Now 2023 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

ABC I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
The Blight Family Singers by Kit Reed
The Blue Food Revolution by Tim Roux
Bone: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith
Bone: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith
The Channel: Stories from L. A. by Susan Alcott Jardine
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene
Building Manhattan by Laura Vila
The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale by Lora Innes
Earthquake in the Early Morning (Magic Tree House #24) by Mary Pope Osborne
"The Economy of Vacuum" by Sarah Thomas
The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka
A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
I Needs Must Part, The Policeman Said by Richard Bowes
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Jenny's Birthday Book by Esther Averill
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
The Little Band by James Sage
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Oscar and the Cricket by Geoff Waring
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House #25) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Staircase by Ann Rinaldi
"Star-Crossed" by Tim Sullivan
Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett
Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Gary Morgenstein
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers
The Titan's Curse Rick Riordan
Under the Lemon Trees by Bhira Backhaus
Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School by Nathan Hale

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Mrs. Dalloway: 07/16/10

cover art

I came to reading Mrs. Dalloway in a back to front fashion. First I read The Hours by Michael Cunningham and saw the film. Then I went back and read the source material for the Women Unbound Challenge.

What I hadn't expected was just how much The Hours for all it's time travel and artistic license mimics and parallels the original novel. If Mrs. Dalloway were an orange, The Hours would be fruit opened up and taken apart.

Clarissa Dalloway is planning a party. The plans bring to light the lives and troubles of the people in her life: an ex lover, her daughter, a teacher and a war vet who is suffering from shell shock. Coming to the book via an adaptation, I could see the themes unfolding before I would have otherwise.

I think that the experience of having read and loved The Hours and having seen the film helped my understanding and appreciation of Virginia Woolf's novel. By itself I might have found it a ponderous and oddly paced novel.

Comments (4)

Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Comment #1: Saturday, July, 17, 2010 at 11:58:10


I read the book twice before I saw the movie. I'm not sure I would have appreciated the movie as much without knowing the novel. But I loved Streep as Clarissa. I think she nailed it. She made Clarissa come alive for me in more than just a literal sense.

Comment #2: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 19:09:15

I read The Hours and then saw the film. Then I read Mrs. Dalloway. I have the film version of Mrs. Dalloway on my Netflix queue to watch soon.

I liked Streep as Clarissa too.

Comment #3: Sunday, July, 25, 2010 at 00:18:01


Interesting to see it through the prism of The Hours. I read it before I saw the movie and I was not so impressed with the movie.

I do think that the novel is an oddity by itself and can be hard to get through because you have to focus on who is the object of attention at each moment.

If you would like to check out my review of Mrs. Dalloway, here is the link.

Comment #4: Monday, July 26, 2010 at 15:56:01

I don't think I would have been as quick to read Mrs. Dalloway had I not read The Hours first.

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2023 Sarah Sammis