I had the pleasure of recently finding the time to finish reading this book. It was good. Not my usual cup of tea, but Woolf’s unique writing style more than makes up for it. She has a way with words that can make even the most commonplace thing seem otherworldly.
The book itself is nothing all that special; yet it’s not a bad read. A celebration of modernism perhaps – a really little Ulysses. It’s a story about the day in the life of one Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway. She is having a party. The story progresses from the morning to evening, switching from the views of one character to another. The characters in the book are interesting and varied. Whether it be Septimus with his delusions of dead legions of men; or Peter Walsh and his unfulfilled love of Mrs. Dalloway: you will certainly not get bored reading it. There is even a brief allusion to a lesbian love of Mrs. Dalloway to one of her friends.
Overall: I would recommend it to those who already like Woolf’s writing style and are looking to read more of it. But, while her writing style is great, the book gets wordy at times, making it a tough read. The descriptions and metaphors will dazzle you such that you might want to take your time reading the book more carefully than usual. My favorite part of the book is where Woolf compares the times of the day to a woman and her changes of clothes; my other favorite part is her revelation in the simple things such as beauty.
Overall I’d rate it a 6.5/10 for a read not knowing who the author is and a 7.5/10 if you are already a fan of Woolf.