf in Rodmell, near Lewes? The National Trust have created a studio flat over what was once the Woolfs’ garage (and before that, a forge). 469 more words

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