‘Mrs. Dalloway’ is FF Book Club selection for July 14
Fri, Jul 14 2023, 2pm
The next meeting of UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, July 14. This is a departure from the customary fourth Friday meeting, due to several scheduling issues.
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, published in May 1925, is the selection for July.
Mrs. Dalloway appears to be nothing more than an account of externally insignificant events. Clarissa Dalloway, the main character, is a mother of eight and is preparing for a dinner party at her summer home in Scotland.
Literary critic Edward Mendelson, writing in the December 22, 2022, New York Review of Books, said, “In its unobtrusive way, Mrs. Dalloway has the encyclopedic scope of a great national epic … in such matters of statecraft, medicine, crime, technology and religion.” And this is the short list in numerous citations—proof that Virginia Woolf is one of the giants in English literature.
So, what is the dynamic that elevates the ordinary to the exceptional?
Woolf wrote in her diary about Mrs. Dalloway, “I want to criticize the social system, and to show it at work, at its most intense: the disturbing events of tragedy and triumph; the social and moral dilemmas that are everywhere.”
It will be a great read.
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Email Dorothy Marden if you have questions or for the link to join the discussion via Zoom on Friday, July 14. All UMRA members are welcome!
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