Synopses & Reviews
Virginia Woolf's stream-of-consciousness masterpiece follows Clarissa Dalloway through the course of a day as she prepares to host a party in the evening. The beautiful June day brings back memories from her happy schoolgirl years. She wonders about her choice of husband--was she wrong to have married reliable Richard Dalloway, refusing the exciting Peter Walsh, and what was the place of her schoolgirl love? The story travels back and forth in time, densely weaving the texture of an intelligent, upper class woman's life lived within the strictures of post-WW I England.
Clarissa Dalloway, the fashionable wife of a member of parliament, is seen in this novel largely through the impressions and memories within her mind. Moreover, the action is contained within the limits of a single day - the day on which she is to hold an important party.